Students: The Slang Bag

Since plain American speech suffices only to describe the real world, a new vocabulary must be coined annually at colleges, where all experience has a heightened tone and ordinary superlatives falter. Life calls for adjectives that mean better than best, viler than vile, cooler than cool. The contemptibly stupid, the awesomely brilliant and the inexpressibly attractive all demand labels more vivid than last year's. This winter's college slang is real unreal.

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