1.) Nuanced (adjective): a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc.
Used in a college sentence: I know a lot of people think that organic coffee and nonorganic coffee taste the same, but that’s only because you don’t have the nuanced palette necessary to appreciate and understand the tasty and healthful antioxidants that organic coffee provides.
2.) Problematic (adjective): of the nature of a problem; doubtful; uncertain; questionable.
Used in a college sentence: It would be super problematic for you to wear a Native American headdress for Halloween, Becky, because you’re white, and until yesterday you thought Native American people invented Coachella.
3.) Progressive (adjective): favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters.
Used in a college sentence: My college campus is progressive because we have one gender neutral bathroom.
4.) Dialogue (noun): an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, especially a political or religious issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement.
Used in a college sentence: The key to solving the Israeli-Palestinian issue is to like get the leaders to have a dialogue, so like they can talk about their issues, and like figure out that “land stuff” or whatever and stop complaining.
5.) Privilege (noun): a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most.
Used in a college sentence: You know, some people think white men have absurd privilege, but that’s only because they have more job opportunities, and like face less racism, and have more like media representation.
6.) Binary (noun): Legitimate definition: a whole composed of two.
Used in a college sentence: Gender isn’t a binary, it’s not just men and ladies, it’s a spectrum full of all sorts of beautiful people WHO ARE ALL EQUALLY VALID, OKAY?!….SHIT!
7.) Social construct (noun): a social mechanism, phenomenon, or category created and developed by society; a perception of an individual, group, or idea that is ‘constructed’ through cultural or social practice.
Used in a college sentence: EVERYTHING IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT!
8.) Patriarchy (noun): a social system in which power is held by men, through cultural norms and customs that favor men and withhold opportunity from women.
Used in a college sentence: Men create and control everything and their domination, their patriarchy, must be put to an end. Because men are DEMONS.
9.) Triggering (adjective): anything, as an act or event, that serves as a stimulus and initiates or precipitates a reaction or series of reactions.
Used in a college sentence: Last night I saw a girl puke up a lung and it was triggering because it reminded me of the time I drank far too much jungle juice and vomited up twice my body weight in front of a group of confused tourists.
10.) Bureaucratic (adjective): of, relating to, or characteristic of a bureaucrat or a bureaucracy; arbitrary and routine.
Used in a college sentence: The whole college system is so bureaucratic because yesterday I went to the financial aid office to discuss my scholarship, and then they sent me to student affairs, who sent me to the gym, who sent me back to the financial aid office, and then like they just gave me an empty envelope and forwarded me a $400 bill.
11.) Systemic (adjective): pertaining to or affecting the body as a whole.
Used in a college sentence: Racism is a systemic issue in this country…that means when one black person is killed by the police that it is not an isolated incident, but rather part of a historical and pervasive mistreatment of people of color in our country.
12.) Narrative (noun): a story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious.
Used in a college sentence: Right now everyone thinks Britney is a slut because she had consensual sex with the entire intramural hockey team, but like maybe if she apologizes profusely like a sexually active woman should or like does community service work, she can change her narrative and be viewed as more of a Mother Teresa type than a Jenna Jameson type.
13.) Pejorative (adjective): having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force.
Used in a college sentence: The tricky thing about using the word “phat” is that in written format it isn’t offensive, but when you say it aloud it sounds like “fat”, which is pejorative.
14.) Commentary (noun): anything serving to illustrate a point, prompt a realization, or exemplify, especially in the case of something unfortunate.
Used in a college sentence: The fact that people want to vote for Donald Trump is commentary on the state of racists and woefully ignorant people in our country.
15.) Socialization (noun): a continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior, and social skills appropriate to his or her social position.
Used in a college sentence: People aren’t born hating Anne Hathaway, but rather it is through the process of socialization perpetuated by anti-Genovian warmongers that we learn to despise her and her greatness.