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O.C.

noun; acronym
A student who either chooses to or is kicked-off their University’s housing on the campus. The term O.C. has become somewhat common in the university environment. Unlike other acronyms such as radar which are pronounced with each sound, the word O.C. is said with each word individually: "o-see" and is referring to those students living off campus. Although it is still common to see people say they live O.C. and have others ask what that means, it is surely spreading and becoming accepted. I believe it was originally coined through the use of the internet or perhaps even facebook with people putting under College residence "O.C." or even through AOL Instant Messenger. Having seen it through such a medium, it was probably verbalized in person and because it is so short and easy to say. It caught on easily. Although saying off-campus is not much harder to say, I think the new word gained popularity for the sake of being kind of college jargon and for the excitement of saying something that is solely understood by some college students.
 
I’ve been O.C. since I got kicked off-campus two years ago.
Etymology : O.C. Acronym from Old English of and Latin campus, 'field'.
Source : Marc
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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