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Coach

noun other
A way of addressing a person, similar to saying “dude” or “man”.
 
The term is heavily used by people at Brown college, often as a title before someone’s name. Example: - “What’s up coach Nolan?” “Not much coach, how are you?” Can be used with or without the person’s name, it makes it easier to clarify who you are talking to if you say the name too. It is a semantic extension to the word coach. The term was originally used mainly between a couple students at Brown college who were coaching the Brown college powderpuff team, thus referring to each other as “coach”. They continued this use even as they weren’t coaching anymore and then the new RA heard the term being used and thought that it was a general term people used and then popularized it within the college by calling everyone coach.
Etymology : N/A
Source : “Hey coach, are you playing tonight?” “Not today, coach, I have homework to do.” (Brown college RA and student, November 2019)
Last modified: 11 December 2019


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