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I debated whether I should actually go ahead and snark this comment here, but I figured it was better than actually replying to it (again). So:

1. Apparently, if somebody is "upset" by something that somebody they don't know writes on an electronic bulletin board, that's the other person's problem for posting something that's SO MEAN AND NASTY and not their own problem for not being able to deal with conflict maturely.

2. Disagreeing with somebody on an electronic bulletin board is equivalent to "terrorism". Okay, then, I'll be sure to forward your comment to the Department of Homeland Security.

3. Electronic communication is both so important that it's reasonable for people to feel "upset" and "terrorized" by things like people explaining that a certain word isn't used at Wellesley, and so unimportant that anyone who bothers to use it must surely have better things they could be doing. (Unless, of course, they're using it to tell somebody else that they have better things they could be doing.)

4. Someone with an LJ that's almost solely about fashion, TV shows, and expensive things they want certainly ought to be lecturing others on how they should be using their time.
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From:mryn
Date:May 3rd, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
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I agree with your above points, but I have to say, I did use "frosh" and "prefrosh" while at Wellesley, and I heard others say it. Not as often as I heard "prospective" or "prospie" or even "perspective," sure, but then again, who knows how usage has evolved since our time?
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From:krystynayt
Date:May 3rd, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
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Last time I heard, it was "prospie". I don't know if people know that means "prospectives" though.

I remember interviewing people for SBOG positions and some person spelled it "SPOG". We spent a good three minutes on what the person thought the "p" stood for -- we eventually decided that maybe they didn't think at all.
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From:the_amazee_az
Date:May 4th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
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I don't remember my LING 114 that well, but the consonants B and P are both the same type of sounds (bilabial stops?). B is "voiced" while P is not. Your lips and tongue do the exact same thing for both. So while it seems odd, the woman probably heard "SBOG" spoken about more than she read about it.
From:catamorphism
Date:May 3rd, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
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I don't really care about the original issue, it's just more fun to snark people who get their panties in a wad over "OMG YOU'RE BEING SO MEAN". :-)

The word "frosh" just creeps me out viscerally. Sort of the way "panties" creeps me out. I did just use "panties" anyway, so go fig.
From:mryn
Date:May 3rd, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
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I always liked it because of the homophony with Frosch (frog in German).
From:catamorphism
Date:May 3rd, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
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It also carries connotations for me of those movies about students going on spring break in Florida and having lots of pleasureless sex involving frat boys, for some reason.
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