Some words are just words and we don't think twice about them. Sometimes they stay that way your whole life and nothing ever changes about them. However, there are select words that completely change meaning once a man joins a fraternity. Here are a select few words that we don't even think about using the pre-fraternity life definition for.
Before: Typically, this word is used for when athletes have a big game coming up. "Game day is coming up soon, gotta keep practicing."
After: This word is exclusively used for when your college team is having a football game, normally on a Saturday. "Hey man, what day is it?" "GAME DAY!!!!"
Before: This word is used to describe when you have a sibling of the male variety. "When my mother was pregnant, she told me I was going to have a brother."
After: Typically, a man has at least 100 brothers who are always there for him. Someone who he can have no filter with and tell anything to: whether it be telling him that his girlfriend is annoying or giving him explicit details on what happened last night. "Last night my brothers told me that my sister was attractive, but I still love them."
Before: This word would normally describe the cleaner that is used to get dust off of your counter tops. "Honey, can you get me the pledge? There's dust everywhere."
After: This word describes a young man who decides to show his dedication and commitment to his fraternity of choice. "Pledges are former young boys that were turned into fraternity men."
Before: When a person is extremely outgoing or the life of the party, we would use this word to characterize that person.
After: This is an organized event in which a fraternity is paired with a sorority for the night, or sometimes the day. These events are usually themed to make the night a little more interesting.
Before: This is an auction term that is used to describe someone who throws down a certain amount of money in hopes that no one will put more down.
After: An overly repeated word that is used during rush week for fraternities. When a kid is given a bid, that offers him associate membership in that particular fraternity. When we see a kid we like, the "bid" word is thrown around like word vomit.