Can someone guide me through the linguistic shoals of "conservatoire" vs. "conservatory"? Are they used in exactly the same way? Can you substitute one for the other simply to reduce the number of times you use a particular word? Is there an understood difference of class or prestige between the two? Is there a difference between British and American English? Ignoring the issue of the actual official name of a music school, are there particular sorts of schools you would only use one or the other for? Do people show a personal inclination toward one or the other - and what does that tell us about the person in question?
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