9 Slang Terms Every Washington And Jefferson Student Uses On A Daily Basis

9 Slang Terms Every Washington And Jefferson Student Uses On A Daily Basis

We have our own language, it's kind of a big deal.

Every region has its language. We call that slang. What we don't say is that is gets even worse. (Sorry for those that have English as a second language, us Americans like to be difficult.) How does it get worse? Every town, community, church, school, and university has their own made-up slang. Wanna feel like you go to Washington and Jefferson? Here's 8 slang words every Washington and Jefferson College student knows.

1. Gint's

"Hey, wanna stop over Gint's later?"

Yeah, I promise, it's pronounced just like that. Take the alcoholic, old time favorite of Billy Joel, Gin, and add a -t's to the end. Any idea? I promise it doesn't involve a Frat Party. This one's the colloquial term of George and Tom's, the café below Residence Life. Shortened to GnT's and from there, Gint's, it's a great place to grab a quick bite to eat, and to pretend you're gonna study.

2. Res Life

"Nah, I can't, I have to meet Tyler from Res Life."

Speaking of the building where George and Tom's sits, there's a well known office upstairs for those of us that can't seem to stay out of trouble in their dorm. That office is the Office of Residence Life, or Res Life. If you're always in trouble, at least they're the same people that do "Feel Good Friday." Maybe you can get some popcorn and smooth things over.

3. DP

"It's in DP 100 at 5 o'clock."

Though this one is used more in writing than speech, it's obvious euphemism means it had to be on the list. Any ideas? Remember, this is a G-rated article. Despite what that dirty mind of yours is saying, this abbreviation refers to Dieter-Porter, a science building known notably for its Biology and Ecology classes.

4. Monti's

"The Oreo Milkshake at Monti's is obviously the best."

Just so we are all on the same page, the last sentence is totally true. I'll accept no other alternative. Known as Monticello's, this place is known for it's scalding-burn-your-tongue Tostito's Pizza Rolls, milkshakes, and free pizza on Friday and Saturday nights.

5. Dean Eva

"Dean Eva totally rocks!"

If you guessed "person" for this one, you'd be right. Dean Eva Chatterjee-Sutton is the Vice President and Dean of Student Life. She's also a winner of the "Greatest Person To Talk To" award, but I don't think that trophy has come in yet. Either way, she's a great person, and you'll meet her at least once if you should decide to leave your dorm.

6. Whichi Coax

"Whichi Coax, Whichi Coax...*groans*"

Maybe I'll come to love it, maybe I probably won't. Either way, its in the official Fight Song of Washington and Jefferson, and it's supposed to be Latin for the way a frog would sound in a play. *crickets* Yeah, there's a whole big story involving another school that does a similar thing, but they use a more "modern English" version, and Washington and Jefferson students decided to use an older version to show how smart we are, but don't quiz me on the particulars. According to an unnamed source, it wasn't popular before our former president, Tori Harring Smith, came into office, and it's success now, is...well...yeah.

7. Chestnut Street

"He went out on Chestnut Street and came back in a wheelbarrow."

That may or may not have happened, I will neither confirm nor deny those events. Either way, doesn't seem much like slang until you step back and look at it. This refers to "Frat Row," or the street that all the fraternities and sororities are on. It also gives rise to its own slang, like Beta, referring to a fraternity house, as well as others. A language within a language. *Inception movie credits play*

8. THS

"Did you see THS the other day? She wasn't wearing red!"

Let's clear this up first, that last sentence has not happened since THS took office in 2005. Not. Once. If you haven't figured it out by now, THS is a person. Dr. Tori Harring Smith joined Washington and Jefferson College in 2005, and has a laundry list of accomplishments and accolades, both at the school and abroad. She changed W&J in innumerable ways, and will always be, in my mind, one of the best presidents we have had. Her love for the school, passion for education, and dedication to her students was unmatched. She will be missed, as she has since left to be with her family and enjoy life outside of Washington. Now to figure out what the next president's nickname is going to be...

9. Dubjay

"Yeah, I go to Dubjay."

With all the academics going on, and the hard work being done by the students, it's no wonder that the students found a way to shorten "Washington and Jefferson College." Kinda a mouthful, right? Coming from the full name of the college shortened to its abbreviated form, W&J, "dubjay" is the cornerstone of a W&J student's existence, and if you didn't know this one, you're probably not a student.

To new students: study this, there's gonna be a quiz.

To everyone else: be glad there isn't a quiz. Welcome to the Dubjay family!

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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