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1 Top Slang Words at Gettysburg College This research was conducted by students in ANTH 221 “Language and Culture” Note that we adopt the linguistic approach known as descriptivism rather than that of prescriptivism, meaning that we aim to record language as it naturally occurs without imposing judgment or censorship. Please excuse the presence of words that are politically incorrect, that incorporate profanity, or that are otherwise offensive. To the extent that such words reflect important dimensions of college life and thought, we consider them to be relevant data. Definition of college slang: “oral, informal, highly expressive language that is created and used primarily by students as part of undergraduate life” (Hummon 1994:77) “An ever changing set of colloquial words and phrases that speakers use to establish or reinforce social identity or cohesiveness within a group or with a trend or fashion in society at large (Eble 1996:11) WordFreq.DefinitionExample Sentence Servo 7 The campus’ most popular dining centerDo you want to go to Servo for brunch? C-Stalk, to 4 Using C-NAV to get information about people without asking them. I didn’t know who he was so I C-stalked him last night. Hook up, to 4 A term that means to make out or have sex in a casual way. It can be an event or a state of being in a relationship. I hooked up with a boy on the baseball team last night. -OR- They’re not dating, I think they’re just hooking up. LD’s 4 The Lincoln DinerWe’re going to LD’s tonight. Wanna come with? Bitch Ditch 3 The all girls floor in the basement of Hanson Hall.That first year lives in the bitch ditch. Bullet 3 The Bullet Hole; or, food from the Bullet HoleI’m getting Bullet for lunch. Wanna come? -OR- I’m going to grab something from Bullet for dinner. CUB, The 3 The College Union Building, the main biuling on campus that houses the mailroom, the coffee cart, and bullet hole I’m going to run to The CUB and grab coffee before class. Legit 3 An adjective: shortening of “legitimate;” authentic, appreciated; indicates respect and approval. He just ate 10 hot dogs in 2 minutes. That’s legit. Rage, to 3 (Verb) The act of partying; (Noun) A party.Are you ready to rage tonight? All-nighter 2 An event where someone stays awake most or all of the night, often ending in sleep deprivation. I pulled an all-nighter last night, man. The view of the sunrise is nice from the 3 rd floor of the library. Black out 2 When a person gets so extremely intoxicated that he/she does not remember what happened; his/her memory is gone. I was so drunk last night that I blacked out and don’t remember anything. Bomb, to 2 To have something go horribly wrong. For example, to perform below average on a test. I totally bombed the last question on that exam, I’m not even going to get partial credit. Bro 2 A generic form of reference for a male. No necessarily brothers. A male of similar social behavior to your “typical” frat brother. (one guy passing another) Hey, bro. BTDubs 2 Phonetic pronunciation of 'btw' meaning 'by the way'BTDubs, we're meeting at 12 for lunch. Burg, The 2 GettysburgI’m back in The Burg! DFMO 2 Dance Floor Make Out – occurs at parties that involve dancing and drinking; used as a verb or description. I saw you DFMO with him last night at Phi Sig. Fratty 2 of or pertaining to the perceived fraternity lifestyleYou’re looking quite fratty today. Muss 2 noun: Musselman; refers to Musselman Library or Musselman Hall. I’m living in Muss next year. Natty 2 short for Natural Light, the cheapest and most popular beer at Gettysburg Man, Natty tastes terrible. Noms (om noms) 2 An onomatopoeia, signifying either good food or the act of eating.Let’s go get some noms at Bullet. Prospie 2 Prospective studentThe Gettysburg folder just screams, “I’m a prospie!” Sexiled 2 A mix between Sex and Exile; to refer to a situation in which a roommate is banned from his room due to its occupancy by individuals engaging in fornication. Hey can I come hang out with you for a while? Sally came over to see Bill and I’ve been sexiled for a while. Shwasted 2 A variation of wasted; to drink to excess.Girl, you were schwasted when I last saw you! Space Cadet 2 A name for someone who is spacey, not with it, or not entirely grounded in reality. I didn’t even hear you call my name; I’m such a space cadet today. Stine Lake 2 The area of grass in between Musselman Library and Plank Gym. Called Stine Lake because it used to flood when it rained. Let’s go do some homework on Stine Lake. Totes 2 Short for totally, emphatic affirmativeI’m totes gonna fail that test. -OR- She's totes gonna freak out when she sees this. Walk of shame 2 The walk across campus after spending the night in someone else’s room in the clothes worn the previous night or in borrowed clothes. I hope that the parents in that tour didn’t notice my walk of shame to my room. Ace, to 1 To perform above average on an academic assignment.I definitely just aced that Anthropology exam, I studied for hours! Ballin’ 1 Awesome or extremely coolShe changed her name to Geraldine, how ballin’ is that? Balls 1 Alternative to the classic explicative, used to put emphasis on the topic at hand. It is balls hot outside. Ballsack! 