Outdated Wesleyan Lingo: "Squid"

Ever wonder why Esquid (you know, the ratemyprofessors.com-like Wesleyan-specific site that is un-updatable and thus becomes more and more obsolete with each passing semester…) is called E-squid?

According to a completely unverified word-of-mouth source, “squid” used to be a term with a definition resembling “dork,” “nerd,” or “geek.” Apparently, the term came into being to describe the way people who constantly sat in SciLi looked from outside the building as you passed by on Church St: like squid in an aquarium.

Edit: Some alumni and students have chimed in with additional information. Interesting! It sounds like “squid” started as lingo in the early 70’s, worked its way into the name of a pre-ratemyprofessors viewbook with comments from students about different classes called “Squid’s Eye View,” and fell out of usage even while the “Squid’s Eye View” kept going through to the very early 90’s, which later became the inspiration for wesleyan.edu’s very own esquid. Wild.

“As I recall, the term squid (noun only, not a verb) began while I was at Wes (1971-75). It didn’t exist when I got there, or at least it was not widely used. But at some point, it became a common term for the students who were always in the science library, which was open round the clock on most days. (Around the same time, the Sci Lib became know as Skylab.)”
– dave rosenthal ’75

“The term Squid was almost dead by the late-1980’s. I think we saw the last few regular publications of the annual “Squid’s Eye View” (if I’ve remembered that name right), which was a newspaper published a few times a year with anonymous comments on different professors — a great tool for choosing classes.

In general conversation, though, by that time people were not referring much to each other as squids. I never heard the Sci Li connection…”
-class of ’88

“studying in scili–and eventually everywhere, or so i’m told–came to be known as “squidding.” if you read through some of the argus archives, the term is used pretty consistently.”
-ben, ’10

“I started in ’90, and Squid’s Eye View was still around then. I never knew where the name came from though, as the term had dropped out by then.”
-midnight rambler

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34 thoughts on “Outdated Wesleyan Lingo: "Squid"

  1. Midnight Rambler

    I started in ’90, and Squid’s Eye View was still around then. I never knew where the name came from though, as the term had dropped out by then.

  2. Midnight Rambler

    I started in ’90, and Squid’s Eye View was still around then. I never knew where the name came from though, as the term had dropped out by then.

  3. Dave Rosenthal, '75

    As I recall, the term squid (noun only, not a verb) began while I was at Wes (1971-75). It didn’t exist when I got there, or at least it was not widely used. But at some point, it became a common term for the students who were always in the science library, which was open round the clock on most days. (Around the same time, the Sci Lib became know as Skylab.)

  4. Dave Rosenthal, '75

    As I recall, the term squid (noun only, not a verb) began while I was at Wes (1971-75). It didn’t exist when I got there, or at least it was not widely used. But at some point, it became a common term for the students who were always in the science library, which was open round the clock on most days. (Around the same time, the Sci Lib became know as Skylab.)

  5. Dave Rosenthal, '75

    As I recall, the term squid (noun only, not a verb) began while I was at Wes (1971-75). It didn’t exist when I got there, or at least it was not widely used. But at some point, it became a common term for the students who were always in the science library, which was open round the clock on most days. (Around the same time, the Sci Lib became know as Skylab.)

  6. Dave Rosenthal, '75

    As I recall, the term squid (noun only, not a verb) began while I was at Wes (1971-75). It didn’t exist when I got there, or at least it was not widely used. But at some point, it became a common term for the students who were always in the science library, which was open round the clock on most days. (Around the same time, the Sci Lib became know as Skylab.)

  7. Class of '88

    The term Squid was almost dead by the late-1980’s. I think we saw the last few regular publications of the annual “Squid’s Eye View” (if I’ve remembered that name right), which was a newspaper published a few times a year with anonymous comments on different professors — a great tool for choosing classes. In general conversation, though, by that time people were not referring much to each other as squids. I never heard the Sci Li connection…BTW, there was another great newspaper called DisOrientation, which was published each September to give a non-North College orientation for new students, and that’s probably where I first learned the term “Squid”, which we understood to be exclusive to Wesleyan.

