The Aggie Dictionary

Aggie: A student or former student of Texas A&M.

Aggie Spirit
: Undefinable, yet awesome force that overtakes students, former students and friends of Texas A&M University (you’ll understand).

Aggie Code of Honor: For many years, Aggies have followed a Code of Honor, which is this very simple verse: “Aggies do not lie, cheat, or steal, nor do they tolerate those who do.”

Home of the Fightin’ Texas Aggies.

All University Night or All-U Night: The first Yell Practice of the semester. The event includes team, coaching staff and yell leader introductions.

Association of Former Students: The alumni association. There is really no such thing at Texas A&M as an Ex-Aggie. There are only former students. You don’t even have to graduate to join the association. Once an Aggie, always an Aggie!

Bag Monster: The super human force that breaks down your will power and pulls you back to bed even though you need to study. It usually strikes hardest during finals weeks.

Big Event: In the spirit of giving, Aggies help serve the community every year in Big Event, the largest service project in the nation. Aggies come together in the spring semester to do various jobs to help out their Bryan/College Station neighbors. Aggies participate in such jobs as painting houses, mowing lawns, and raking leaves. Dorms, Corps outfits, and individuals work together to help serve the community.

Batt: The Battalion, the student newspaper.

Blue Book:
Texas A&M University Regulation, also called Rules & Regs, always printed in blue.

Boot Line: As the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band prepares to leave the field after each home game half-time performance, seniors (giving evidence by their Aggie Ring or Senior Boots) line up near the south end of Kyle field to welcome the team back on the field.

Brass: Metal buttons, buckles and insignia on uniforms. Rank.

Bull: Superfluous conversation, military officer.

Chicken: Taking unfair advantage, low and dirty. Or one of two legendary hangouts: the Dixie Chicken or the Chicken Oil Company. If they say “meet ya at the chicken,” better get more info!

Commons: The residence hall complex consisting of Krueger, Dunn, Aston and Mosher Halls and the dining and recreational areas the halls share.

Contract: Advanced Military Science contract, why some juniors and seniors in the Corps get paid.

Co-Op: Cooperative education, a program whereby students work for three or four semesters, go to school the others, make money and gain valuable work experience.

Corps Trip: Trip made by the entire Corps to an out-of-town football game.

The Court: Reed Arena’s basketball facility. Home of the Texas Aggies Basketball Teams.

Crunchie: Army cadet.

C.O.: Commanding officer.

Cut: An unexcused absence from class.

D&C: Short for Drill and Ceremony. Junior or senior in the Corps who does not have a contract with one of the military services.

Dead Elephant:
Any senior student during the spring semester. Refers to Elephant Walk.

East Gate:
Main entrance to the campus.

Elephant Walk:
Marks the transition of the graduating senior class handing down its role as leaders to the incoming senior class. The seniors wander through campus like old elephants that leave the herd to die. The seniors usefulness to the student body “dies” the day of Elephant Walk.

F.O.W.: Fish Orientation Week. Held the week before the fall semester begins to help Corps freshmen make the transition from a high school environment to the Corps of Cadets’ way of life.

Final: Final examination, last major exam of the semester.

Final Review: The last Corps review of the school year. Held on graduation day. Graduating cadets turn the command of their outfits over to the officers for the following year and are themselves saluted by those outfits. Impressive if you get to see one.

Fish: A freshman.

Fish Camp: New student orientation held just before classes begin in the fall. Provides an overall introduction to Texas A&M.

Fish Pond: Fountain across the street from All Faith’s Chapel. Where fish carry the Yell Leaders to dunk the after a home football game win.

Flushed: Rejected for a job.

Frog: Cadet who joins the Corps sometime after school starts.

Gig ‘Em:
Originated during a 1930 yell practice before the A&M vs. TCU football game. Board of Regents member, Pinky Downs (‘06), shouted, “What are we going to do to those horned frogs!” He borrowed a term from frog hunting and said, “Gig ‘em, Aggies!” while making a fist and extending his thumb out.

The Greek System at Texas A&M University refers not to students form Greece, but to members of social fraternities and sororities.

Grade point ratio.

Grody: Dirty, rotten or smelly.

Guard room: Office of the Corps Staff, located in Dorm 2.

“Highway 6 runs both ways”:
A phrase meaning that if you are unhappy with any aspect of Texas A&M life, you are free to leave. An equivalent is “College Station, love it or leave it. Last one out, please turn out the light.”

