Greetings, Chasers -
There seems to be some recent activity on here (and Twitter, Facebook) surrounding the unofficial lingo of SNC, specifically the term "beep" and its derivatives. I feel it is my duty - nay, honor - to set the record straight on behalf of the group to avoid any future confusion and, more importantly, to ensure the integrity of the term and its propagation.
The term "beep" was coined circa 2002 in Bloomington, IN. Most academic scholars place the origin of the term to the off-campus residence inhabited by Mike "Sluggz" Luginbill and several of his fraternity brothers. The term was invented as a protest of sorts to bring public notice and/or mere personal enjoyment to a statement - written, verbal, or otherwise - made by an individual or group of individuals intending to bring attention to oneself or themselves. While there may be debate surrounding the exact timing of the term's origin, no one debates the fact that it was indeed Sluggz that brought it into SNC's vernacular (albeit inadvertently perhaps...).
Immediately following its collegiate inception, a bevy of related terms soon spawned from "beep." To eliminate discrepancies in the proper usage of "beep," please allow me to explain several of the most commonly utilized derivatives.
The Name Drop We've all been guilty of this at some point. The guilty party (the beeper) includes a casual reference to a person or group of individuals in an attempt to strengthen the impact of their statement upon the receiving party (the beepee). As Walt pointed out in a recent tweet, to refer to this party by his/her/their first name(s) increases the need for the beepee to beep the beeper.
Ex: "OMG, I ran into (name of semi-famous athlete, actor, notable public figure, middle Jonas brother, etc.) the other day at the mall while I was out shopping for some new shoes. He/she/they looked amazing."
The Vacation Drop A cousin of the The Name Drop, in which the beeper subtly or overtly references a destination other than the setting in which the conversation takes place to enhance the impact of their statement upon the beepee.
Ex: "Mexico was great for the honeymoon, but we're looking into the Dominican with our travel agent for this year." (Author's note: not everyone who visits the Dominican Republic deserves to be beeped, but those who possess ownership over travel agents in conversation should be, including this author who has made the above statement nearly verbatim)
The Self-Dep Beep (short for self-deprecating), in which the beeper brings attention to a particular plight he/she/they is/has/will enduring/endured/endure.
Ex: "That reminds me, last summer when I was traveling abroad I sprained my ankle on the way to the top of the Parthenon and had to have Brad carry me all the way back to the Four Seasons." (Author's note: this particular example includes indeed three beeps; the self-dep example of the sprained ankle, the vacation-drop reference to visiting ancient Greek historical sites, and general beep for the need to point out the name of the luxury hotel at which the beeper resided)
The Greep Coined by Charlie (date unknown), a greep can be called by the beepee when the beeper - almost always this author, whose nickname inspired the wombo (word combo) of Green+beep=greep - mercilessly unleashes some completely unsolicited nugget of trivia upon the helpless beepee(s). A greep can be called by saying "Greep" - usually in a monotone manner, nearly always not looking up from the game of Angry Birds or Mad Skillz Motocross being played on a phone while waiting in a regional Canadian TV station's green room at 7:30 AM - or, as Jerome has recently coined, shaping the letter G with one's pointer finger and thumb while employing the Seggieface. I will not elaborate on the Seggieface, just know that it's awesome.
Ex: "The key change right before the guitar solo and the Picardy third on the final chord make 'And I Love Her' my favorite Beatles tune off of 'A Hard Day's Night.'" - recent tweet posted by this author on 3/13/11 (Author's note: the author's usage of his own tweet to show the implementation of a greep may, admittedly, in fact be a self-dep beep...)
The Honk A honk is larger than a beep in nature and tends to be called out by the beepee by miming the pulling down of a train whistle, the playing of a small horn instrument such as a piccolo trumpet, or this author's favorite, the falling asleep at the wheel of a car with the beepee's head resting firmly upon the horn. Usually, when one is "honking," they are beeping out of control, a state in which many refer to as a "beep-fest."
Ex: "So I was at the Lakers game (general/vacation) and I saw Jack Nicholson (name-drop) get up and say something to the ref and I was all like, "Yo, Jack (first name drop), it's me from the coffee shop earlier!" and he obviously remembered me because he invited me down to the court (general) but my girl spilled her drink on me (self-dep) when we stood up and I was like "Awww, I know you didn't just spill your drink on me right as I'm about to go sit with Jack (first name drop) and pitch him my movie script (general) about the hardships endured by the common Union soldier under the command of General George McClellan at the Battle of Antietam (Greep)."
As one can see, whereas the petty offense of beeping often goes unnoticed by the beeper, the graceful and admittedly stupid art of calling out beeps is one that requires years of study and implementation by the beepee. It should be noted that administering beeps is not intended to be malicious; rather, distributing beeps to guilty beepers should be practiced in a light-hearted and jovial manner. If the beeper takes offense to being called out on their honkage, they should probably stop beeping.
Thank you for stopping by, everyone, and, yes, I realize I will never have returned to me the past 30 minutes of my life (self-dep).