Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Freshman

FRESHMAN, n. A student acquainted with grief.

2006 Update: In High School, a jaded lover and recovering alcoholic. In college, a dew-eyed innocent.

Welcome to college, Solace Cai. Best of luck and remember, books are for nerds.

Get well soon, Penguin!

57 comments:

Minka said...

Fresh and ready to embark on today´s word...
better publish, before some will get fresh with me....

puppybrose said...

freshmen: as opposed to those who've gone stale.


fire up the coffee maker...it's gonna be a long day

Solace Cai said...

You know, that one sounds more like you're picking on me *goes away to pout* anyway...
Freshman: the new kids that all the upperclassmen see as useable.
example: Freshies will do the work of an upperclassmen just to be invited to a party that turns out to be some lame excuse for a 4 year old's birthday party.

cj said...

freshman: the unforunate younger souls on a high school campus who can be found at times riding through the hallways duct taped to their skate boards.

:) Oh how I wish I was a college freshman, those were the days!

puppybrose said...

freshman: cheeky fellow?

Joel said...

Freshman Senators - Usually irrelavent newbies who are, in most cases, years away from serving their state's interest, or more likely, their own.

Freshman Football Player - Often times one who wears a "red-shirt."

FelineFrisky said...

Puppytoes has it! lol I vaguely remember those days, pure hell. Ah, but those were the good 'ol days, sigh..... D

QuillDancer said...

Freshman:
1) a delusional state;
2) one who still has dreams and aspirations of changing the world singlehandedly

QuillDancer said...

CJ -- we went to the same high school! (You suppose that little guy is still trapped in his locker?)

puppybrose -- your answer #1 was my first thought; but you forced me to work harder, Your answer #2 is perfect.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Fresh meat.

cj said...

Quilldancer: You know I've thought about them from time to time over the years. I think the hazing gave them more character and some motivation! All that time stuck in a cramped locker they must have spent thinking of ways to be successful! :) I never spent time IN a locker, I had an older brother who was a senior and thankfully my sister and I were off limits. Those were the days!!

Sar said...

Freshman: A new opportunity to encourage Wild Boys to Take on Me because Girls Just Want To Have Fun and Some Like It Hot. It was Almost Paradise, but the any Smooth Operator ultimately found himself left On The Dark Side because I was Like A Virgin which was a Hard Habit To Break.

Miz BoheMia said...

Freshman~ a crisp smack of a reality that was 500 students in this here new land as opposed to a class of 20 back in the old world... a baffling word and anxiety-inducing reality...

And to those who laughed at me when I walked around with a map I say PFFFFT! Well, that is the PG version otherwise I would say YOU MOTHA...

Ok, ok, relax hermano! I'll behave... a little... just for you... *sigh*

O Ceallaigh said...

FRESHMAN, n. Relict species, persisting only in North America. Replaced elsewhere by the "first year", which, through a single serendipitous point mutation, has shed the parasite burden of both the gender cop and the punster.

Recovering alcoholic, Doug? Since when?

:)

karma said...

We have no such word here, though going to college after school is a natural process.

'Fresh' is the feeling after a nice warm bath, then dabbing oneself with a big soft terry, using a nice deo and getting into clean clothes. I'm afraid I can't define 'man'


xckiktv: dead cow kicked the TV

Doug said...

Minka, well done!

Puppybrose, put something a little extra in mine.

Nah, Solace, I chose the word in your honor and wrote the definition for the global audience it will surely find. What is an upperclassman doing with a 4-year-old kid? It should be 8.

CJ, that's not misfortune it's a choice. They're asking for it.

Puppybrose, that one's clever. Took me a minute but I'm a new kid.

Joel can I offer this? FRESHMAN SENATOR, n. Early contender.

Ha, FF! The good old days of hell is a great description.

Quilldancer, you promised you'd be back in an hour! What did I miss? Anything?

TLP, that explains the locker.

CJ, I wonder if my kid sister tells her story the same way.

Sar, who're you kidding?

Miz B, no need to behave. Explain maybe?

O Ceallaigh, to be honest, I don't remember freshman year too well.

Karma, you have a strange and special talent.

QuillDancer said...

