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Crawl (1)

noun; other word formation type metaphor
a slow procession through the Rice University campus and includes stopping at each of the eleven residential colleges to drink alcohol
 
This definition of crawl is related metaphorically to the more common standard definition, presented by dictionary.com as “the act of moving in a prone position with the body resting on or close to the ground.” A crawl at Rice University resembles the motions of baby’s crawl, which can be described as a slow and uneven procession with multiple temporary stops, just like the stops at the eleven colleges along the route of a Rice University crawl. A Rice University crawl is also related metaphorically to a second common definition of crawl from dictionary.com: “a slow rate of pace of progress.” This second definition of crawl is often used to describe a line of people or objects that move very slowly towards a particular destination. This definition can also be applied to the slow movements of people in a Rice University crawl as they proceed towards the final destination of the last college along the route. The word ‘crawl’ was invented to describe a social event at Rice University that previously had no single-word description in the common English language. This word is used by a specific population, consisting of students at Rice University.
Etymology : The root ‘crawl’ may have originated from Scandinavian countries which used the word ‘creulen’ for crawl. Although the true source of the word is ambiguous, the word may also have been influenced by Old Norse, which used the word ‘krafla’ to mean “to claw one’s way. (from Online Etymology Dictionary)”
Source : “It was pretty quiet on second floor until the Lacrosse crawl came through.” –conversation with a friend (November 2011)
Last modified: 3 December 2011


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