College Lingo: New Vocabulary, Slang and Buzzwords from Today's
Jayce Dean Scott has
over 15 years' experience as a College
Advisor, Educational Consultant, and Public Speaker. He has worked
with over 4,000 students with organizational leadership, career
counseling, crisis mediation and college lifestyle coaching. He
also been the author of over 150 non-profit fiscal development
proposals for organizations ranging from the Houston Symphony to
National Endowment for the Arts.
College Lingo: "Like,
my total Melvin roomie dissed me and tha's after he mooched my munchies
from the R2D2"
English translation: "My complete nerd roommate disrespected
me after taking snacks from the dorm fridge."
Every college has its own set of traditions, history, people and
places. In such self-contained micro cultural universes, there arise
unique words, slang and general sets of vernacular usage better
known as "college lingo". It's possible to hold an entire
conversation between two fellow students where an outsider would
Although dialect peculiarities occur from campus to campus, there
is a pretty good chance that most college tongue (pierced or otherwise)
can be used to get you by at any institution. The breath and span
of this school speak can include: new words, strange combinations
of clichÈs, flavor of the month comedy skits from Saturday
Night Live and one particularly useful and fascinating part of the
college vocabulary - the acronym. This little handy dandy device
is very popular. If a phrase, idea or concept can be crammed into
letters with dots, college students will use it.
Here is a compiled list of the most popular words and phrases
used on campuses today. Knowing them could make the difference between
making you a "fab fresh" or a "freshasaurus".
See below for those definitions:
All over it -
to have things in control ex. "You going to pick up the
pizza?" - "Girl, I am all over it."
All that - superior, conceited, arrogant ex. "That
guy thinks he is all that."
Alpha Greek - the male or female who "rules" the
Greek system - or thinks they do
Antler Festival - parties where there are more men than women
As if - statement of disagreement
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