About a year ago, I compiled the Bruins Nation Lexicon, a compendium of the abbreviations, common slang, and in-jokes we use on BN that would make our site confusing for a newbie. (Haven't read it yet? Go check it out down below the jump before you come back up here. I'll wait.) My goal was not to encompass every term that everyone had ever used, but to include terms that are in more or less common usage. Although I did the work of putting it together and it was posted under my name, it truly was a community project - please see the comments in the original thread.
In a discussion in the comment thread for Achilles' excellent "Cairo Treatment" post, and a few other places lately, it's come up that not only are some users unfamiliar with the Lexicon (or the terms in it!), but that it hasn't been updated in a while. The comment thread in the original post is now closed, but let's use this to discuss additions and/or revisions to the original. While it is a reflection of what we all use, I reserve the right to exercise a wee bit of editorial control wrt not including lesser-used terms - hey, I'm doing the work here.
(Front pagers: I obviously don't have the ability to replace the original link on the left side of the home page. I'm imagining leaving this open for perhaps a week or two, then creating a fresh 'final draft' to replace the current one. Please let me know if this works in the comments or via email - I know at least Meriones and Nestor have my email address, and I'm fine if you share it with each other.)
Rather than have all of us go back and forth from a new post to the original, I've copied it below the jump. I look forward to the discussion!
This was written to help out new or casual visitors to the site understand who or what many of the regulars are referring to. Our intent is not to confuse you, but simply to use a sort of shorthand as we communicate with each other. When posting on the open thread while watching a game live, for example, it's much easier and quicker to type a player's initials rather than a full name.
- General Bruins Nation terms
- Recent Bruin athletes
- Related to u$c*
- Common non-sports abbreviations
The initials of current Bruin athletes are not included in this list, as especially within the context they are written it is assumed a Bruin fan who has sought out Bruins Nation will know who is being referred to. Though this is posted under one username, it is a product of the contributions of many on BN. We hope this helps you enjoy being here as much as we do!
General Bruins Nation Terms:
Ben Ball Warriors: Term given to given to Ben Howland’s basketball teams prior to the 2009-2010 season (rightfully and unceremoniously dropped during the middle of current season). Describes the player(s) or style of play embodying hustle, hard work, dedication, chemistry, leadership, relentless defensive prowess, and efficient offense; Arron Afflalo, Alfred Aboya, Darren Collison are perfect examples.
BN: Bruins Nation, of course.
BSPN: a reflection of ESPN's recent "reporting" on the Norm Chow non-departure. (OK, this isn't used much, but I think it should be, and at the moment I'm the one making the list!)
CBH: Coach Ben Howland.
CHP: Coach Howland's predecessor. A name rarely typed here, as his tenure at UCLA was such a joke, but given the purpose I'll do so anyway: Steve Lavin.
CNC: Coach Norm Chow.
CRN: Coach Rick Neuheisel.
CTS: Coach Toledo's successor. Our football team had a gap in coaching between Bob Toledo and Rick Neuheisel. The person who sat in the football coach's office during those years was Karl Dorrell. Though he starred as a UCLA wide receiver, his "coaching" was such that many on BN cannot speak or write his name.
Coach: Coach John Wooden. Winner of 10 National Championships in 12 years, including at one point 88 straight games. First member of the Basketball Hall of Fame both as a player and as a coach. As Class of 66 said, Wooden is the one and only leader of any Bruin team, past, present, or future, that can be referred to as simply "Coach."
Dorrellian: In reference to our prior football coach’s frustrating and mind-numbing conservative play calling, can be used to describe any play or coaching that is inept, predictable, uninspired, or mediocre, or the acceptance of such standard as status quo.
Dorrellistas: Reference to the blind-faith Karl Dorrell supporters who were steadfast until the bitter end. Can personify those who share a warped sense of reality in embracing mediocrity and refusing to question authority, citing fear of negative recruiting repercussions, or just out of sheer apathy.
fishwrap: The Los Angeles Times. Once considered a leading newspaper, the "Trojan Times" has no better use than keeping fish covered up at this point.
Lizard (of Westwood): see CHP.
MacLeaner: In basketball, a shot a player fires up to pad his stats once he knows the coach is about to pull him out of the game (typically when the Bruins are winning and it's time to clear the bench). Created by Don MacLean, who played at UCLA from 1989 to 1992, became UCLA's (and the Pac-Ten's) all-time leading scorer, and is now often a commentator for UCLA basketball games.
NC's: national championships (in context NC can be Norm Chow instead).
Ragovic: Nikola Dragovic, a basketball player held in low regard by many on BN due to his propensity to shoot within half a second of receiving the ball, while on the other side rarely playing anything similar to defense
SPTR's: Sh*tty Pac-Ten Refs. Can be used in reference to basketball and football, and likely other sports as well.
The Standard: The University of Arizona basketball team; begun when former guard Marcus Williams felt that his Mildcats were the standard against which other Pac 10 programs should be judged.