Doug, I was too afraid of the kids who shoved you in that locker to let you back out. I asked CJ to do it! Blame her.

Tom & Icy said...

It would be so nice to feel that dew eyed innocence of a Freshman one more time instead of the delusions of grandeur of a Senior.

Jamie Dawn said...

Freshman: a just-showered male who smells of Irish Spring, and who is not sporting any stubble.

Jamie Dawn said...

Tom's (& Icy) comment is hilarious!!

Anomie-Atlanta said...

Freshman: The author of many bad poems exalting angst born out of an upper-middleclass existence and the sudden discovery of sexual freedom.

ariel said...

freshman: man is right out of the shower.

O Ceallaigh said...

Oh, Doug, was that "recovering alcoholic" line, um, autobiographical? I thought it was a generic reference - "recovery" is not the usual state of the bibulous first year, at least in my experience.

Tom, speak for yourself. Give me seniority and experience any day.

INNOCENCE, n. The doubtful bouquet of anticipation compounded with the reek of fear.

G said...

Freshman: Just being happy to be able to "read the writing on the wall".

mireille said...

I like OC's def of innocence ... we're all a freshman at something. xoxo

pia said...

Excuse me, books are not for nerds. Just don't have time to read them anymore

Freshman: The worst time of my life in high school and best time in college: what I seem to be forever in life which is why I always need Doug's advice

brian said...

Good afternoon everyone,

I have been meaning to say this for awhile. As you know with my CFS, I have a hard time following threads. I don't mean to ignore anyone here, but after reading the comments here today, I am lost. But they are all great comments.

The Freshman 15. Although a recent article pointed out it is actually 5-10 pounds gained. But since Benjamin now means $100 rather than the 5 and Dime stores, we will stick with 15.

Packing on the pounds
your freshman year
when walking the grounds
one tends to vear
that siren sound
brings you to tears
cafeteria food abounds
eating is a fine career.

Miz BoheMia said...

Explain? *sigh* I guess the mystery will be gone then, huh? Oh well!

Simply put, in Spain there were 20 in my class and when we moved to the US, as a freshman nonetheless (a word, which by the way, puzzled me until someone explained to me what the hell it was!), it was a huge culture shock to have 500 people in "my class" and the school, by Spanish standards, was so big that without a map I would have been absolutely lost the first number of weeks...

... something which seemed to be quite the oddity and therefore a reason to pick on me, frizzy-haired-swollen-nose-awkward-chick-with-the-weird-accent-and-odd-ways girl that I was... but that did not last too long as I soon learned that befriending a football player or two worked quite to my advantage thank you very much!

I was a freshman at many things, not just high school American style! Dios mio que recuerdos!

Better?

Freshman... so much better than FROSH! Blech!

Miz BoheMia said...

And the nose was swollen because of an annoying thing called puberty... so badly timed that! But I digress...

When don't I, I ask? *sigh*

otwatk- Ott wan that kid! Yaa, yaa!

weirsdo said...

"BOOOOks are for nerd's!!!" We are sole mate's!!!!!

The Village Idiot said...

beanie wearing student

Mutha said...

Miss B...Be careful when you call out to "You Motha" because the real MUTHA may appear.

Freshman: All to gain and much to lose. Easy pickins for upperclassmen, roving professors, and philosphers just waiting to blow your mind.

Doug said...

"The kids" Quilldancer? Did you think I didn't recognize you? You carried that same stupid feather when you shoved me. *achoo*

By innocence, Icy, you mean silent delusions of grandeur? Good girl!

Jamie Dawn, I'm afraid I'm a mite too strong.

No lie, Anomie. "I sit in my cubbyhole. Waiting. Waiting." from Matt Groening's School is Hell.

Ariel, I think you might be thinking of a married pig.

Old age and treachery, O Ceallaigh. Take it every time.

G, you mean "Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin" or "For a good time call Gina?"

Mireille, you've been a Catholic, A Jew, a writer, paralegal, student, perfume afficianado, make-up maven, poet, bride, divorcee, bride again and Wednesday Guest. I'm guessing you're a sophomore.

Pia, I didn't mean your book. Back to work, would ya?

Brian, that one was especially good, nice irony at the end. We'll make a sarcastic sucker out of you yet. I hope Diane will thank me.

