[skec] ; rhymes with "fetch"
Definition:Ý shady, questionable, fishy.
Attested:Ý I first heard this term used by a female student at Cornell to describe a male who seemed to have dishonorable intentions toward her.Ý
Example:Ý "He asked you to go for a walk alone with him at 2 a.m.?Ý That's really sketch."
Etymology:Ý This word is a shortened version of the slang adjective "sketchy."Ý Most likely, sketchy was originally used to describe something that seemed badly mysterious because of the incompleteness that the word connotes.Ý When people do not know enough about something (thus having a rough "sketch" in their mind of it), they tend to think badly of it.Ý Thus, they might call it "sketchy," which has been shortened to "sketch" for convenience of speech.Ý
- Briana Gordon
St`ok 'ed / Rhymes with "joked"
Definition: to be excited, waiting in anticipation, or to be looking forward to.
Attested: I first heard this term referring to an upcoming party while talking to a fraternity brother on the phone when he remarked:
Example: " I am really stoked for tonight. There should be a lot of girls coming over. "
Etymology: I had never heard this term before coming to Cornell, but my roommate, who is from California, seems comfortable with the word. It is commonly used when an individual is looking forward to a social event or gathering in the near future. Most people who first hear this word seem surprised to hear the unfamiliar vocabulary, but are able to understand its meaning from the sentence context. This is a term reserved for social situations and use between friends. It is very informal. The term "stoked" may have come from the idea of "stoking" a fire to increase its strength or intensity. This act of livening up the fire is similar to the feeling that the individual who uses the term "stoked" feels when he speaks of the event that has made him excited.
- Stephen Glasgow
The Straight (proper noun).
str[e]t; rhymes with hate
Definition: A shortened form of Willard Straight Hall, Cornell's student union.
Attested: I first heard this term used in the fall of 1999, by a sophomore at Cornell.
Example: "Meet me in the Straight then weÌll go get lunch."
Etymology: The Straight is yet another example of lazy college students. It is shorter than all of the other names for the student union: Willard Straight Hall, WHS, and Willard Straight. Straight is the last name of the man the student union was named after, which was built after his death, in 1925.
- Sarah Plowright
sweting; rhymes with "wetting" and "heading"
Definition: to be extremely interested in someone
Attested: I first came across this term during orientation week when a sophomore was describing all the things he did for this one girl because of the passion he felt for her.
Example: "I confess, Jennifer, I have been sweating you for the past four months now. My heart just races uncontrollably every time I see you."
Etymology: This term is predominantly used among students. Unlike the standard usage of "sweating," which is commonly known as "perspiring," it reveals how strongly a person feels about someone else. The feeling is not as extreme as the term love, which may be an effect, but it is an exceptionally strong interest in someone. It is derived from the anxiety that one feels when he/she encounters that special someone but is too apprehensive to approach him/her. As a result of the trepidation, normal symptoms such as sweaty hands, shaky knees, dizziness, and rising heat within the body occur. The belief that nervousness causes sweat to form on the hands, armpits, and all over the body probably led to the creation of this word.
- Heather Wang