To Paraphrase Winston Churchill, We Are in Some Ways Separated from Our Students by Our Ostensibly Common Language

For the first time, this year’s Mindset List includes an addendum—a list of slang words that will be familiar to most members of the class of 2019 and that presumably have become more widely used, even if they were not coined, over this past year.

The list includes somewhat conversational definitions of the terms and illustrations of how each might be used in a sentence. But I have to admit that some of the definitions and sample sentences were almost as incomprehensible me to understand as the terms themselves would have been without any context whatsoever. So, I have looked up the terms in the online Urban Dictionary.

The only term not listed in the Urban Dictionary is “too Yoko Ono,” which oddly enough is one of the two terms that I would have been able to define, the other being “trolling.”

1. dankrupt: to be out of marijuana.

2. Natty Light: an important part of every college kid’s nourishing diet.

3. quiche: Used to describe someone who is hotter than hot.

4. redneck teleprompter: crib notes written on a public speaker’s hand in order to remind him or her what to say during a speech or interview.

5. smartphone shuffles: the act of walking slowly or “shuffling” because you’re too preoccupied with tasks being done on your smartphone such as browsing the internet, texting, etc.

6. textroverts: one who feels an increased sense of bravery over texting, as opposed to in person, or one who will often only say what they really feel over text messages.

7. TL DR: Too Long, Didn’t Read–term used to explain something (usually a post) that’s too long, and they were too lazy to read

8. too Yoko Ono: a significant other who creates tensions among one’s friends.

9. trolling: being a prick on the internet because you can; typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it’s the internet and, hey, you can.

10. Vatican roulette: another name for the rhythm method of birth control.





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