Ebacc, English Bac, E Bac, E-Bac, EBC – how should the new exam be called?

It has been described as the biggest overhaul of the examinations system in a generation, but ignoring the pros and cons of the new English Baccalaureate Certificate, what’s behind the name? The BBC has this on what we should actually call it…

It could be the Ebacc for short, or even English Bac. One might try E Bac, or E-Bac if hyphenation is your thing.

Or maybe kids will prefer EBCs, faintly redolent of the now-departed EMA cash payments to students.

Those on Twitter have been exploring the possibilities since the Education Secretary Michael Gove announced the changes on Monday.

The EBacc – “has a faint air of Yorkshire about it,” says @DavidMills73 on Twitter, while for @poundlandqueen, the new qualification sounds like “some sort of a class A drug, not an exam.”

“Sounds like a hospital-acquired infection,” says @julianvaccari, while @poptartsuk asks: “How do you pronounce EBacc, is it like Ewok? If so I like them a bit more.” In the same vein, @Jamaltyler tweets, “Glad I don’t have to do this Ebacc thing, reminds me of chewbacca!”

Finally, former minister ‏@Andrew_Adonis tweets: “I love Jacob Rees-Mogg’s quip: ‘The problem with EBACC is it sounds like a rather disappointing run of O-level results.”

The revamped English Baccalaureate will replace GCSEs in 2017.

But the English Baccalaureate already exists in one sense. Since 2011, pupils who achieve a GCSE grade C or better in English, maths, a language, history or geography and two sciences get one. EBacc already has a head start as the abbreviation of choice…

More at: The Ebacc: What’s in a name?

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