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New Student Lingo Takes Over Rockbridge

Lola Mulitalo
Jack and Quincy presenting “Lingo.”

As students are settling into the school year, some new “lingo” (the diction of RCHS students) has taken over Rockbridge County High School (RCHS). Many of these words can be confusing to understand, and even the context behind them can be confusing, however, this article can act as a guide to inside the lingo used among students at RCHS. 

New words and phrases such as: “real,” “unreal,” “rizz,” “Ohio,” “word,” “boy,” and “cooking” have taken over the speech that students use. Although these words sound self explanatory, the meaning behind them may not be what you expect. Two RCHS students were asked to define various words/phrases.

Junior Brady Edwards was asked to define the phrase “word.”

After pondering the question for a while, Edwards said that, “the word is the word of the word.”

Although Edward’s definition was very vague, certain aspects reflect the true meaning of the word. 

Junior Luke Eversole was asked to give a definition of the phrase “What the dog doing?”

According to Eversole, “what the dog doing?” means, “somebody that’s looking over their life, and thinking about what is the meaning of life?”


Word/Phrase Definition 
Real Dependent on tone. Could mean: true, cool, relatable, surprising.  
Unreal Dependent on tone. Could mean: surprising, disappointment, bizarre  
Rizz When an individual has a “game” of sorts. I.e. short for charisma 
Cooking When someone is doing something well, or achieving a goal
Ohio A place where bizarre scenarios occur
Word Dependent on tone. Could mean: or undermine one’s statement
Boy Used to add emphasis onto someone’s statement or action.
Grimace shake When something is unordinary and rare. This term derives from the McDonalds item that was only available for about one month.
What the dog doing? Used when an individual is pondering one’s life. 
That’s daps What one says when another person does/says something amusing.


Despite the fact that these words have caught popularity between students relatively fast, teachers may not be fond of the new lingo. 

English Teacher Ms. Stephanie Brooks was asked about the new lingo, and if she noticed a shift from student diction this year from years’ past. 

Brooks said, “there is always a shift [in the student lingo] based on social media trends, so yes [a shift is noticeable this year].”

Taking account of all the opinions on this subject, the question stands; is the constant change in new lingo a good thing? Both Brooks and Eversole had thoughts on this subject as well.

“I think [the change in lingo] is fine, it’s part of the language”, said Brooks. “But I do think there’s a separation between colloquial sayings and formal speech.”

“I think ‘what the dog doing’ is outdated and honestly offensive [due to its outdatedness: no longer in style according to Eversole],” said Eversole. “I think we should maybe rethink that one.”

In conclusion, the new lingo at RCHS is very fascinating. Adults may be confused or annoyed by Gen-Z’s lingo, but that’s normal; social media trends shape the diction and humor of RCHS students and students nationwide. 


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Jack Jensen, Reporter
Jack Jensen is a junior who is in his first year on the Prowler staff. This year, Jensen will work as a reporter. Jensen is excited to construct some swag articles and create fire Wildcat Weekly videos. Jensen is especially looking forward to interviewing his peers on the Prowler poll. He cannot be more ecstatic to join this awesome staff! Jensen is on the lacrosse and golf teams for RCHS. He is also involved in NHS and FCA at Rockbridge. When Jensen isn’t roaming the halls of the ‘Bridge, he can be found on the fortnite grind or playing cornhole. One day, Jensen hopes to pursue his cornhole passion and become a professional cornhole player.  This looks super good!

Quincy Speers, Reporter
Quincy McCall Speers is a Junior at Rockbridge County High School and a first year Prowler member.  He is a Co-President of the RCHS Outing Club and loves to use words such as, “word, real, unreal, and electric.” Speers is really good at winning class elections, pickleball trash talk, and silly little puzzles. He is a part of NHS, the lacrosse team, spikeball club, and the Joey Chestnut fan club. Lacrosse is Speers’ second passion behind watching Netflix Romantic Comedies. Speers is excited for this school year and seeing his peers.  

Lola Mulitalo, Reporter
Sophomore Lola Mulitalo is a  first year reporter for theProwler. She loves being funny - some might even call her the dad joker. Lola always has a dad joke ready and can make any crowd stay quiet. When Lola isn’t cracking jokes, she likes to watch Tangled and compete in National Cotton Candy Eating Races. Lola participates in RCHS girls lacrosse team and basketball team. Although Lola likes to play basketball, lacrosse is where she thrives the most. After high school Lola plans on partnering with Elon Musk to continue charter flights to the moon and back. Mulitalo is thrilled to be in the journalism group and can’t wait to get started. 

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