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Jargon Jungle (B)

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Bachelor:
of... Arts, Science, Education, Engineering, etc. At English and Welsh universities, this is the degree most undergraduate students are heading for. When you get it, you can put BA, BSc, BEd, BEng or whatever else is appropriate at the end of your name, but if you feel you have to boast about it like that, most people will think you're a nob.

Balls:
Big black-tie and posh frock parties, of course. Why? What did you think I'd say? Many student balls include not only a slap-up dinner and much drinking, but also bands (often including quite big has-been names), discos, casinos, fun fairs, cabaret acts, fortune-tellers, snogging and vomiting. Hardy ball-goers often party all night and occasionally the event is rounded off with a champagne breakfast and 'survivors' photo' (not a pretty sight).

Bops:
A dance night more in the school disco style than a hardcore club night.

Botany:
The plant bit of Biology.

BUSA:
The British Universities Sports Association.

Business Studies:
The study of business, obviously (doh!), but it also includes maths and economics and, less predictably, bits of psychology and sociology. And what with Europe and all that stuff, languages are becoming increasingly unavoidable.


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Last updated on: 01 May 2008

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