Every group has their own kind of lingo, and Greek life is the same in this matter. Whenever I am on the phone with my parents explaining something regarding my life in a sorority, I feel like I have to stop every other minute to explain what I just said. So, for anybody who understand the struggle, I have compiled a list of words and their definitions that are constantly used when talking about Greek life.
We’ll start with the more legitimate terms that are used when talking about Greek life.
Chapter (noun 1:) How to refer to a specific Greek organization on campus. We refrain from calling them a “house,” because many organizations on campuses throughout the nation are un-housed.
Chapter (noun 2:) A meeting every week that individual chapter’s have with their members to talk about upcoming events and announcements. Also known as the most tedious hour of your week.
NPC: National PanHellenic Council. They run the sorority life show throughout the nation.
PHA: PanHellenic Association. These guys focus on sorority life on specific campuses.
IFC: Interfraternity Council. The guys who take care of all of the fraternities on a campus.
MCGC: Multi-Cultural Greek Council. Greek organizations that embrace different cultures and ethnicities on campus.
NPHC: National PanHellenic Council. The Greek community that consists of African American fraternities and sororities.
Gavel: A meeting at which members of every chapter of a specific Greek council join together to talk about their council as a whole and specific chapter’s involvement in the council.
Now that we have covered the important lingo that you should use when discussing different chapters on campus, let’s get into the Urban Dictionary version of this vocabulary lesson, shall we?
Pair: A social function in which a fraternity and a sorority throw down.
Pre-Game: Getting together with a smaller group to drink a little bit before a main event. Or, if you are going to a date party, the place where you get all of your drinking done in a short amount of time so that you have a buzz when you get to the venue.
Quad: A social function in which two fraternities and two sororities join forces and throw down even harder.
Probo: Probation. It can be academic, social or chapter-wide. Whatever it is, you do not want to be on it, because it basically means “sucking the fun out of your college days.”
Shacking: Staying overnight with the person you are hooking up with.
Shack Shirt: A shirt you get to put on over your going out clothes after having shacked with somebody.
Walk Of Shame: The funniest thing to observe, the saddest thing to experience.
Darty: Day-party. When the weather is nice and you just can’t wait to party, you must have a darty.
E-Board: Executive board, also known as the people you do not want to see you acting outrageous at a party, because they will send you home and put you on social probo.
Frat Rat: A young lady who tends to frequent a certain fraternity on campus so often that she practically has a key-code there. She is almost definitely hooking up with/has hooked up with one or more members of the fraternity.
Tier System: An irrelevant invention that declares which chapters are “top” and “bottom.” Synonymous with “does not matter whatsoever.”
Social Climbers: People who care about the tier system too much. Synonymous with “the worst kind of people.”
Browning Out: Not necessarily blacking out, but definitely being unable to remember elements and timeframes of the night.
Blacking Out: What happens when you take that one last shot and the rest is un-remembered history.
Greek Husband/Wife: Your Greek spouse can be somebody you consider your best friend and would never/have never hooked up with.
Pledges: The kids pledging a fraternity that semester. Also known as the people you need to be really, really nice to because the job of a pledge is not an easy one.
Drunk Brunch: Eating delicious brunch food with your sisters the day after a party and you all find out who shacked with who.
Themed-Party: Typically consist of costumes and extra drunken debauchery.