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HERMITPEDIA

Version 3.3

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Hermit (from the Greek ρημος erēmos, signifying "desert", "uninhabited", hence "desert-dweller"; adjective: "eremitic"): a person who lives to some greater or lesser degree in seclusion and/or isolation from society, usually for a higher purpose.

WORD/ PHRASE

DEFINITION

A300

A wide bodied flesh, the term was first applied to a specific flesh in the mid 80's and saw general application to other deserving characters (flesh). Originated shortly after Air Jamaica began flying their first wide bodied jets (A300).
[ I suppose one day we shall see an A380 roll thru the hermitage, Gogs have no self respect or standards !! ]

Admin

The name given to campus officials who annually deny hermits their caution money

Alias

Fictitious identifier given to Hermits by parents or Admin, see Hermit Name

Anti-Stink

Applied under arms after hermit ball and bathing (in that order)

Arbitrary

Defying definition, see Random

Arima

Secret destination of the greatest screechers. HIA is so busy monitoring the traffic into Port of Spain that they rarely look in the opposite direction.

Basic

Simple, elementary, opposite of higher, as in basic draft

Bass

Vocal frequency emitted by all True Hermits

Beat

What non-Hermits do with their books or gogs do with.. …..CENSORED!

Beautiful sight

Sunrise in Trinidad. Think before answering when asked on the grub line if you like to see beautiful sights, as the seniors will make sure that you do.

Beg It

The last resort when look it or mek goes wrong.

Big Tree

Now sadly gone

Blocks

Quiet place on campus where Hermits go to pull matta, Gogs troll for flesh, and Trini-man invade at the height of matta season to upset mankine’.

Boat

Primary nutrition resource for Hermits, see also Heineken, Milo, Hermit Crackers

Boat - Capsize

When some mama’s boy cooks a meal and even the rats refuse to eat it.

Boat - Captain

Usually the best cook out of a group of seven Hermits. Each Hermit cooks on a different day, but the Captain cooks on Sunday

Boat - Pirate

Either a lazy or broke hermit who is allowed to partake in a meal cooked by a boat member (There were always 3 or 4 of them when I used to cook)

Boots

Cloaking device used to prevent gogs from reproducing

Bottling

The activity of throwing a projectile (usually made of glass) at high velocity against a window of the hermitage. Usually practiced at night by unknown persons and members of the infamous HIA.

Butch

Defender of Hermits against direct, frontal attacks, see Front Page, Good Bwoy

Carib

A poor excuse for beer, unless consumed directly from the production line at the brewery during a field trip, in which case it is acceptable to drink as much as possible

Caution money

Money given to the university to hold until you graduate as security against breakage or damage of university property. No Hermit has ever got back their caution money. One tried but was laughed out of the Admin building. In past years (pre-1985) caution money was donated to the Hermitage.

Charter

Method formerly used by Air Jamaica to discipline unruly flight attendants (How hermits return to their respective islands at the end of a semester)

Children!

Warning used in Hermit ball instead of “Man on!” when approaching tackler is unskilled. Appropriate responses include, “How many?” and “Could be a million!”

Common House

Combination of either two Common Rooms or or a Common Room and Common Passage, with shared bathroom between and doors to stairs at each end.

Common Passage

Open area on the Hermitage into which 2 rooms open. Closed off by doors at each end. Hermits living in such areas refer to their neighbors as “Common Passage

Common Room

Open area on the Hermitage into which 4 rooms open. Closed off by doors at each end. Hermits living in such areas refer to their neighbors as “Common Room

Common Wall

The Hermit whose room adjoined yours, and as a result the Hermit you trust the most and vice versa.

Cotch

Concentrated fuel used to keep eyes propped open during matta season. Known to pagans as...coffee

Course

Part of the degree being pulled for, with unattainably high pass mark of 40%

Cut

What you do tomorrow after leaking today, see Sprint

Cutting Tool

The reason why shadows should not be trusted after dark, see Sprint, Apache, Sitting Bull, TJ

Daaga Hall

Indoor wooden trampoline, burned to ground in 1980

Degree

Piece of paper preventing hermits from having real fun.

Diwali

Annual festival honouring the Great Roti

Doc

Supreme Protector and Defender of all Hermits, see Good Bwoy

Doclet

Permanent, 33rd resident of GFS

Double

Back-to-back movies, as in Horror double or Kickers double. There is no such thing as a romance double.

Draft

Knowledge or understanding of a particular subject.

Draft, Fullness of the

A rare state of understanding achieved by sleepless nights spent studying or meditating on a particular academic subject. (You can also achieve this state by going to class and paying attention).

Draft, Hold the

Achieving initial comprehension of the draft

Exam

A major milestone on the road to achieving True Purpose. See Pass, Fail, Supps, Interview

Exam, Fail

What 1% short will get you. See Supps, Interview

Exam, Pass

The hardest 40% to score on the planet. Achieving this state is typified by extreme euphoria. drunken crying, manic laughter and hugging-up outside Infinity, often signified by repeating the phrase “I have made.”

Fete

Trap set in darkened places by Gogs and flesh. Baited with loud music to distract Hermits from their True Purpose. May result in mek or violence if not careful.

Firm

Steadfast, sure, certain, confident or unwavering, as in Firm Hermit, opposite of shaky

Fiss-it

CENSORED!

Flesh

The ultimate form of temptation. These creatures were designed to break down even the firmest hermits by seducing them with tantalizing curves, sweet perfume, makeup and shamefully revealing clothes. Known to visit the Hermitage under the pretence of studying and create chaos ‘mongst mankine’. Excellent energy saving device as their presence forces mass cold showers saving thousands on the electric bill.

Flesh, Arbitrary

A flesh behaving in an erratic or confused manner (often occurs when hermits take off their shirts after a good game of hermit ball and walk through the campus)

Flesh, Delta

A small or petite flesh (remember part one maths dy/dx)

Football week

A time of great stress at St Augustine each year, cumulating with Milner losing to Canada Hall in football. Some of the campus is zoned off to Milnerites and abductions are commonplace

Formal wear

The headgear part of the Grub Uniform

Fretters Lime

Post-exam activity, usually held either in Infinity or by the bulletin board outside the office of Irma Regis, see Exam Results

Front Page

The main entrance to the Hermitage, designed primarily for greeting newly-arrived grubs and training them to become freshmen. This area is avoided by Screechers during the rest of the year.

Further North

Extrapolation of the North Block, also known as Trinity Hall

GFN

Ground Floor of the North block - it doesn’t get much lower than this.

GFS

Ground Floor of the South block – even lower than GFN

Gog

A fallen hermit, one who has yielded to the pleasures of the flesh and abandoned the ways of the Hermitage

Gogsville

I don’t know… I’ve never been there!

Good Bwoy

Highest honour that can be awarded to a male civilian for meritorious acts on behalf of Hermits, see Doc, Butch

Graduation

The ceremony at which a grub becomes a freshman, often followed by a fete somewhere on the campus at which the freshman will immediately attempt to mek.

Great Roti

Gremlin

A flesh that resides in the void

Grub

The lowest, most miserable form of life on the planet

Grub - Roll call

Always in alternate “base and “treble” voices, grubs number from the shortest to the tallest at the start of a grubbing session

Grub Line

Grubs arranged by height to optimize grubbing

Grub major

A grub with military training used by senior hermits to convey instructions to other grubs

Grub Uniform

Water-resistant apparel worn during grubbing, see Formal Wear (Grubs wear shorts, t-shirts and briefs to grubbing sessions. The briefs are used to keep their heads warm)

Grub, Sergeant Minor

A minor to the major??!!!

