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20 Words You Don't Actually Understand Unless You're In A Sorority

If you call them babies one more time...

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1. Recruitment

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What other people think it means: The act of enlisting new members into a group.

What a sorority girl knows it means: The brutally long/tiresome/rewarding formal process in which new members can join a sorority.

2. Sister

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What other people think it means: A female who has one or more of the same parents as you.

What a sorority girl knows it means: What you call every member of your sorority. They will always have your back and, heck, they might as well be your blood sisters.

3. Babies

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What other people think it means: Small, often very noisy, newborn humans.

What a sorority girl knows it means: The term you use (and will most definitely get in trouble for using) for new girls in your sorority. Sorry.

4. PNM

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What other people think it means: Acronym for "poppin' new music"?

What a sorority girl knows it means: Stands for "potential new member," AKA potential sister. This is what all girls who decide to go through recruitment are referred to as.

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5. Doorstack

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What other people think it means: A stack of disheveled, old doors??? IDK.

What a sorority girl knows it means: When you stack up in front of your house's door to chant and whip your hair back and forth.

6. Dirty Rush

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What other people think it means: When you wake up 20 minutes after your alarm has gone off and you have to go to class a little smelly...

What a sorority girl knows it means: When a member of a sorority talks to a potential new member outside of recruitment and bribes or convinces that PNM to rush their sorority.

7. Bumping

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What other people think it means: Colliding with something.

What a sorority girl knows it means: When you swoop into a conversation with a potential new member and pick up where your sister left off. Goal = talk to as many PNMs as possible.

8. Hot Boxing

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What other people think it means: To smoke marijuana in a small/enclosed space.

What a sorority girl knows it means: When several sorority members isolate a PNM, or when too many girls are talking to a PNM at once.

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9. Pref Night

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What other people think it means: Is this a night where you do whatever you want?

What a sorority girl knows it means: The final and most magical night of recruitment where potential new members and sorority members make their final decisions.

10. Bid

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What other people think it means: To place an offer on a ridiculously priced antique at an auction, obviously.

What a sorority girl knows it means: An invitation to become a member of a sorority. This is the golden ticket!

11. Crush Party

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What other people think it means: A party where you let out your frustration by crushing things.

What a sorority girl knows it means: A sorority social event where you can ask one or more of your crushes to attend — the crushees typically don't know who invited them!

12. GDI

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What other people think it means: Gross Domestic Income.

What a sorority girl knows it means: God Damn Independent, AKA a college student who simply chooses not to join a sorority or fraternity. They are still some of your best friends.

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13. Big/Little/Tiddle

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What other people think it means: Adjectives that describe the size of something.

What a sorority girl knows it means: Big = Nickname for the sister who acts as the mentor. Little (or Lil') = Nickname for the sister being mentored. Twiddle = When a big has two littles, they are twins...hence the name, Twiddle.

14. Candle Passing

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What other people think it means: When you literally hand a candle to someone else.

What a sorority girl knows it means: An exciting/suspenseful ceremony in which a sister announces she is engaged.

15. E-Board

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What other people think it means: Is that the new hover board thing???

What a sorority girl knows it means: E-Board, aka Exec, aka Executive Board is the group of tight-knit elected women voted to govern a sorority's chapter. It may be a huge time commitment, but it's an experience like no other.

16. Mixer

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What other people think it means: A beverage meant to be mixed with alcohol.

What a sorority girl knows it means: An outing/party usually between a fraternity/sorority or a sorority/sorority to promote inner-Greek relations.

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17. Chapter

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What other people think it means: A section of a book.

What a sorority girl knows it means: A weekly meeting held to discuss sorority business. Cookies are usually involved.

18. Legacy

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What other people think it means: Something handed down from the past.

What a sorority girl knows it means: A daughter, sister, or sometimes granddaughter or niece of an initiated member of a sorority. Such a rad bond.

19. Snaps

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What other people think it means: When you break something.

What a sorority girl knows it means: When you snap your fingers to agree with something being said or when you are giving someone praise.

20. Initiation

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What other people think it means: Beginning something.

What a sorority girl knows it means: The most meaningful ceremony in which new members are brought into full membership of a sorority.