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  • Mar 14, 2011
    The Beep Lingo Explained

    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).

     

    Ryan

     

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on 14 March 2011 - 4:29pm

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).

 

Ryan

 

Comments

I think it's bad that i actually understood all of that on the first read.... Mostly because i have been playing a similar game in my own head against friends and co-workers for years and felt that i was mildly insane in my sadistic enjoyment of the internal laughter. Now i know it's a recognized condition (and more importantly i am not creator) i can live with myself. ;-) I'm late to the game on all blog posts but Ryan's style of writing is perhaps the only online blog i can get into without falling asleep!
blackandwhites21's picture

I realize I'm a few days late to the comment party, but you Mr. Ahlwardt, just gave me a much needed laugh. Thank you sir. I can't wait to beep or greep my sister and see the confused look on her face. Cheers!
Rene A's picture

you, sir, make my day. well done.
EileenR's picture

LOL @ the math of blog comments. Thanks for that info.,Lyssa!
erineclark's picture

Awesome music guys...keep it up!!! I did a little shout out to you on my blog... http://traveltalkteach.blogspot.com/2011/03/straight-no-chaser.html
RichC's picture

So I assume your time on the tour had A LOT of downtime. My old band, when we were in practices and traveling to various gigs took it upon ourselves to quote python, more importantly The Holy GRAIL. If but for nothing else seeing this post just re-assures me that this was normal behavior. "Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?"
Jessica_15's picture

@beblondbird- That's EXACTLY what I was thinking. (I'm blonde also) Although, I do appreciate you clearing that up for us Ryan!
kpofkzoo's picture

How about some aspirin for the dazed and confused blond over here?
S. Brandon's picture

Eileen, anything involving Jim Henson can't possibly classified as trivia. One can't even imagine what contributions that man would have continued to make to the world had he not passed away at the age of 53. (That would call for a greep if I knew it off the top of my head, but I didn't. I knew that he wasn't much over 50.)
Alexsandra's picture

Soooo......we can really blame Carla for GLEEP? Love it! Now that I know I can finally GLEEP soundly...
EileenR's picture

S: I think your comment is classified like this: I almost missed my opportunity. I just got my Twenty Nights CD, personally signed (general BEEP) by Mike Itkoff and Dan Ponce (name drop). Or Mike and Dan (first name drop), as I like to call them. Your first sentence might be a self-dep, too.
EileenR's picture

According to Wikipedia: The word "Muppet" itself first appeared in 1956, and was said by Henson to have been created by combining the words "Marionette" and "puppet". However, Henson was also known to have stated that it was just something he liked the sound of, and he made up the "marionette/puppet" story while talking to a journalist because it sounded plausible. Okay, who's gonna call greep on me?
Davperry54's picture

Would like to make a suggestion fora new album - "Before we were Born" with a favorite oldy moldy song from each of group. Fifth Dimension, Frankie Vallie, etc
Tic Tac Lady's picture

S...sorry...I thought Muppets WERE puppets (I just checked...Wiki says Muppets are "puppet CHARACTERS..so I stand corrected!!)...and *congrats* on receiving the *signed* CD! That would either fall under the *name-dropping* or *honk for joy!* catagory...or maybe you just gave a shout or yelp...or was it maybe just a little *PEEP*?? Tina...that sums it all up! Mary...yes, *greeping* does have a certain ring to it..and "smeeping" doesn't really do you justice! (meant in a very complimentary way!) Although for some reason, SHEEP *does* seem to *fit* Shaina! ^ ~ ^ RYAN...did you have ANY idea you would have this many comments??? Keep the blogs coming..you know we always read those first!!!...or maybe now you just want to WEEP????
Victoria_G's picture

I'm so Bleeping confused ;-)
Shaina's picture

S: BEEP. ;-)
SamanthaBari's picture

Hahaha, thank you for the clearification!
S. Brandon's picture

Oooh, oooh....I almost missed my opportunity. I just got my Twenty Nights CD, personally signed by Mike Itkoff and Dan Ponce. Or Mike and Dan, as I like to call them. :-D (Which kind is that?)
S. Brandon's picture

Beaker is a *Muppet*, not a puppet. :-p
klancy96's picture

#blamecarla - now explained in the Discussion forum! Come, join, and BLAME! lol
Tina Gaston's picture

Gotta love Ryan - always boldly going where no fellow SNC member has gone before.
EvaD's picture

Thanks, Ryan, for the detailed explanation. I think that before you publish the text book, you should consider hiring Mary to write the glossary.
DottieK's picture

My understanding of the hashtag is that it functions as a bookmark of sorts for a subject. When you click on the hashtag, twitter will show you other tweets containing the same hashtag and therefore directing you to read other people's tweets on that subject. Many people (like me) just make up silly ones though, and clicking the hashtag will lead you no where, really. And we chasers have of course invented our own hastags, like #blameCarla or #basslove
Djinnyeh's picture

yes, explain hashtags next, I just signed up for Twitter a few days ago!
Marcaich's picture

Gleep is very simple. I cant spell when am tired. I meant to type sleep and it eventually came out GLEEP...
Diva_Donna's picture

Forget about reading the comments, I only got about a 3rd of a way thru the blog & am more confused then ever! Do I dare ask you to take on explaing the hash tag next? ;-) Maybe I should just give up with my 51 year old brain & leave it to the kids!
Alexsandra's picture

Trying to read all comments. Feeling confused yet somewhat amused. Did anyone define GLEEP? Just wondering. Who knew SNC could be so intellectual? Thank you for informing us all.
Shaina's picture

So let me get this straight. If I say, "Oooh, I was just reading the Imagineering Field Guide to Disneyland, and I remembered this new E-ticket attraction that they're gonna have at Cars Land that they're building in California Adventure. I can't say much about it because I signed a non-disclosure contract when I went to the Walt Disney Imagineering Open House, but I *can* say that it's AMAZING." That would be a "SHEEP," right? :D
Judy d's picture

Let's see...Judy + greep = jeep??? It just doesn't add up! They say that ignorance is bliss - when I contemplate the BEEP, I am very happy ;) And that is an off-the-cuff, unsolicited comment
MaryDSinTX's picture

Ok, since Meep is out for being too much like a puppet in Ess' living room - I will use my last name: Smeep? No, that doesn't work, either. Awwww, just forget it!!! I am not going to come up with picardy third comments anyway. Laura, I do agree that the verb: "greeping" is quite attractive to me. Ess, Thanks for the Charlie rubber stamp story. I was totally unaware of that. I knew he had received the stamp, but never knew why. This blog and the comments are singularly goofy. (Must be why I am participating.)

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