Grubbing

The process of making ordinarily bright young men into lean mean fighting hermits capable of staying up all night and pulling matta. They become Immune to the evils of the flesh and after a few hundred buckets of water to the face are capable of sustaining the torture dished out by lecturers bent on their destruction in the form of excessive assignments, impossible project deadlines and 6 hour long exams. Aka the process by which a grub is transformed into a form of life suitable for graduation

Grubette

During a dark period of hermit history, flesh were allowed to live on hall (Gee just when I graduate they let flesh on the hall…….). A form of life unknown to true Hermits

Grubmaster

Heavenly Body

Form of life unknown to true Hermits, See Flesh

He-d-at

If you can’t figure this out you are one!

Hermit - Prophet

After a visit to the campus pub, some hermits can see into the future and predict exam questions. Their trance like state is often mistake for drunkenness.

Hermit Anthem

The sacred song of C-hall, unfortunately every single word in it is a “bad word” so we can’t quote any of it here,

Hermit Ball

A form of tribal football played with small goals on any size field by any even number of players from two to 192. Known as “scrimmage” by the less-educated. Effective counter to exam pressure and temptations of the flesh. See Skins, Shirts

Hermit Boat

A group of Hermits (usually seven) who take turns cooking for each other. Often from the same common house or floor, each boat has a captain who is responsible for quality control, purchasing food and tossing out boat members who cannot cook, see Walk the Plank. Some boats are legendary (like the prestigious Bajan boat) while others are mere scientific curiosities.

Hermit Code, Hermit Law

The laws governing life on the Hermitage, violation of which is punishable by Hermit Trial or in extreme cases, a Move Off

Hermit Cot

Where Hermits sleep. Not used during Matta season

Hermit Crackers

The food of the gods (or broke hermits)

Hermit Customs

When a grub first arrives at the Hermitage, senior Hermits must ensure they have no illegal substances in their possession (these are dangerous times). Hence all bags are searched for contraband items like the cake your aunty gave you, the rice & peas and chicken your mother made, as well as any liquor or boots. Safe items (knives, guns and weed) are allowed through.

Hermit Fete

Fete held by Hermits in a Common House for exclusive attendance by Hermits only, see Matta Season

Hermit Judge

Senior Hermit who is versed in Hermit law. Few rise to this high position. They preside over Hermit Trials with great wisdom and understanding, and then they find everyone guilty.

Hermit Name

Appropriate identifier given to each grub immediately upon arrival on the Front Page, see Alias

Hermit Net

Net suspended from the hook in the ceiling above the hermit cot to keep mosquitoes off sleeping Hermits

Hermit Picture

Group photo in which all hermits to fold their arms and stare skyward

Hermit Rap

Before the days of hip-hop, a hockey stick was rubbed against the corrugated roof over the walkways to call Hermits out of their rooms immediately. Often when Milner attempted a raid or for an emergency hall meeting.

Hermit Show

Hermit Shower

Place where visitors are often unexpectedly encountered, see Flesh

Hermit Table

Where Hermits sit in Minez to avoid further contamination

Hermit Trial

When a hermit violates the rules of the hermitage and is caught partying in San Fernando or Point or on the beach by the HIA. They are placed on a podium and tried by a hermit judge and their peers. The punishment is usually 20 to 40 buckets of water to the face simultaneously. (By the way, it wasn’t me, the HIA made a mistake, I never saw that woman before in my life!!….)

Hermit Wall

The safest place for Hermits in any fete other than a Hermit fete.

Hermit, Ex-

Hermit who relinquishes residence on the Hermitage, usually forcibly, see Move Off

Hermit, Former

Hermit who relinquishes residence on the Hermitage by earning his Degree.

Hermit, Senior

One who passed the grub line with ease and survived at least one year of extreme suffering going to classes and doing assignments.

Hermit, Super

Same as senior hermit but they actually enjoyed it.

Hermitage

Also called C-hall and Canada Hall it is the home of all hermits at the UWI St. Augustine campus. Built on sacred ground, it is a place of study and solitude, and should never be defiled by the presents of flesh. See monastery

Hermits of Old

A recently coined term used to describe Former Hermits. It does not mean they are old!

Hermits Report…..

