A Coachean Glossary$5K: Figure O'C used to be paid for each WTF post
Babycakes: the patisserie that used to supply the VassaRR with its tarts. Lost in the mists of time now that Collegiate has taken over the event. Then again, they do have barbecue
BBv3.0: Big Bronx; formerly Big Jake (for Jonas Bronck, who for some reason had stuck in my mind as Jacob Bronck. Whatever
Big Jake: Big Bronx (see above)
Bigle X: The larger of two Lexington, Ma., tournaments, the other of which is known as Wee Sma' Lex
Bullpups (aka Pups): Yale students, or the Yale tournament
Catholic Charlie: Charlie Sloat, National CFL President and NYSFL Regional Director for the Midhudson area
Caveman: "From Frenchman to Caveman," a lecture on postmodernism (see the podcast page)
Chez, the: My home, as in chez moi, pronounced "chezz moy," site of occasional small forensics meetings; Chez HQ is the room in the chez where Little Elvis still lives (there's also a little 7-11 in the corner of the room)
$ircuit: See National $ircuit
CLG: Claire, former debater
Coin, the or la: A coach from there, then from here, now from a different there
CP: Chris Palmer, theoretical computer god (until something goes wrong with tabroom.com, at which point I blame him for everything) and occasional blogger
Cur, the: The meeting curriculum
DiDeAd: The Disney Debate Adventure, 2010
digressive debate: Approaches to LD that are counter to the traditional norm; referred to as progressive debate by its practitioners
DisAd14: The second WDW debate adventure in 2014, postponed from 2013. AKA DiDeAd2.
DJ: Day Job
Doing the Bronx Benny: The definition of this phrase in unprintable
EILDR: The Eternally Irrelevant Lincoln Douglas Resolution, that thing issued every so often by the NSDA that, in their arguments, $ircuit debaters avoid like the proverbial plague
Emperor of Hamiltonia: Ryan Hamilton; and trust me, if you're liberal, the likelihood of your surviving more than ten minutes in this realm is really, really small
Eric the Ex-Sailor: Centurian of the old Legion of Doom
ex-cruz-iating detail: Reportage from any tournament on WTF, now rendered moot by warm rooms
forensician: Anyone of the forensics persuasion
Gem of Harlem: Columbia
Goy: The Joy of Tournaments; or, anyone attempting to use the JOT; or, any program imitating JOT; or, the staff of JOT; or, a random gentile
Grinwout's: Working name for the source of blog entries that are not debate-related. A grin without a cat, hence the Cheshire.
Now retired as being too confusing to keep track of, even for me. But the spirit lives on.
Hardware Engineer: Poor sap among the Sailors who has to get rooms, display trophies, file bus forms, etc. A now defunct office.
Herman Melville: Special Coachean correspondent from WTF
Hillary Duff, the: The Hendrick Hudson Lincoln-Douglas Philosophical Handbook (HHLDPH, pronounced Hillary Duff)
HoraceMan, the Superhero without any Superpowers: Former debater gone to private school and private life
Japonica: Specific spot in NYC to which enemies of O'C are advised to give a wide berth
. Also, the most boring O'C Foursquare check-in imaginable, except when he stops at FedEx first and checks in there too.
Juan, Kwan and the stoners: The construction team at the chez
JV: Scarswegian coach
Kathy S: Sailor's Speecho-American coach. Also Spons and KS.
Kaz: Lexwegian coach, formerly the Newburgian coach
Kt: The daughter
Legion of Doom (AKA the Legion): The Lincoln-Douglas Educational Project (nickname courtesy Mike Bietz).
Little Elvis: The iBook (former location of the Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love battery)
MB: Mike Bietz
MegaPod: The 60-gig iPod (replacing the GrandPod, the 10-gig Gen 2)
MEH: Irrestible initials for present-day Sailor, and best nickname du jour
MHL: The Metro-Hudson League, a local league for first- and second-year debaters. Formerly the Mid-Hudson League, except it goes beyond the Hudson.
