The word and its meaning came to me in a dream last night:
alecry /ˈal-ə-krē/ nounNow that I’m awake, the etymology is, for me, obvious: ale as in Alewife Station, last stop on the MBTA’s Red Line, three stops past Harvard Square; and cry as in mimicry . Never mind that alecry lacks the sound of ale . That’s my etymology and I’m sticking to it.
: the rehearsal in imagination or memory of the events of a graduation ceremony
[What has been running through my head: the song from our son’s graduation ceremony, “Children Will Listen.” It will not leave. More dangerous than “Summer Breeze”!]