Hole: An Aggie’s room.

Howdy: Traditional Aggie greeting. A derivative of “hello.” Sometimes garbled to sound like “hahdy.”

Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!: First words of the “Aggie War Hymn,” A&M’s fight song, which was written by J.V. (Pinky) Wilson while standing guard on the Rhine during World War I.

Humping it:
Position taken by an Aggie when giving a yell. To do this, put your hands on your knees and bend at the waist.

Instructor: Person who teaches and has not attained the rank of professor.

Jarhead: A Marine Corps Cadet.

Jock: Term used in referring to an athlete, particularly a football player.

Jollie Rollie:
G. Rollie White Coliseum, used for intramurals, some classes and smaller meetings and events, houses the Athletic Ticket Office and the Lettermen's Lounge. Home of the Texas A&M Women’s Volleyball Team.

KK or Kampus Kops: Members of the University Police.

Kiosks: The wooden structures placed around campus that are used for posting flyers.

Kyle Field: The football field and stadium where 80,322 staunch Aggie fans cheer on an eager team.

Leather Legs: Nickname for Senior cadets, referring to the leather riding boots they wear as part of their uniform.

Lurk: To persist in staying somewhere without a purpose.

Lurker: One who lurks.

Military: Excused from missing formations or wearing uniform.

MSC: Memorial Student Center.

Munchies: Goodies to eat while you study.

Non-reg: A civilian undergraduate student.

Northgate: The North entrance to campus. Across the street from the post office on University Drive.

OCA: Off Campus Aggies. A recognized student organization working for the benefit of students who do not live on campus.

Ol’ Lady:

Ol’ Army: Like it “used to be.”

Ol’ Army Lou: Judson Loupot, legendary owner of Loupot’s Bookstore: recently deceased, he is fondly remembered by those lucky enough to have made his acquaintance.

Parents’ Day: A university-wide spring activity set aside to honor Aggie parents. Also the day when the Aggie Parents of the Year are chosen and academic and Corps awards presented.

Pavilion: Once an animal show pavilion, the building now houses Student Activities, Financial Aid, registration, offices for OCA, RHA, Student Y, Fish Camp, and cubicles for a number of other student organizations.

Petition: (1)n. form used to request something unusual with regard to academics. (2)v. to fill out a form, submit it to the proper authorities and satisfy other protocols associated with that kind of activity.

Privilege: A prerogative merited by virtue of rank.

Quack Shack: Affectionate term for Beutel Health Center.

R.A.: Abbreviation for resident advisor of a residence hall.

Reed Arena: The new facility located in back of the Rec Center where basketball games, Town Hall performances, commencements, and musters are all held.

Rest!: Be Quiet!

RV’s: Ross Volunteers, members of the military honor company named for Lawrence Sullivan Ross. The oldest student organization in Texas.

Sack out: Hit the hay, sleep.

Sbisa: Pronounced sa-be-sa. Claims to be the largest dining hall on any college campus.

Sco-pro: Scholastic Probation.

Slab: Heldenfels Hall.

Student “Y”: The Texas A&M University YMCA. Second oldest student organization on campus.

Sully: Statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross, former governor of Texas and former president of Texas A&M. It stands in front of the Academic Building.

Sweet young thing: Refers to your girlfriend or boyfriend.

T.A.: Abbreviation for teaching assistant, a graduate student who instructs one or more classes.

tea-sip: Student of t.u.

Teksiz Aeh an’ Imm: Proper pronunciation of the institution of higher learning you are now attending.

Trigon: Military Science Building.

t.u.: Aggie term for the University of Texas, that small secular school in Austin.

Twelfth Man: Aggies not actively engaged in an athletic event but backing the team.

Two Percenters: Students who do not display the true Aggie Spirit.

Whipping out: Meeting other Aggies with a handshake and a “howdy.”

WHOOP!: Aggie expression of approval.

Wild cat: Another Aggie expression of approval. Each academic class has its own wild cat.

Wrecking Crew: The nickname of the Aggie football team’s defense.

Yell Leader: One who leads Yell Practice. A&M does not have cheerleaders.

Yell Practice: Spirit session which is held regularly during football season. Before home games, it is held at midnight on Kyle Field after a street parade.

Senior in the Corps, identified by gold braid on his hat, Senior boots and a noticeable strut.

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