Three Wealthy and Influential Alums: A random poster dropped by during Dorrell’s last days to inform us of exclusive news that “three wealthy and influential alums” told him that UCLA was going to stay with Dorrell. Now used (especially by Fox 71) to point out to new or drive-by posters that at BN we expect information to come from sources the rest of us deem reliable as well, not just your buddies.
u$c*: that self-proclaimed "university" across town. Often in lower case, as caps denote validity to "university" claim. The $ should be obvious to anyone who sought out this site. The asterisk is an attempt to refer to the dozens of scandals without going into pages upon pages. Many wonderful variations are out there on what the U, $, and C could stand for (University of Spoiled Children, etc.). This list would be much too long to be included here.
Wizard of Westwood: see Coach.
tWWL / WWL: the WorldWide Leader in sports, ESPN's description of itself.
Recent Bruin athletes:
AA: Arron Afflalo. (helps explain...)
AA2: Alfred Aboya (who came to UCLA after Afflalo). Also see PAA below.
Mr. Aikman: all Bruins with the given name "Troy" are referred to with Mr. or their first initial (ex. T. Aikman, Mr. Glaus)
CB: Cedric Bozeman.
DC: Darren Collison.
DT: Dijon Thompson.
JF: Jordan Farmar.
JS: Josh Shipp.
KL / KLove: Kevin Love.
LMR: Lorenzo Mata-Real.
LRMAM: Prince Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
MJD: Maurice Jones-Drew.
PAA: President Alfred Aboya, in light of his presidential ambitions in Cameroon once his athletic career ends.
RH: Ryan Hollins.
RW: Russell Westbrook.
Related to u$c*:
Ballroom Dancer: Matt Leinart (took this academically challenging course during his final year at u$c*).
Cheatey Petey: Pete Carroll.
the condoms: trojans
Costco Center: Galen Center, u$c*’s basketball arena.
Crapaseum: the LA Coliseum, site of u$c*’s football games.
Figueroa Tech: u$c*.
Hello Kiffin / Lame Kiffin / Lame Kitten / Kiffykins: u$c* football "coach" Lane Kiffin.
just$c: In the early 90's, basketball player JR Henderson referred to them as "just $C.".
Mausoleum: see Crapaseum.
The Ogre: Ed Orgeron, u$c* associate head coach/recruiting coordinator/D-line coach, caller of UT recruits.
OJ2: OJ Mayo (or OJ Payo), in deference to the original OJ.
to orgeron (verb): to do something which might be technically legal, but is clearly immoral, unethical, and dirty. (originated by Fox 71)
Pauley East: see Costco Center.
Petey's Poodle: Ken Norton Jr., a former UCLA linebacker who showed little class on the coaching staff at u$c* before heading to Seattle to rejoin Cheatey Petey.
Pom Pom: see Cheatey Petey.
Señora Ross: ‘teacher’ of a cupcake class at LA Trade Tech that many u$c* ‘athletes’ enrolled in.
SChilly Smith: BSPN ‘reporter’ who completely blew the ‘CNC is going to u$c*!!!!!!’ story.
Slimers: TJ Simers of the fishwrap.
Splashme: Bill Plashke of the fishwrap.
Timmeh: former u$c* basketball coach Tim Floyd; resigned because he “no longer felt enthusiasm” for the job somewhat conveniently after it was revealed he had helped funnel money to OJ2 (hence OJ Payo).
trogans: Used to mock any claim to academics at u$c*. Origin: on Letter of Intent Day in 2010, high school football player Markeith Ambles proclaimed on his twitter page "Go Trogans!!!!!!" More here.
Trojan Times: see ‘fishwrap’ in general BN section.
United States China: Scott Schenter, aka Joe McKnight’s baby momma’s boss and owner of SUV that Joe McKnight was seen driving in, stated that “USC Marketing” stood for United States China Marketing, one of his many entrepreneurial and business interests.
Names for that other team: trOJies (note the OJ in caps), sucsters
Common non-sports abbreviations:
FWIW: for what it’s worth
HT: hat tip - a show of gratitude toward a person/site for bringing something to the attention of the writer
IIRC: if I remember correctly
IMO / IMHO: in my (humble) opinion
LMAO: laughing my ass off
LOL: laughs out loud
MSM: mainstream media
OT: off topic; used to introduce a fanpost or fanshot not directly related to UCLA athletics or a comment not directly related to the topic of the thread (to be used sparingly if at all - rarely seen even from the BN regulars)
OTOH: on the other hand
pwned: a person/team that just 'got pwned' just got humiliated; began as a typo for 'owned' and is now intentionally used in the spelling shown. Pronunciations vary; most common are 'owned' or 'poned,' though 'pawned' is also used. Usually but not always preceded with 'got.'
ROFL: rolling on the floor laughing
WTF: what the f*ck?
I've incorporated loads of wonderful suggestions, and had some fun reminders along the way. I've taken the liberty not to include every single suggestion in every comment, but have truly tried to focus on those terms that get frequent usage, or at least have since I joined BN a few years ago as AZBruin. I've had a great time working on this.
Thanks to everyone who contributed.