Raw Dawg (adverb/ exclamation)
Bad Dawg (noun)
My Dawgs (noun)
[r][aw] [d][aw][g]; dawg sort of rhymes with fog
Definition: This trifecta of canine related terms are all used as
enthusiastic modifiers. "Raw dawg", when modifying a verb, means that the
action was taken swiftly, happily and to the extreme. "Bad dawg", like the
admonition to a puppy, is used to chastise a person in a mocking manner.
"My dawgs" refers to a person's group of close friends, usually those with
which he drinks.
Attested: I first heard "raw dawg" from Jake, here at Cornell, but now it
seems like everybody is using it. "Bad dawg" is a favorite of George from
Risley, and seems to be a favored Risley expression. "My dawgs" has been
popular for a few years. I heard it before I came to Cornell, yet it seems
ubiquitous here as everybody refers to friends as "dawgs".
Example: "Saturday night, while very impaired and watching figure skating,
Matt professed his love for one of the skaters; he went on to claim that he
wanted her raw dawg, right there on the ice."
"We found out this weekend that Jake went to class stoned on Friday. He's
becoming quite the bad dawg, don't you think?"
"After telling various girls that he 'loves them best', Strohl always turns
to his group of friends and pathetically inquires ' you still my dawgs,
right?' Sure we are, Strohl, sure we are."
Etymology: "Raw dawg" derives directly from an Eminem song. "You wanna get
hauled off to jail?/ Man f--- that, hit that s--- raw dawg and bail." The
circumstances surrounding the usage find a character deciding whether to
take advantage of an underage girl. One of his inner voices warns him of
going to jail, while the other responds that he should take advantage of
the girl quickly and intensely (raw dawg) and bail (leave). "Raw dawg" is
primarily a sexual term, but finds varied usage in other niches. For
example, after taking a test that went well if someone were to ask "How was
the test?" the test-taker could respond "I hit it raw dawg." "Raw dawg" can
also be used for emphasis, to emphatically agree with the remark that
someone has just made. "Let's go to the movies tonight, Annie Hall is
playing." "Raw dawg, baby, raw dawg."
"Bad dawg" has a more complicated story. First used by our friend George
in an effeminate voice, he would describe an incident in which he had acted
in a less than stellar manner then, after relaying the incident, he added
"I'm a bad dawg." The usage of "bad dawg" has expanded and can now describe
other people's actions. Its main implication is that someone has done
something that is looked upon as bad, but for all intents and purposes,
"My dawgs" probably has its origins in a rap song, but the specific song
cannot be identified. Dogs are commonly known as man's best friend, thus
calling someone a dog (at least in this context) signifies that he is your
friend. It is a commonly used expression, here at Cornell at least, in the
context of drinking with friends. If you drink with the same group of
people often, then at the commencement of your drinking, one could comment
"You my dawgs, let's tie one on." Strohl also uses this expression
frequently because he thinks its clever if we're drinking Red Dog to
comment "You my dawgs, get it?" To prevent a situation that would allow
such a bad pun, do not buy Red Dog and stick to Miller High Life.
- Matt Peller
"res" as in resident, "net" as in network
Definition: The residence hall network service at Cornell University.
Attested: I first came across this word in a computer tutorial that the
incoming freshmen had to attend in August99.
Example: Cornell is upgrading Resnet to 100 mbps next year.
Etymology: I believe this word is unique to Cornell University where it is
commonly used by students and administrators. The word was probably formed
by abbreviating Residence Hall Network.
- Engin Ipek
Definition: residence hall director, one in charge of a residence hall
Attested: I first came across this term when I received a letter from my RHD the summer before I came to Cornell.
Example: "I had a meeting with my RHD about switching dorms."
Etymology: In my experience, RHD is a term unique to Cornell, but exists at most colleges under different names. RHD standing for residence hall director was formed as an acronym similar to how RA is an acronym for resident advisor. The RHD is in charge of all RAs and is in charge of a particular dorm or set of dorms. They govern the dorms and report to the Vice-President that deals with housing at Cornell. At other schools, the RHD is also known as the proctor.
- Jaimie Hanlon
Rush (noun) or (verb)
[r] [^] [Ü]
Definition: process by which sororities and fraternities
try to recruit new members
Attested: I first heard of rush in the fall of my
freshman year when information sessions were held by
sororities and fraternities.
Example: During rush I visited all of the sorority
houses to see which one I belonged in.
Etymology: Rush is a term used by the Greek system at
Cornell and other colleges around the United States. It
is a term used to describe the process that those
Cornellians wishing to join a fraternity or sorority
must go through. Throughout the week, students visit
various houses and both they and the sorority/fraternity
make decisions on where they would best fit in.
- Jaimie Hanlon