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What do "the '13s" and the '14s'" mean in this text?

 
 
kathy79
 
Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 07:57 pm
Could anyone explain the meaning of "the '13s" and "the '14s"
part in the below text? This text is about a tree war(a kind of game) played by university students. Do the numbers refer to the class name? This is actually a letter (written in 1912) in a novel.

--> -->Tree wars? They're silly pranks. Every class plants a tree on the campus and then the other classes try to destroy it. My class has already lost one. We've planted anew and have high hopes for the newest member of the '13s. We're guarding it in shifts, armed with eggs and paper sacks filled with water. Danny Norton has been feeding the tree a formula he swears by, but I think it's mostly beer with a bit of bay rum oil to mask the scent. It must be working, as the tree hasn't kicked it yet. The other night we yanked up the '14s' sapling, roots and all!
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 08:07 pm
@kathy79,
I would agree they refer to the graduating classes of 2013 & 2014. It must be out dated as both classes would have already graduated by now.

This is a weird game if you ask me.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 08:28 pm
@roger,
graduating classes of 1913 and 1914
roger
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2014 08:37 pm
@ehBeth,
I should have caught that.
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kathy79
 
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Reply Fri 4 Jul, 2014 02:30 am
@roger,
Graduating class! In my country, we usually use the year when they enter college when calling classes. So the number is very confusing to me. But now your answer makes me understood. Thanks a lot!!!!
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