Bell, Book, and Candle
Heard 'Round Campus
Rumors have no place in civil student conduct. Make gossip end with you!
- Math senior Walter Gilman died last May of alcohol poisoning; he drank a whole bottle of whiskey after being told he was flunking out.
- Math senior Walter Gilman died last May of rabies from a rat bite.
- Old Squinty, the mummy in the Museum? He was a high priest who was executed for drunkenness. They say on the night of the Winter Solstice, Squinty roams the Museum, thirsty for beer. Be sure to have one more for “Squinty’s revenge” at your next party!
- A girl fainted a few years back during a tour of the Exhibit Museum. They say she was looking at those queer bits of gold baubles from Innsmouth.
- If a professor is more than 15 minutes late to class, you can leave.
- If your roommate commits suicide, you get all A’s for the semester.
- The old Abandoned House on Church Street is haunted.
The following “slang” words will not be tolerated in term papers or classroom discussion:
All Wet – describes an erroneous idea or individual, as in, “he’s all wet.”
And How – I strongly agree!
Applesauce – an expletive. As in “Ah applesauce!”
Balled Up – confused, messed up.
Beat his/her gums – idle chatter.
Bee’s Knees – an extraordinary person, thing, idea; the ultimate.
Butt me – I’ll take a cigarette.
Cat’s Meow/Cat’s Pajamas – something splendid or stylish.
Cheaters – eyeglasses.
Clam – a dollar.
The Darb – a person with money who can be relied on to pay the check.
Don’t take any wooden nickels. – Don’t do anything stupid.
Ducky – very good.
Edge – drunk, a buzz. “I’ve got an edge.”
Egg – a person who lives the big life.
Fish – a college freshman.
Flat Tire – a dull-witted person.
Get a wiggle on – get a move on.
Heebie-Jeebies – the jitters.
Horsefeathers! – an expletive.
High-Hat – to snub.
Juice Joint – a speakeasy.
Keen – attractive or appealing.
Live wire – a lively person.
Mrs. Grundy – an uptight or tight-laced person.
Nifty – great, excellent.
Now you’re on the trolley! – “Now you’ve got it!”
Palooka – a social outsider, from the comic strip character Joe Palooka.
Pill – a teacher.
Says you! – a reaction of disbelief.
Sheba – a woman with sex appeal (from the movie Queen of Sheba starring Clara Bow).
Sheik – a man with sex appeal (from the Valentino movies).
Wet Blanket – a killjoy.
What’s eating you? – what’s wrong?
Whoopee – to have a good time.
You slay me – that’s funny.
More prohibited words can be found at the Internet Guide to Jazz Age Slang.
An informal study of this year’s incoming roster revealed the most common boys’ and girls’ names this year; see if you can spot yours!