Matriculating

I have a problem with the verb “to matriculate”, which is often found in sentences like “the student must submit form I99Z before matriculating.” For whatever reason (insanity?), I would expect the verb to be used in a variety of other contexts.

“Honey, the dog has matriculated all over the carpet again!”

“Set phasers to ‘matriculate’.”

“This species reproduces by matriculation.”

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