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Rice-Goggles

noun; compounding
Metaphorical goggles worn by Rice students in order to see unattractive classmates as attractive. The term "Rice-goggles" is primarily used for its humorous appeal. It is somewhat of an inside joke at Rice and no other term can be used to describe such a happening. It is mostly used to make fun of the reputation at Rice and to describe the process that both sexes undergo at the University in order to begin to see fellow students as attractive. It is particularly funny that the word "goggle" is chosen because it is something that is both "nerdy" (which goes along with the Rice reputation) and odd. The fact that goggles are used as opposed to glasses or something of the sort implies that these vision-imparing objects must be extra powerful and blinding to work at the university. I believe it was used for practical matters as well because describing the situation in any other way would have taken far longer. Although the term is inherently offensive because it assumes that all Rice students are quite unattractive, the Rice population sees it as something really funny and are not offended by the term. However, I believe that if someone outside of Rice were to confirm or in some way support this idea it would not be taken lightly by Rice students. The word is slowly becoming more common, as even professors at the University sometimes joke on the subject and it will without a doubt continue to spread.
 
These new freshmen make Rice-Goggles obsolete.
Etymology : Metaphorical compound formed from the combination of a university’s name and the slang term derived from Gaelic GOG, relating to a nodding or shaking of the head.
Source : O-Week advisor
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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