The Badger's Guide To UW-Madison's Slang

The Badger's Guide To UW-Madison's Slang

Because a dictionary definitely can't help you with this.

1. Sconnie

Literally, anything that relates to Wisconsin. It is typically used to describe someone who lives in Wisconsin and is an identity that people use with pride. If you are a Sconnie, you probably love the Packers and have been dreaming to be a Badger since the womb; you also probably have an excellent taste in cheese and ice cream.

Use it in a sentence: “It’s 25 degrees and snowing and that guy is wearing athletic shorts; he is definitely a Sconnie!”

2. Coastie

A term used to describe a student who attends UW-Madison that is originally from the east or west coast. You can usually identify a coastie by their intense winter jacket, beanie, and snow boots as soon as the temperature hits 35 degrees. No, they definitely are not from the Midwest, but they still love the Badgers and Madtown just as much as everyone else.

Use it in a sentence: “She is totally a coastie, she’s in snowboots and it's 50 degrees out!”

3. College

When a Badger says they’re at “college”, they are most likely not talking about the university as a self but instead College Library. College Library is located in Helen C. White Hall and is one of the hottest spots to get work done on campus. The library looks over the lake and has a view like no other.

Use it in a sentence: “I really need notecards; are you coming to college anytime soon?”

4. Memorial or ‘Mems’

Again, memorial is also a semi-confusing term for outsiders that is used to describe another one of the most popular libraries on campus. Oftentimes, it is abbreviated to ‘mem’ in texts from one Badger to another.

Use it in a sentence: “I was at memorial all night, yet still I feel so unconfident for this exam.”

5. FAC

Friday After Class. FAC is an acronym used across campus for students trying to let loose and have fun after a long stressful week of classes. If you are passing by the Kollege Klub on Friday afternoon at 3, you are guaranteed to see a line of Badgers waiting anxiously to get allowed in by the bouncers.

Use it in a sentence: “I had the longest week ever, so I'm going to FAC tomorrow.”

6. A-bar

Simply, after-the-bars. An A-bar is a slang used to describe an after-party that often takes place at a fraternity or apartment. After a wild night at the bars on State, the night is still not over for those who choose to finish off their nights at an a-bar.

Use it in a sentence: “There is actually no chance I make it to the a-bar tonight.”

7. Curds

Cheese curds. For non-Sconnies, these things are basically mini mozzarella sticks but 100x better.

Use it in a sentence: “Screw the freshman fifteen, let’s get curds!”

8. Langdon

Langdon is the capital of greek life in Madtown. Beautiful homes line the road housing fraternity and sorority chapters. On game days, you can expect Langdon to be filled with prideful Badgers in a sea of red and white. When looking back on your college experience, you are almost guaranteed to have some of your favorite and craziest college memories on this street.

Use it in a sentence: “It was 70 degrees last Saturday, so as you can imagine Langdon was filled with tons of darties!”

9. The KK

The Kollege Klub. It is not to be confused in a texting conversation as if someone is confirming what you are saying, but instead, the location where Badgers love to spend their Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and maybe even Sunday nights.

Use it in a sentence: “Last night, I kept buying everyone drinks at the KK.”

10. Insomnia

If you think someone is talking about Insomnia, they’re rarely referring to their lack of sleep. Instead, they are probably raving about their late night Insomnia Cookies.

Use it in a sentence: “I need to go to the gym today, last night I had so much Insomnia.”

11. State

When someone refers to their location as ‘State’ in Madison, they are never talking about the state of Wisconsin itself. Instead, they are talking about State Street, the cultural epicenter of all of UW-Madison. Lined with infinite bars, restaurants, apartment buildings, and shops, State Street is all any college student could ask for and more.

Use it in a sentence: “I will be there in 5 minutes, I’m on State right now.”

12. Varsity

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we unite as one when we sing Varsity. If you didn’t make your high school’s Varsity Basketball team and are still upset about it, no, this is not the same Varsity we are talking about. Instead, it is the alma mater for all Badgers that is sung at special events such as commencement.

Use it in a sentence: “I shadily love singing Varsity.”

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There is nothing wrong with wanting to bring friends over to your dorm or apartment, but sometimes it is not the right time. During the day, it is completely fine to blast music, but when midnight comes around, it becomes obnoxious. Getting woken up on a school night is not fun, so here are some ways to handle having either one or two loud roommates.


1. Play Loud Music(With/Without Headphones)

If their talking extremely loud or having a loud karaoke session with their friends, it’s only fair to blast your mixtape or your favorite song. Really good ear buds or headphones will do the trick too.


2. Bring Over Your Friends

They want to have a party, then make it a party! You can ignore your roommate while having fun with your own squad. If they get annoyed when their being just as loud with their friends, it means they are hypocrites and it is not your problem.


3. Buy a Big Fan

This works better in an apartment where everyone gets their own room. I know from personal experience that once that loud fan comes on, it blocks out most of the noise surrounding you. I don't recommend using it during the winter unless you get really annoyed.

4. Leave


This is my least favorite solution since it’s not fair, but it isn't a bad idea when you’re on the verge of cursing someone out. Try finding a friend to hang out with. If not, drive or walk around for a while. Just find some peace and quiet, especially if you have to study.


5. Talk to Them

Even if you don’t think they will listen, it doesn't hurt to try. You could address them while their being loud to remind them that you're not deaf. Or you could sit them down and make some sort of an arrangement where you both feel comfortable. If you talk to them and they chose to still be obnoxious, then you might want to consider the other solutions above. Or better yet, get a new roommate.





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Why the suburbs raised me well and I didn’t realize it.

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