1 An exclamation of distressBallsack! I have a paper due tomorrow. Bang, to 1 Having sex with someone.My friend banged some guy last night. Blaze Up, to 1 (Verb) The act of getting high.I need to blaze up tonight! Boot, to 1 To vomit, especially due to excessive drinking.John just chugged that beer and booted all over the floor. Booze 1 Alcohol, either beer or liquor.We need to get some booze for tonight’s party bromance 1 A non-sexual relationship between two heterosexual men who are unusually close Apparently, his girlfriend felt threatened by his bromance with Rob. Butterface 1 she has a nice body, but [except for] her face…Did you see that girl Tommy hooked up with? She was such a butterface. Caffeine, to 1 Used as a verb, used to signify caffeine intake.I was so tired, I had to caffeine my way through my morning classes to keep from nodding off. Chill 1 A term that can describe a situation or person as relaxed or calmTonight’s going to be chill I think, we’re going to get dinner and hang out. -OR- She’s a chill girl, I really like her chillax, to 1 Used to calm someone down; relax and chillDude, you need to chillax; you probably did fine on that test. Cock Block 1 Phenomenon in which a couple is about to make advances toward one another that are abruptly interrupted by a third party. I was about to get this girl upstairs when her best friend cock blocked me. Conk out, to 1 To sleep soundlyAfter that long rehearsal, I totally conked out. Cool beans 1 An expression that something meets the speaker’s expectations or is in accordance with the speaker’s desires; generally used as an affirmation “want to watch a movie?”/“sure, I’ll be over in ten minutes”/“cool beans.” Crunk(-ed) 1 The highest state of drunkLast weekend I got so crunk; I left my shoes on the roof of Phi Psi. DP 1 Dance partyWhenever this song comes on my iTunes, I have a DP in my room. Drunchies 1 Cravings induced by the consumption of exorbitant amounts of alcohol. I need to go to 7/11...I have major drunchies. Epic 1 Adjective to describe the extreme nature of a topic.Mama's was epic last night. Facebook creeping 1 Looking at a friend’s or stranger’s profile, photos and recent activity, usually due to boredom Thanks to my Facebook creeping, I found out what he was doing when he told me he was sick. F-book IM 1 The abbreviation for facebook instant messaging, a form of talking through facebook. I haven’t talked to her at all, just F-Book IM, which barely counts. FML 1 Fuck my lifeI have three papers due tomorrow and my computer just crashed, FML. Frat shoes 1 The pair of shoes worn often only to frats; nice enough to go out in, but not nice enough to care what happens to them The floor at that frat was so gross. I’m glad I was wearing my frat shoes! Frat, to 1 To go to a party held by an all-male Greek organization.They went fratting over the weekend. Fucktard 1 An emphatic term for someone acting like an idiotThat fucktard tried to make me jealous by flirting with another girl. Gburg 1 A shortened form of Gettysburg, used to refer to the town and/or college. I’ll be going back to Gburg at the end of the summer. Gettysburg Plague 1 A disease that seems to spread through a large portion of the student body. I’ve caught the Gettysburg Plague. Ghetto, The 1 The dorms on the West Quad.I live in The Ghetto. Googling 1 (Verb) The process of using Google.com to search information on something or someone. Give me a second, I’m googling it. Grind, to 1 When two people sexually dance together at a fraternity.You were grinding so aggressively last night with Steve at Phi Sig. Hammered 1 Referring to an extreme state of inebriation due to alcohol in which an individual exceeds a normal and controllable drunken state but is not yet to a point of serious medical danger. How many beers did you have last night? You were so hammered you danced like an idiot. Hot as Balls 1 (Adjective) Extremely hot weather.It is hot as balls in here, I can’t stand it! Hot mess 1 A person in physical disarray or disheveled, yet maintains a degree of physical attractiveness She walked into class this morning looking like a hot mess. How’s it goin’? 1 Greeting: used to ask how someone is doing without wanting to hear a very long response. Hey / Hey / How’s it goin’? / Good. You? / Good. Jacked 1 To be of significant muscular tone.He goes to the gym every day, look how jacked his arms are. Jam 1 Music, a song“Spice Up Your Life” was my summer jam in, like, eighth grade. Jerk Off 1 (Noun) An obnoxious or unliked person.What a jerk off! JK 1 Short for just kiddingYou know that guy you are crushing on, I made out with him last night…JK. Jonesing 1 To have a craving for, or a special want for.He just bought another pack of cigarettes, he’s been jonesing for one all day. Junction, The 1 This is a room in the cub used for student activities and dining.Lets head to The Junction early so we can get good seat for movie night. Kthanxbye 1 A curt dismissal occurring at the end of a rant; A Saying to indicate the end of some sort of narrative I’m done talking to you, kthanxbye. -OR- I was going to name my nerf guns Gaga and Beyoncé, but everyone said no, kthanxbye. Later 1 An interjection: a farewell term; shortening of “I’ll see you later.”I have to go to class now. Later! Lib 1 Abbreviation for the campus library.I’m going to be at the lib all night. Mad 1 Used as an enhancer; veryThe club last night was mad crowded. Madge, The 1 The Majestic TheaterI’m going to The Madge tonight to work. Man-Whore 1 (Noun) A guy who gets around.He’s hooked up with how many girls? Wow, what a man-whore. Midnight madness 1 This is when servo opens to serve junk food late at night on a weekend. Lets go to midnight madness for some mozzarella sticks. Muss Beach 1 The lawn right outside Musselman Hall and the Chapel.Let’s go hang out on Muss Beach today because it’s so nice out. Nail it, to 1 To do something amazingly well.I totally nailed that paper! I got an A! No Joke 1 Substitute phrase for “I’m serious” or “I’m not kidding.”No joke, that’s exactly what I thought you were going to say! Orgo 1 This refers to organic chemistry. The specific abbreviation for this changes from college to college. My friend had an orgo test last week. Own, to 1 be superior or masterful at something: it was so easy that it was not a struggle at all I owned that exam. Pansy 1 A coward; one who lacks in courageI cannot believe he backed down from that fight, what a pansy! Pitchers 1 $3 pitchers of Natty at the Pub Tuesday nights starting at 10pm Are you going to pitchers tonight? Pong 1 short for beer pong, a drinking game involving throwing pong balls into Solo cups 6 feet away He’s playing pong. Pot/weed 1 Two different words used when talking about marijuana.Let’s go smoke some pot (or weed). Pre-game, to 1 Drinking before a party to prevent showing up soberWe usually begin pre-gaming an hour before leaving. Probs 1 probablyI can probs meet you later tonight. Quarry 1 This is referring to the group of apartment dorms built around the quarry. Rise House is located in Quarry. Rally, to 1 To recover following a vomiting stint and continue drinking. He just cracked another beer, wasn’t he just booting in the bathroom? Nice rally. Rents 1 ParentsThe rents are visiting next weekend. Ridic 1 RidiculousThat exam only took me 15 minutes! It was ridic. S ‘n S 1 Department of Public Safety (formerly Safety and Security) I heard that S ‘n S busted that party right after we left last night. Sevs 1 Endearing term for the local 7/11, home to late-night munchie runs. Let's stop by Sevs on the way home. Shady 1 Suspicious, untrustworthy Rob has been acting shady since he mysteriously disappeared yesterday. Shit 1 A general term for stuff or a referent in the general vicinity; an interjection: an expression of frustration; a verb: to defecate; a noun (“to take a-”): feces. Your shit is all over the common room -OR- Shit! I forgot to turn off the stove -OR- Did she really just shit her pants? -OR- He just took a massive shit. Shit Show 1 A situation in which everyone was drunk or high, or both.Last night was such a shit show! Shotgun, to 1 To drik beer from a can in which a hole is poked in the bottom before opening, to allow expedited flow and facilitate chugging. Often takes place in the bathtub to avoid cleanup. Let's shotgun a beer before we go to the bar. Sick 1 Meant to mean awesome, or good. It can describe people, things or events The party last night was sick. -OR- I made sick pasta last night for dinner, it was so good. Skeeved 1 Creeped out There was a really sketchy guy at the frat last night; he really skeeved me out. Sketchy 1 Creepy, weird, sleazy This guy kept following me around last night; he was so sketchy. Snarky 1 Cynical or SarcasticHe keeps making snarky comments about me. Sorostitute 1 Pejorative term for a promiscuous sorority member I saw a group of sorostitutes yesterday talking about who they hooked up with last weekend. Strat Frat 1 Three back to back row homes on Stratton Street inhabited by girls that frequently throw parties. I saw you at Strat Frat last night, right? Struggs 1 (adjective) struggling I was struggs this morning, trying to get to class after that party last night. Suburbs, The 1 The dorms on the East Quad.I live in The Suburbs. Sunday Funday 1 The act of drinking heavily during the day on Sunday.I’m so excited for that Sunday Funday tomorrow. Ten, a 1 A term that describes a pretty girl, who is flawless on a scale of I saw this girl last night, total ten. Tiber, the 1 The stream that runs parallel to the railroad tracks by in town. When it rained last week, the Tiber almost flooded! Tool 1 A person (usually male) who thinks very highly of himself but is actually useless, annoying, etc. He always acts like such a tool when he’s around his friends. Totes inappropes 1 Totally inappropriateDude, that joke was totes inappropes. Townies 1 permanent residents of GettysburgThere are so many townies here [at this bar]. Über 1 A prefix which intensifies the word that follows.That was an über-hard exam, I really hope it’s curved. Veg-Out, to 1 To sit around and do nothing productive, usually in front of a computer or television. I had such a hard week, all I did Friday after class was veg-out in front of the TV and watch House. Wasted 1 When a person gets very drunk.I was so wasted the other night and danced like an idiot. Whatevs 1 Short for whateverHe was talking shit about me behind my back, whatevs. Wicked 1 awesomeThat concert was wicked! Liisa Fetig Lily Clark Kathryn Myser Jessica Schrader Christine Kuhn Tesia Jankowski Kyra Fallon Danielle Berardinaelli Laura Saporito Matt Redman Eric Swanson Kara Tzinivis Paige Phillips Claire Ferrara Kevin Ellis Meghan Hibey David Kantrowitz Lindsey Parker Cynthia Downing Maggie Mintus Luke Scott Donna Perry, Instructor


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