Common IMSA Slang Terms

When 600+ high school students are thrown into the same environment and expected to interact with each other, it’s inevitable that unique slang words and phrases will develop. For your convenience and/or enlightenment, Acronym has compiled a short list of the most commonly heard IMSA slang words around campus, so that those outside the IMSA bubble can attempt to decipher conversations that they may hear.


gg [jee-jee]
1. good game; it’s over
    Person 1: “Have you finished your Nokk paper?”
    Person 2: “When’s that due again?”
    Person 1: “…in like an hour…”
    Person 2: “gg”

v. intr. gged
    Person 1: “How was the AP Chem test?”
    Person 2: “I got gged so hard!”

caspa [kăs-pəh] (or more formally, casper)
1. sleep: I was going to finish this problem set last night, but casper was calling me
1. sleep:  I’m going to caspa; wake me up before class starts!

yolo [yō-lō]
1. you only live once; I don’t care
    Person 1: Should we still go and watch the sunrise this year? A bunch of people got busted last year…
    Person 2: YOLO! Let’s do it!
v. yolo, -ed, -ing, -s
    Person 1: She’s yoloing so hard this semester, her GPA dropped 0.6 percent

baylife [bā-līf]
1. relaxing life: On my college visit, I realized that California is the baylife
2. to relax: Now that finals are over, let’s baylife!

troll [trōl]
1. A person who jokes around: Bartholomew is such a troll; the other day, he told his RC that he only used his rice cooker as a speaker system, thus nullifying the fire hazard
v. tr. troll, -ed, -ing, -s
1. To purposely annoy someone or make someone angry: Stop trolling me!
1. joke: Did you see the troll picture they submitted for senior quotes?

pls [pliss]
1. please; pls stop making that sound, it’s really obnoxious

you THINK [yū thingk]
1. yeah right
    Person 1: Did you ace that AdChem test?
    Person 2: you THINK

jank [jangk]
1. of questionable quality: Wow, this math model is so jank…

doobs [dōōbs]
1. dubious: What’s making that sloshing noise in your suitcase? That’s so doobs…
2. sketchy

nub [nuhb]
1. A newbie: You nub, I was being sarcastic!
2. A person who is naïve, inexperienced, or foolish

About the Author

Summer Wu
Summer Wu, a rising senior from Lake Forest, is thrilled to be serving as a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Acronym with her roommate, Jen Ren. Her interests lie in journalism, entrepreneurship, and debate, which are reflected in the extracurriculars she pursues. Besides Acronym, Summer serves as the Governor of the Midwest Junior State, promoting civic awareness amongst high school students via political debate. Next year she’ll be living in 1502 C upquad, and she invites you to drop by anytime and chat, especially if you have suggestions! As a Writing Center tutor, Summer enjoys helping others, and encourages you to approach her at any time for assistance. In the following year, she hopes to make an impact on the IMSA campus and get to know as many members of the community as she possible can. With regards to the Acronym, Summer looks forward to bringing IMSA’s humble school newspaper to new heights. (E-mail:

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