All call for hermits to respond to, or provide feedback on a particular issue or problem.

HIA

Hermit Intelligence Agency – a secret society of Hermits sworn to uphold the Hermit Code and flush out the activities of gogs.

Leader - unknown, members – also unknown!

Highway One

Main thoroughfare linking South City with the North. Like the Front Page, an area avoided by screechers

Hills Burning

Geological harbinger of doom, see Exam, Matta season (The hills overlooking the campus often catch fire around exam time)

Hole

A place or location that serves no purpose whatsoever, see Milner

Hook, Shoot Out

Unacceptable form of stress relief for Hermits, see Fiss, Sprint

Idge

Hermit totally lacking in common sense

Impedance

Trinidadian entertainer, originator of “Rap-so” and the phrase “Is wot?” Known to those unfamiliar with basic electrical terminology as “Bro. Resistance”. Became personable in later years as he matured.

Import

To bring a flesh from one country to another

Infinity

Hic! The campus bar, can’t remember much about the place though…..

Interview

The way a senior Hermit progresses to Part III despite a Failed Exam. A process agonizingly similar to sliding down a hill of razor blades on your **CENSORED** and landing in a pool of alcohol, but still preferable to repeating the entire year.

Irma Regis

Engineering Faculty Administrator who posts Exam results on the bulletin board outside her office (from the Latin “erma regis” or “bearer of pass/fail news”)

It

Intimate female companionship, see Look It, beg it, mek

Jive

Friendly teasing amongst mankine

Jockstrap

Appropriate evening wear on the Hermitage, when worn with just slippers or Clarks shoes

KFC

Kenfucky Dry Chicken , after 25 weeks of boat food, KFC starts looking good.

Kickers

Kung-fu movie, preferably with sub-titles and rarely seen unless as a double

Kill’ood

Drink with the opposite effect of Viagra, sold under the commercial names Flavorade, Kool-aid or Quench-ade

Lasaam

Respect paid by kneeling grubs to buildings on campus

Last Parados

The feeling of desperation a flesh feels when she reaches a certain age and is still not married. Highly dangerous, even potentially life-threatening condition for the unwary. May result in tuttus tear-off if not vigilant.

Leak

Surreptitious divestiture of useless asset in order to gain a tactical advantage, see Sprint, Cut

Lean pon

Apply amorous influence to a flesh. May result in tuttus tear-off if flesh is shaky, See Work

Lock up

Look It

Primary function of gogs. Not condoned by Hermits under any circumstances because of the high risk of violence. Not to be confused with beg it.

Lyme

From the Trini word “lime”, it means to party or socialize. Not advisable before exams however

Lyme – hermit

Also called matta-break, when hermits partake of food and anti-matta or attend a social gathering, movie or party.

Lyme – Movie

On the rare occasions when hermits have money, they go visit the local cinemas to check out the latest flesh, I mean movies. This may also occur the night before an exam when a hermit realizes he can’t pass no matter what he does. See Show Lime

Lyme by dat flesh

HIA reports that this phrase is often used by gogs before they make advances on flesh. It is never uttered by true Hermits.

Lyme hard

Excessive lyming, the HIA report that this activity may involve alcohol, gambling, partying, and even flesh. Often leads to a hermit trial.

Made

To succeed at an attempted endeavor, such as Exam or bidding in a sprint, as in “I have made” Not to be confused with mek

Mankine

Hermits everywhere, not to be confused with “mankind” which just means humans everywhere.

Maestro

Greatest Hermit ball player (only one known to date)

Maracas Beach

A great place to screech at midnight for a beach party or bar-b-q with Trini flesh….um.. so I hear….( I hope I don’t get another hermit trial for this….)

Matta prophet

Matta

Required for the acquisition of degrees. Often found in notes, text books and other forms of scholarly literature.

Matta Break

Study break, a time to drink coffee (old school), Red Bull, Rodeo, or other energy drinks (new school)

Matta Pull

Intense studying, usually the night before exams and project deadlines.

Matta Season

Training period for Exam, a particularly traumatic time for Gogs, who must divest themselves of all distractions in a panic, while True Hermits proceed coolly as if nothing had happened, see Poui Tree Blooming, Hills Burning.

Matta Sleep

An oxymoron, see Sleep

Matta, Anti-

Non-productive matta, includes comics, magazines, letters from flesh and other forms of entertainment

Mauby

A beverage, not for the weak of stomach but often served with roti and therefore suspected to be the antidote

Mek

The goal of every misguided freshman immediately after graduation and precursor (hopefully) to It, see It, look it

MFS

Middle Floor of the South block, once produced a great football team by mistake.

Milner

a place where garbage and other less than useful beings are dumped.
Special Note: about the only useful function that Milner does is host the annual Lucian Fete

Milner-wrong

Resident of Milner Hole (correct spelling of milnerite)

Milo

The drink of champions

Minez

The campus cafeteria, credited with inventing the process of recycling rice as follows: Monday - White rice, Tuesday – yellow rice, Wednesday – Peas & rice, Thursday –pelau, Friday - spicy pelau,

Weekend – biohazard

Miss Canada Hall

The first female most Grubs meet on the Hermitage, known for her slim, wooden demeanour

Miss Palmer

First cousin of Palmella

Monarch

Mooch

Move Off

Forcible removal from the Hermitage, a fate worse than death, see Ex-Hermit

Mus–mek fluid

A higher form of anti-stink, deliberately worn by gogs intent on inciting violence with the opposite sex

N

A large quantity or amount, as in “I man have N matta fi pull,“

NAC (Adanac)

Middle floor of the North block – the residence of the most confused and twisted hermits hence the name adanac (“Canada” spelt backwards)

Nominal

Barely definable

North (Block)

Corrupted part of the Hermitage, now officially co-ed

Palmella

A Hermit’s best friend, first cousin of Miss Palmer and close friend of Miss Canada Hall.

Pi

Pick Up

The act of observing someone screeching while remaining undetected yourself. A technique developed by the HIA and often carried out by vigilant Hermits whose windows or balconies overlook the football field.

Poui Tree Blooming

Botanical sign of approaching doom, see Hills Burning, Matta Season

Poor

Unacceptable, substandard, lacking

PRENG IT

Pretty much the same as fiss-it (new school)

Purpose, True or Higher

Why we came to the Hermitage, see Course, Degree

Quadrangle

A gather place on St. Augustine campus where students meet to discuss philosophy, quantum mechanics and which faculty has the prettiest flesh.

Raid

Whether done for vengeance or fun, always a thrill. Popular UWI activity usually associated with panties, toads, garbage or all of the above.

Random

Rap

See hermit rap

Reach

Render

Process by which a firm Hermit becomes shaky

Repeat

How to pass Civil II if you can’t or won’t Xerox

Rope-In

Get your $%$^%#$ ass over here now!

Rope-Out

Move your !@#@#%^ away from me!

Roti

Form of emergency rations (2) Excellent trini food comprised of curried meat, potato and dhal rapped in a roti skin. May contain excessive pepper causing an early departure from class, hermit ball or the library. (Sometimes married to toilet paper)

Safe

Condition of a room so that a Hermit can enter without fear or danger of unexpectedly encountering flesh. Confirmed by asking, “Is it safe?” Hermit showers on certain floors are known to be extremely unsafe after midnight on weekends.

Scan

To look at, observe or examine a flesh or other form of anti-matta.

Screech

To hide or attempt to conceal something from fellow Hermits. Depending on the subject, a fairly lethal offense against mankine. Also, how some Hermits move about after nightfall. See Look It

Shaky

Uncertain or unsure of oneself, see Render

She-d-at

If you’re a woman and can’ figure this out… you are one!

Sheriff

Elected law enforcer in South City, see also Hermit Trial

Shuffle-up

Move forward or approach

Skins and Shirts

The two tribes playing Hermit Ball. Once selected, tribal membership can never be changed.

Sleep

A primitive concept developed by cavemen, later proven by Hermits to be the least efficient way of passing the time between dusk and dawn

South (block)

The firmest part of the Hermitage, see South City, Sheriff

Special

Sardines, landed when the boat get fiss, and at other desperate times.

Spic

Trinidadian of Indian descent

Sprint

Acceptable stress-relief activity for Hermits, also known as spades. see also Hermit Ball, Hermit Cricket, Dominoes, Water-cooler Lime, Hermit fete, Inter-shithouse relays

Sprint, 200

a more efficient means of sprinting, see Sprint

Sprint, Multi-gun

the most efficient means of sprinting, see Sprint, Matta Season

Steel Design

A specialized form of Xerox, see also Thermo Lab

Supps

Why the first day of grubbing is always so arbitrary. (Supplemental examinations aka resits)

Tear (off)

Rapid, unexpected removal of the tuttus (can be both figurative and literal). Ouch.

Temporary Insanity

Acceptable defense for any Hermit discovered in Trinity at night during a raid

Tent

Indigenous musical entertainment (seasonal only) that has nothing to do with camping

TFN

Top Floor of the North block, one of two competing penthouses, known for producing scholars and high achievers.

TFS

Top Floor of the South block, one of the two penthouses. Known for strange female screaming and purring at nights

The Mayaro beach lyme of ‘82

A sad day in Hermit history, when over 50 hermits went on a beach lyme with sister hall Trinity to Mayaro only to eat potato salad prepared by the girls that was left overnight unrefrigerated. Most hermits did not make it back to the safety of the hermitage bathrooms and had to “go” in any bushes they could find. The resulting hermit raid was terrible!

Thermo Lab

A major source of irritation for all Part I Hermits, can be counteracted by Xerox

Three-Piece

Suit with vest, also what a Hermit orders at Kenfucky when really hungry

Tics

Campus police, or any police for that matter.

Tobago

The nicest part of Trinidad. Truly idle hermits could be found here on weekends on the beaches or up by the lighthouse away from the sneaky eyes of HIA. See also San Fernando, Point, Mayaro, Maracas Beach

Totally

Highly extreme or irrevocable, as in totally shaky

Treble

Vocal frequency emitted by flesh. Inaudible to Hermits

Tripe Cotch

See Cotch

Tutorial

Personalized instruction on any subject

Tuttus

Vulnerable part of the anatomy that can easily be torn off by a rival if not carefully protected.

TWOFT

Total Waste of f**kingTime – this phrase was popular in the early eighties but mankine decided it was a TWOFT

Unit

A unit in a subject (draft) is the man against whom all others are measured.

Unsafe!

The call of a fallen hermit when caught with the “object” (see flesh) that caused him to fall, in his room??!!

Unscrupulous

A Hermit who forgot the Hermit Code, see Beat Common Wall Flesh

Violence

Public displays of affection whether live, in the movies or on TV. If unexpectedly observed, Hermits may defend themselves against further trauma and also alert other Hermits to the danger by shielding or averting the eyes and repeatedly shouting “Violence!! Violence!!”

Void, The

aka Trinity Hole, a place that does not exist for true Hermits. See Further North

Walk the plank

When a hermit in a boat continually fisses (spoils) his meals the boat captain will make him walk the plank. (This can hurt if you’re 3 floors up on TFN or TFS)

Water War

When the lights fail, water war rules between North block and South block!

Rule #1. don't get captured
Rule #2. there are no rules.

Weather Balloon

Inflatable rubber envelope, See Boots

Wee!

Appropriate response when hailed by another Hermit while safe from sight behind closed doors. Punishable by Hermit Trial if used while unsafe.

Work

Excessive jive or lean, often with the intent to render someone totally shaky

Xerox

Copy draft. Some people claim they never do this, others are altogether too proud of the fact that they do. Also, how to pass Civil II. See also Steel Design, Thermo Lab

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Definition of WALL

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