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Get the DU lingo right

You don’t go to the canteen, you head to the ‘cafe’; Rick is not a boy, but a rickshaw, and KNags is Kamla Nagar — here’s a guide to Delhi University’s lingo.

entertainment Updated: Jul 28, 2011 01:40 IST
Namya Sinha

Just getting admission in Delhi University (DU) won’t make you a true blue student of the famous institution. To really fit into DU, one needs to know some basic rules of pronunciation of certain names, abbreviations and acronyms that are only specific to this university. In their three years here, students are also expected to visit some of the landmarks that make the university famous.

At St. Stephen’s College, emphasis is laid on maintaining the class and reputation of the college. So, you cannot get away by pronouncing things the way you want. You have to follow these codes even if you are not a student of the college.

“It’s not ‘Stephen’s’, but ‘St. Stephen’s’. Also, ‘Stephen’s’ is pronounced as ‘Steven’s’ and not with an F sound. And remember, you cannot call a canteen by this name. It is either a ‘mess’ or a ‘cafeteria’. We were also told not to call a cyber café by this name, but as an ‘Internet Resource Centre’. This is all ingrained in us to ensure that we maintain the good aura of the college, and it really irritates us when someone doesn’t follow these protocols,” says Amna Mirza, research scholar, Delhi University, and an alumna of St. Stephen’s College.

Even the students of Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) are very touchy regarding what others call their cafeteria. “It is not a ‘canteen’, but a ‘café’. During our orientation programme on the first day, my seniors told me that we at LSR never use the word ‘canteen’. This is what we also taught our juniors that you hangout at the café and not canteen,” says Sanyaa Khanna, who graduated from the college in the year 2009.

Delhi School of Economics is one of the most popular hangouts in North Campus. Students love to unwind in the canteen and the JP Tea Stall here. “It’s called ‘D School’ when you come to hangout over here. ‘Delhi School of Economics’ is for those who are more of the studious types. For others like us who hangout here, it is D School,” says Niharika Rai, a MA student at the Arts Faculty.

Overheard in DU
Banta/Kanchay waali drink: Spicy lemon soda, DU’s favourite beverage, which is sold at every corner
LP: Lovers Point at Hansraj College
K Nags: Kamla Nagar Market
Bonta: The ridge area in North Campus
U Special/L Special: Buses for the Delhi University students run by DTC. The L Special is the one in which only women can travel
Deb Soc: The Debating society
Rick: Cycle rickshaw
D School: Delhi School of Economics in North Campus
Bhelpuri bhaiya : The vendor selling bhelpuris, the most popular snack in DU
The college across the road: Stephanian description of Hindu College