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The Ultimate College Dictionary: Lingo You Need To Know From A-Z

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By Emily Grier

As most college students will tell you, at some point during your first few days on campus, somebody will say something to you and might as well be talking in Finnish. And while awkwardly showing up to an ABC party dressed as your favorite consonant makes for a great freshman year anecdote, a quick review of this Dictionary will have you talking the talk in no time. So fear not, pre-college kids: this is your guide to college lingo. And just to clear this one up...

ABC Party: “Anything But Clothes” Party.
Attendees wear (as the name implies) anything but clothes: monopoly money, duct tape, candy bar wrappers, calculus notes, etc. It’s a great excuse to flaunt your creativity at making clothes out of, well, not clothes (and you thought that skill would never come in handy!).

Big-Little Week: Usually lasting about one week during each semester, a secret “big sister” (older member) in a sorority indulges her “little” (new member) with presents and surprises.

Trust me: whether you’re in a sorority or not, you’ll know when Big-Little Week is upon your campus. Neon posters covered in glitter and ribbons will grace girls’ doors with phrases like, “I love my little!” and miniature candy bars spelling out Greek letters will be found in many a hallway. For sorority sisters, it’s a week of pampering and fun. For non-sorority sisters, it’s the week that makes you question why you didn’t rush (who wouldn't love an entire week of presents?).

Bro: Used to describe the archetypal college party boy. You can usually find your fair share of bros prowling around campus on the weekends, looking for whatever combination of girls, booze and parties they can get their hands on. A bro can be easily identified by his signature lax pinnie and (often matching) flat billed hat ... attractive, I know.

BYOB: Bring your own ... banjo? Bicycle? Boom box? Boy? BYOB usually stands for “Bring Your Own Beer/Bottle.”
Typically, this means that the host of a party will not be providing alcohol, but guests can choose to bring their own.

Common Room: A shared living space or lounge in a dorm. Here’s the thing about a common room: everyone has it in common. Hence, they serve as the perfect place to get a little studying done AND to chat up any guys and girls that live in your building that you'd like to get to know a little better.

Helpful hint: don’t leave any personal belongings alone in a common room for too long. Common rooms serve as a great place for college kleptomaniacs to get their jollies (then again, “Sorry, Mom, somebody must've stolen that fuzzy unicorn sweater you got me for Christmas after I accidentally left it in the common room,” is always a legit excuse).

Creeper: (Generally) a person who is notorious for doing weird things ... really weird things. Typically, guys are the first ones to be labeled as a “creeper.” These are the guys who will watch you for a solid 20 minutes at a party before coming up behind you and creepily asking you to dance. They’re also the guys who just seem to be ... (how do I put this nicely?) ... one fry short of a Happy Meal.

Of course, girls can be creepers, too. Usually, a girl creeper is used in the context of a less-than-normal roommate. You know ... the one who stares at you while you sleep or watches you floss your teeth before bed. It’s pretty easy to spot these unique students ... creeper tendencies are hard to hide.

Darty (or Day-long): A party occurring during the day (aka an excuse to rage in broad daylight). At many college campuses, darty or day-long season begins in early spring, when the weather starts to warm up, and typically ends right before finals start.

Dead Week: The last week of classes before final exams. Usually by the time Dead Week rolls around, professors have already accomplished everything on the syllabus, so they will refrain from assigning anything new (good). BUT that also usually means that you already have a killer amount of studying to do (bad).

Dorm-cest: Hook-ups and relationships between two people living in the same dorm. This is probably the most inevitable part of living in a dorm. When you spend the majority of your time around the same few floors of guys, it's likely that at least a few intra-dorm hook-ups and relationships will happen throughout the year. Caution: Dorm-cest often results in drama and awkward post-hook-up interactions.

Drop: You were signed up to be in a class, but you have since taken it off of your schedule (you have ‘dropped’ it).

DFMO: Dance Floor Make Out. A semirespectable acronym for a (let's be honest) not-so-classy act.