10 o’clock list: Top Five Kenyon-Specific Words or Phrases

The Gunderworld (See #4)

This gem comes to us tonight from friend-of-The-Thrill Ellen Blanchard ’12. If you want to achieve the fame that Ellen has (both through this list and her blockbuster performance at Life on the Hill) you can send your submissions for the 10 o’clock list to thekenyonthrill@gmail.com.

5. “Extendo” – To your friends at OSU and Oberlin, this is just the subject line of spam email. But to you, it means pre-dinner panini (i.e. the world).
4. “Gunderworld” – Where first years go to do laundry or pull all-nighters. (Editor’s note: Some of us also lived there.) See also: Gunderhood, second level of Hell.
3. “Servery” – When you go home and share this as the setting of many social interactions, people are utterly befuzzled by anything besides “cafeteria.”
2. “Comps” – Every school thinks this process is unique to their institution, but we’ve all got ’em, whether six-hour exams, 50-page research papers or lighting sparklers in the shape of the Statue of Liberty.
1. “My Car Parked South” – Because it is the only phrase (besides the title) in that Walk the Moon song that has any direct resonance with Kenyon students.

4 responses

  1. I figured “we’re gonna rattle this ghost town” was probably a Gambier reference. There’s also a reference to “racing down the hill,” and “this house is falling apart” could conceivably apply to any number of Kenyon dorms. The parking one is clearest, though, you’re right.

  2. I’d agree with David Hoyt. Also, the band has stated the song is about their time at Kenyon (granted *they* stated this before the only Kenyonite left was Nick)

  3. Middle Path is only a proper noun at Kenyon. I’m also guessing you still have “the locals,” occasional Mount Vernon kids wandering into Gambier, looking lost and confused, and leaving again. But I don’t think that’s an exclusively Kenyon term. We also used to have “the Shoppes” in the basement of Pierce before it got all classed up. (Many years ago, before you were born!)

Share your thoughts on this post.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: