NARP

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Narp: noun, acronym. General Denotation: NARP is an acronym of “non-athletic regular person,” used to describe someone who does not participate in sports. Etymology: While the exact origins of this word are unclear, it first appeared on urban dictionary in January of 2010, while my interviewees either had not heard of the word, or had […]

Smol

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Smol: adj. Slang word General Denotation: Smol is often used to refer to something that is not only extremely small, but also adorable. Pronunciation: smohl, rhymes with “coal.” Etymology: Smol is a misspelling of the word ‘small’ popularized over social media in mid-2015. While the first use of the word is unclear, it was largely popularized […]

Accumaticity

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Accumaticity: n. Blend. A combination of the words “accuracy” and “automaticity,” which is used to describe reading accuracy and fluency, most prevalently within the domain of early literacy. Etymology: “accuracy,” from the Latin prefix ‘ad’ and root ‘cura,’ which later became the Latin ‘accurare.’ [OED Definition] “automaticity,” formed within the modern English language, using the […]

Sinfonicron

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Blend : n.  A theatre Organization on the William and Mary Campus which produces one show every year during the Winter Break. Etymology: The word Sinfonicron was created in 1965, as a blend of two Theatre and Music groups on the William and Mary campus – Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Delta Omicron. Sociolectal Information: The […]

Stitch Bitch

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Jargon:  n. A woman who frequently sews or mends clothing, including theatrical costumes or cosplays. General Denotation: An often sassy or feisty female costumer. Etymology: Stitch, from the Old English ‘stice,’ meaning puncture or a stabbing pain Bitch, from the Old English ‘bicce’ Sociolectal Information: While not widely known outside of the theatre community, “stitch bitch” […]