Exploring College Slang. Joe McVeigh Ann Wintergerst. Slang—an active introduction. tot wastey face fives boo own slammin. Here’s a little context. A: Did you see her hair? You can tell she did that dye job herself! B: Tot !
tot (adv) abbreviation for totally. Used in agreement
wastey face (adj) very intoxicated OR noun; a person who is very intoxicated. Synonyms: hammered, wasted, drunk
fives (n) an exclamation to lay claim to a seat when you are leaving for a few minutes, presumably five minutes. Synonyms: be right back, brb
boo (n) a name for a lover, derived from the french word “beau” which roughly means beautiful. Synonyms: girlfriend, boyfriend.
own (v) 1. to be superior to. Synonyms: to rock, to rule. Usage: comparing similar objects.
slammin (adj) very attractive. Synonyms: hot, good looking.
On Language: Campusspeak by William Safire
N = 203
15.2% ESL students
81.7% domestic students
Middlebury 2007: 10% international
. . . social house residence ?
. . . class year ?
. . . gender ?
. . . international student status ?
Is there a connection between reported slang frequency and social house residence?
to kick the bucket
to bite the dust