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labbie

noun; clipping
A Rice graduate or undergraduate student who runs a lab. Labbie is yet slang word another used by Rice students. Like most slang used at Rice, labbie is used both as an easier way to say a long word and as a shibboleth. Labbie was most likely derived by clipping the phrase “laboratory assistant” down to lab- then adding the diminutive suffix –ie. Adding the suffix –ie is a common way of forming words among young people.
 
The physics labbie is a hard grader.
Etymology : Clipping of laboratory assistant + -ie, the diminutive suffix.
Source : Friend discussing honors physics
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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