A Blitz by Any Other Name
Your first week in Hanover will most definitely be overwhelming. On top of being in a new envi- ronment, you will be immersed in a distinct and sometimes cryptic dialect otherwise known as Dartspeak. Here’s a quick list of some of the most important lingo so that when your Trippee asks you to get FoCo @now, you’ll know to sit on the dark side because you need your facetime.
@Now: another way of saying right now. Super useful in urgent situations.“TEXT: bbq @ collis @now”BEMA: the Big Empty Meeting Area located behind the East Wheelock Cluster. One of the Dartmouth Seven locations. See below.Blobby: Baker lobbyBlitz: email. Originates from Dartmouth’s old “BlitzMail” system. It will feel weird to use at first but after one term you will come to live and breath blitzes. Noun: “I have like a million blitzes in my inbox right now.” Verb: “Thanks for blitzing me those notes.”Flitz: a flirty blitz. The subject has to be witty and there has to be potential for response.Subject: I was wonderingBody: if you had the notes for today’s class. Also, coffee tomorrow?
Crunchy:term used to describe outdoorsy people. Someone is crunchy if they hike regularly, wearBirkenstocks and have a beard.
“Do you know Andy?”
“Not really, but he hiked the 50 so he must be pretty crunchy.”
-Cest: a suffix that describes a relationship or hookup within a group of people, i.e. floors, trips, etc.“Floorcest is probably a bad idea.”
DDS: Dartmouth Dining Services. You will be- come either fiercely loyal or strongly opposed to DDS and their ways.“Ugh I always forget Collis is closed on the week- ends. I hate DDS.”
Drill: Dartmouth’s own language program re- quired in addition to a language course involving rapid-fire question-answer exercises. Can require waking up at the ungodly hour of 7:45 a.m.
EBAs: Everything But Anchovies. Dartmouth students’ preferred pizza place simply on the basis of its hours. EBA’s takes orders until 2:10 a.m., which is important to keep in mind because it tastes better the later it gets.
Facetime(y): facetime is, essentially, the act of being seen. You can get a lot of facetime in a highly trafficked area like FFB (see below), Collis Patio, and the dark side of FoCo. Someone is facetimey if you see that person everywhere/all the time. “Sitting in the dark side of FoCo gets me my dailyamount of facetime.”
FFB: First-Floor Berry a.k.a. the most facetimey study spot in the library. If you’re sitting here you’re not really working, you’re socializing and/ or getting facetime.“I never get any work done on FFB.”
3FB: Third-Floor Berry a.k.a. the low-key face- timey study spot. Quieter than FFB, but still highly trafficked.
Flair: obnoxiously crazy clothes that you will col- lect throughout your time at Dartmouth. Used for miscellaneous events such as theme parties; the crazier it is, the better. “Yo can I borrow some flair for the Beyoncé party this weekend?”
FoCo: short for food court, the endearing nickname for Class of ’53 Commons, the only all-you-care-to-eat dining facility on campus. FoCo should only ever be called FoCo and nothing else. FoCo has a “dark side” where you’ll find most sports teams taking over tables and a low-key “light side.”Good Sam: A College policy that allows one to get help from S&S (Safety & Security) when a friend is highly intoxicated without either of you facing disciplinary action
HPo: Shor t for the Hanover Police — usually you’ll be dealing with S&S, so if HPo comes around, watch out.
LNC: Late Night Collis, the after-hours version ofCollis, which features anything from sweet potato tots to milkshakes to cheddar pierogies, this is a common way point on a night out, or for students up late studying nearby.
NARP: Short for “Non-Athletic Regular Person,” this one you sort of learn the usage as you go. Example: “Wow, I feel so narpy in this lanyard.”Roughsynonymsinclude:“silly,”“lame.”
S&S: Safety and Security is our campus security. Avoid them on the walk back from frat row.
Self-call: When you brag about yourself. Can be done purposefully and unknowingly, but should be avoided either way.
Shmob: freshmen + mob; used to refer to the packs of freshmen who go out and about typi- cally during the early weeks of the fall (after the fraternity ban expires, of course)
The Dartmouth Seven: seven less-than-intimate spots on campus where people, um, “get it on.” These are: the 50-yard line, the Top of the Hop, the stacks, the Green, the BEMA, the President’s lawn and the steps of Dartmouth Hall.
Trippee:a term for the members of your first-year Dartmouth Outing Club Trip
Touching the Fire: when a freshman tries to touch the bonfire at Homecoming. Highly en- couraged by upperclassmen, highly discouraged by Hanover Police (read: you will get arrested).