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.
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!
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
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!
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?
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
1. of questionable quality: Wow, this math model is so jank…
1. dubious: What’s making that sloshing noise in your suitcase? That’s so doobs…
1. A newbie: You nub, I was being sarcastic!
2. A person who is naïve, inexperienced, or foolish