Claro, Miz B. I wondered which "here" you meant. You sure grew up pretty.

Pansi, I new it!!!!

Village Idiot, how is that different from VILLAGE IDIOT?

Speak of the Mutha and she appears. Hasn't that always been so. Sinister definition. I like it.

The Village Idiot said...

Doug

One is a student, one is a student sitting in a corner with a pointy hat.

The Village Idiot said...

And to clarify, That is a large, tall conical hat with one point, not a hat with many points

mireille said...

jeez, you make it sound like a lot. all of a sudden, I have sophomore slump. xoxo

QuillDancer said...

Doug, I rarely find it necessary to resort to physical violence. I learned quite young that the proper phrase administered at just the right time had infinately more power then even the most skilled punch. Only once in high school was I moved to physical violence. A certain young man took unacceptable liberties with my person and I had to teach him some manners.

I don't really recall what he looked like -- I mean, before he turned that funny purple color and toppled into that locker. Are you confessing to being that young man? Did they have to do surgery to remove my shoe? And by any chance do you still have it? They were my favorites.

VI -- I entirely missed the point of your explanation.

Doug said...

V.I., thank you. I was confused for a second.

Nonsense, Mireille, although I think you should declare a major.

Sounds like me, Quilldancer. Did he have floppy ears? Yes I have your shoe and no way am I giving it back.

Doug said...

I love that shoe.

actonbell said...

Freshman--sometimes referred to as Frosh, and where I attended the dorm life, they were the ones who could be seen looking both ways before crossing College Avenue (it's one way), or walking around a building in search of its name, while the seasoned inhabitants chuckled and chortled.

Kyahgirl said...

we don't use that terminology in the Canadian school system (just in case Minka was looking for more world knowledge)

Freshmen-those who became Frozenmen upon trying to get fresh with a certain Belgian sheepdog :-)

cooper said...

"(Freshman: Just being happy to be able to "read the writing on the wall".)" , but more often than not unwilling or unable to do so.

G said...

Doug: I was referring to the Kodachrome lyrics of Paul Simon, not some ancient Talmudic code nor ahem the defiling of my once good name!

G said...

Oh in a freshman moment VI, I've just seen The Princess Bride (courtesy of Puppybrose) for the first time! Go ahead...

Doug said...

Actonbell, that brings back memories of almost getting run over thinking I was crossing a one-way street at Emory. Maybe that's what separates a Frosh from a Freshman.

Kyahgirl, I pity them really.

Cooper. I actually believe you outgrew your stubbornness after your Freshman year.

G, I know this is how the trouble started yesterday so I googled before saying "isn't that from sounds of silence?" Please don't take my Kodachrome away. And no lions, this time.

puppybrose said...

Freshman: all-year sucker

Minka said...

Hey, thanks big bro! You are sweet, it is probably in our genes :)
I am off to bed now...putting ice packs on that foot of mine.
Iceland out!

Doug said...

Puppybrose, how is that different from Sophomore?

Minka, you limp back here this instant, young lady, I'm about to post.

puppybrose said...

you're right! i should have said:

all-day sucker that lasts about 2 years.

my bad : P

Minka said...

Don´t make me come over there!
The other foot is in fine shape and has no problem with kicking of any sort, you insensitive little brat!:)
Morning!

Doug said...

Puppybrose, I'm sure the confusion was mine. I was a Freshman three times and a Sophomore twice.

Minka, I'll set you up some parallel bars to kick me from.

Minka said...

ok, let me call a handyman, so we´ll get the job done at some point this year!

Doug said...

That's the last straw, Minka. I'm putting in a trampoline instead.

Minka said...

now see, there is laughter in my head, 'cuase I picture you bouncing up and down on that trampoline with no escape route, ´cause I tied a net all around it.
*awwwwwwwwwwww*

You´ve met your match, Pascover!

Doug said...

We'll see, Minka. Even as we speak I'm sawing a hole in my roof to escape through. You'll never take me aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii*splat*

Goa'uld said...

FRESHMAN, n. ...not me :D!

Doug said...

Nope, Goa'uld and you can read instructions unlike some people who haven't been Freshmen since 1986.