Cayuga's Waiters (noun)
[k¶ ug¶ s wetur] / rhymes with "my you ma's" "taters"
Definition: A group of Cornell male students who sing songs without the aid of musical instruments. They often perform at parties or at public concerts.
Attested: I first heard this term when I was singing loudly and my friend sarcastically said,
Example: You have a great voice; you should try out for Cayuga's Waiters.
Etymology: This is a term that is unique to the Cornell area because the members that make up Cayuga's Waiters all attend Cornell. Therefore, although they have made some CDs, it would be hard for anyone who has never been to Cornell to be familiar with their music. Because the term "waiter" suggests someone who serves people in a restaurant, the term Cayuga's Waiters can be confusing. The meaning of waiter is not used in the conventional sense, but perhaps is used to convey that if they are hired to perform at a party, they will be ready to "serve" the guest some excellent entertainment. Furthermore, the definition of a waiter implies only males, and the Cayuga's Waiters are all men. The origin of Cayuga's is much easier to discover. Cayuga simply refers to the large finger lake in the Ithaca valley near Cornell. This makes the term even more unique to the Cornell area because it adds the distinction that the Cayuga's Waiters are exclusive to the surrounding Cayuga area.
- Steve Glasgow
ShamÖbray ;/ ShamÖBRAY ;/ BRAY sounds like "weigh"
Definition: Cheap referring to monetary value of an object or action but not limited to, also can describe a situation.
Attested: I first heard the term being used at an old Collegetown bar, "The Clubhouse," back in November 1997, the customer was referring to the bartender's technique. (see example."
Example: "Hey bartender, why is this drink so chambree with the liquor?"
Etymology: This term originated from Berkeley, CA, where students from the local high schools devised there own terms to describe the sub-par education system. The term crossed the country and in turn changed meanings in the mid-1990's. The term took on a general meaning of sub-par not just an education system. Cornell's education should never be referred to be chambree but its cafeteria is a whole different story.
- Anthony Smulski
kÙr-n líy n; rhymes with "carnelian"
Definition: A student at Cornell University or an alumnus of the school.
Attested: I first came across this word in August 1999 on a printed brochure introducing the school to the incoming freshmen.
Example: "Even in these high-tech days, this one-to-one personal contact--Cornellian to Cornellian--is still the most effective way to raise the money Cornell needs to open doors for the best and brightest students."
Etymology: I believe this word is unique to Cornell University where it is commonly used in every day language and in local publications. The word was probably created by placing the "-ian" suffix to "Cornell", and adding a meaning of "belonging to or characteristic of" to the word.
- Engin Ipek
kirs; rhymes with "hurse"
Definition: to swear or cuss; to utter an obscenity
Attested: I have heard this word used multiple times by the kids in my dorm and others I have met on campus.
Example: "It is disrespectful to curse at your professor.", "There is no cursing allowed if children are around."
Etymology: I had heard this word used before I came to Cornell but never on a regular basis in casual language like they use it here. My friends and I always use the word swear so it sounds very odd to hear people say curse.
- Lindsey R. McIntyre