Have you ever been reading for class, and maybe even for fun, come across a word you don’t know, and proceeded to look it up? Confession: Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. It’s a matter of being close to a dictionary and/or remembering to look up the word later when I do have a dictionary.
Either way, when I do learn a new word, it always seems to be some obscure, Latin-based, beyond SAT requirement expression. And sometimes that’s pretty cool. I mean, any language is infinite, constantly evolving and being modified to accommodate our rapidly changing world. As impressive as it is to learn that the Oxford Dictionary just included tweeps, takeaway, and soul patch, I think it’s time we went a bit retro.
Here’s a (goofy) list of some classics and how to apply them in a Loyola lifestyle. (All definitions courtesy of Oxford Online Dictionary)
Suitor: noun, A man who pursues a relationship with a woman, with a view to marriage. The 60:40 ratio on campus made it difficult for young women to find suitors.
Natter: noun, Talk casually; chat. Students frequently natter away at the table by Starbucks.
Bumbershoot: noun, An umbrella. The weather in Baltimore is so fickle every student should have a bumbershoot.
Freck: verb, To move swiftly or nimbly. My friends and I frecked across campus to go to Chordbusters.
Twitter-light: noun, Twilight. When crossing the bridge to Campion and Newman, the twitter-light is particularly appealing.
Swell: adj, Excellent; very good. I think Loyola’s core requirements are quite swell.
Brouhaha: noun, A noisy and overexcited reaction or response. There is always a collective brouhaha when the Loyolapalooza band is announced.
Cloying: adv, An excess of sweetness, richness, or sentiment. The Febreeze left a cloying scent in the air after being sprayed in the flooded apartment.
Defenestrate: noun, The action of throwing someone out a window. Students would almost defenestrate themselves to get out of the classroom as soon as it was 75 and sunny.
Flummox: verb, Perplex greatly; bewilder. I am always flummoxed at how quickly finals approach.
Humdinger: noun, A remarkable or outstanding person or thing of its kind. It’s not hard to find a humdinger professor during your time at Loyola.
Cahoots: pl noun, Colluding or conspiring together secretly. My friends and I were in cahoots planning Ben’s birthday last year.
Kerfuffle: noun, A commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views. Philosophy club kerfuffles are always interesting to watch.
Lambast: verb, Criticize harshly. It’s not uncommon for freshman to be lambasted in their first college paper.
Skullduggery: noun, Underhand, unscrupulous, or dishonest behavior/activities. Loyola has strict policies on skullduggery.
Thrall: noun, The state of being in someone’s power, or of having great power over someone. Students are careful not to become thralls to stress-inducing homework or mass procrastination.
Winsome: adj, Attractive or appealing in a fresh, innocent way. Everyone starts the autumn term looking winsome and energetic.
Saucy: adj, Suggestive in a light-hearted and humorous way. My friends’ saucy retorts provide great amusement and get me through the day.
Balderdash: noun, Senseless talk or writing; nonsense. “Didn’t you hear? They’re trying to cancel Midnight Breakfast!” “Balderdash!”
Woolgathering: noun, Dreamy imagining; absent-mindedness. The Humanities porch is a perfect place to exercise woolgathering.