MJP: AKA MPJ, Mutual Judge Preference, where debaters get to pref the judge pool. Thought by those who don't use it to be the tool of the devil, although by not using it, they've abdicated it to the devilish amongst us.
Modest Novice: The annual, repeating novice topic specially chosen for new students (civil disobedience)
Monk, the: Well, how many Benedictines do we actually hang out with on a regular basis? Kevin Tidd, the one is from Delbarton, is the one who earned this obvious designation. Then he became Father Michael, and all bets were off.
National $ircuit: People who can afford to travel to any tournament, anywhere, any time, and who think very highly of themselves
NatNats: NSDA Finals (comparable to CatNats)
NewPod: The even bigger (160 gig) megapod replacing the MegaPod.
O'C: Jon Cruz, Bronxwegian coach, from his Vassar email address, jocruz, which always struck me as Irish (i.e., Jon O'Cruz): for more on O'C, listen to the interview
Old Baudleroo, the: Jean Baudrillard, everyone's favorite unofficial guide to Disneyana
Panivore: She who ate only bread but debated pretty well
Panivore Junior: Her Speecho-American brother
Pffft, Pfffters: Public Forum; practitioners of Public Forum
Pip: The Wondercat, (formerly high-jumping) team mascot since 1996, deceased April 2011, still living on in the hearts of one and all
Poco: Post-contemporary, for when you've gone beyond post-modern
Polician: Practitioner of Policy Debate
progressive debate: see digressive debate
Pups: Yalies (see their mascot)
Rippin': Home of the NSDA
Sailors, (aka Tars or any other nautical term): The Hen Hud team. Former members include Termite, Peanuts, Stealth, LPW (AKA HPL), SuperSquirrel, the Panivore, et alia
Smilin' J: Centurian of the Legion of Doom
Soddie: Richard Sodikow, now deceased debate god of the Bronxwegian persuasion
Speecho-Americans: Politically correct name for non-debate forensicians
Speechonauts: Speecho-Americans of the Sailor pursuasion
Taint: The taint is the part of a case containing no relevant argumentation; it comes in the middle, and is neither part of the V/C construct nor actual argumentation; in other words, 't ain't one, and 't ain't t'other one
They Who Fill Up Every Inch of the Ballot: Chetan and Kathryn; the day either of them writes only "oral" on the ballot will be the end of LD as we know it. The arrival of e-ballots has presumably sent them into a state of permanent depression.
Tiggers: Princetonians (see their mascot)
Tik pronounced teek: Siamese cat born 2/29/06 (and acts it), based on "name T.K." (to come), stepbrother of infamous Pip the Wondercat
TRPC/E-TRPC/C-TRPC: Tabbing software for the PC. Older versions include Evil (E-) TRPC and Classic (C-) TRPC, based on issues of stability or lack thereof
VassaRR: the Vassar RR, O'C's annual attempt to squeeze yet more money out of an unsuspecting debate community. The tournament stopped taking place anywhere near Vassar and was ultimately gobbled up by Collegiate in NYC
VCA: Vast Coachean Army, the people who regularly read this blog
Vegas Elvis: the MacBook Pro that is bigger than Little Elvis, but not exactly as big as the real Elvis late in life, and which therefore cannot be called Big Elvis or Fat Elvis, which would be the natural tendency
--wegian: Native of, cf. Glaswegian as native of Glascow; e.g. Scarswegian (native of Scarsdale), Montwegian (native of Monticello), Lexwegian (native of Lexington, either Ky or Ma)
WTF (also PCP, DOA, DMV, etc): Victory Briefs Daily, or VBD, represented by pretty much any three-letter acronym other than VCA or CLG (see above). I miss WTF, now that they're no longer paying O'C that legendary $5M per post, but they collapsed under the weight of their controversial ad hominem posts, only to be (somewhat) reborn as Briefly. Anyone who can actually make heads or tails out of one of their educational posts is a better coach than I am. Maybe they should go back to ad hominem attacks
Wunn and Only: Rippin' Scott