Tuesday, September 06, 2005
"A Lexicon of College Slang"*
- billies local youths who do not attend the university, but may be seen at bars, sporting events, etc.
- dweeb any anonymous person
- an egg an undesirable person, e.g., an undesirable potential fraternity brother
- an atomic egg an extremely undesirable person
- a flame one who is annoying, offensive; also a verb, as in "they're really flaming now"
- geek a person
- ghoul a person who studies to excess and haunts the library
- Tensor-ghoul one who studies secretly after everyone else is asleep (from "Tensor lamp")
- gork a person
- lunchmeat any disagreeable, undesirable person
- nerd undesirable person; also a verb, to study while others are relaxing, as in "they're nerding out"
- throat a student who studies to excess, from cutthroat; also a verb, as in "to throat for an exam"
- townies students who commute from home
- turkey undesirable person
- woodwork formerly enthusiastic person who becomes apathetic and figuratively crawls into the woodwork
- wot or W.O.T. from "a waste of time" as applied to a date who has been disappointing
- yucks lower-class whites who live near but do not attend the university
* Found in the second edition of Paul Churchill's Logic An Introduction, p. 73. He adapted it from John J. Perrotta, "A Hopkins Argot," Johns Hopkins Magazine, January, 1978.