  8. Class of '88

    The term Squid was almost dead by the late-1980’s. I think we saw the last few regular publications of the annual “Squid’s Eye View” (if I’ve remembered that name right), which was a newspaper published a few times a year with anonymous comments on different professors — a great tool for choosing classes. In general conversation, though, by that time people were not referring much to each other as squids. I never heard the Sci Li connection…BTW, there was another great newspaper called DisOrientation, which was published each September to give a non-North College orientation for new students, and that’s probably where I first learned the term “Squid”, which we understood to be exclusive to Wesleyan.

  9. Class of '88

    The term Squid was almost dead by the late-1980’s. I think we saw the last few regular publications of the annual “Squid’s Eye View” (if I’ve remembered that name right), which was a newspaper published a few times a year with anonymous comments on different professors — a great tool for choosing classes.

    In general conversation, though, by that time people were not referring much to each other as squids. I never heard the Sci Li connection…

    BTW, there was another great newspaper called DisOrientation, which was published each September to give a non-North College orientation for new students, and that’s probably where I first learned the term “Squid”, which we understood to be exclusive to Wesleyan.

  10. Class of '88

    The term Squid was almost dead by the late-1980’s. I think we saw the last few regular publications of the annual “Squid’s Eye View” (if I’ve remembered that name right), which was a newspaper published a few times a year with anonymous comments on different professors — a great tool for choosing classes.

    In general conversation, though, by that time people were not referring much to each other as squids. I never heard the Sci Li connection…

    BTW, there was another great newspaper called DisOrientation, which was published each September to give a non-North College orientation for new students, and that’s probably where I first learned the term “Squid”, which we understood to be exclusive to Wesleyan.

  11. Anonymous

    my father (’77) definitely points and laughs at the “squids” when we pass sci li… which i always found suspect, ’cause i’m pretty sure he is a big nerd.

  12. Anonymous

    my father (’77) definitely points and laughs at the “squids” when we pass sci li… which i always found suspect, ’cause i’m pretty sure he is a big nerd.

  13. Anonymous

    According to professor Aedelstein (econ), the term was originally a result of the fact that the reserves were in SciLi, so everyone had to go there to read books on reserve. He said that the term died with the inception of ereserves and the attendant decrease in SciLi attendance.

  14. Anonymous

    According to professor Aedelstein (econ), the term was originally a result of the fact that the reserves were in SciLi, so everyone had to go there to read books on reserve. He said that the term died with the inception of ereserves and the attendant decrease in SciLi attendance.

  15. Anonymous

    No idea where it came from, but I’m pretty sure it’s universal, rather than just Wes-specific.

  16. Anonymous

    No idea where it came from, but I’m pretty sure it’s universal, rather than just Wes-specific.

  17. Nina

    I can certainly confirm that in the early to mid-1970s, the noun “squid” was used to describe over-studious dorks. I have never heard the word used as a verb, however. That usage must have evolved after my time.

  18. Nina

    I can certainly confirm that in the early to mid-1970s, the noun “squid” was used to describe over-studious dorks. I have never heard the word used as a verb, however. That usage must have evolved after my time.

  19. Anonymous

    i bet the term stopped being used around the time laptops became popular, since there was just no real need for ink. get it? INK!

  20. Anonymous

    i bet the term stopped being used around the time laptops became popular, since there was just no real need for ink. get it? INK!

  21. Ben

    damn it, i wanted to be the one to reveal this. but yes, studying in scili–and eventually everywhere, or so i’m told–came to be known as “squidding.” if you read through some of the argus archives, the term is used pretty consistently. i’d love to find out when it went out of style.

  22. Ben

    damn it, i wanted to be the one to reveal this. but yes, studying in scili–and eventually everywhere, or so i’m told–came to be known as “squidding.” if you read through some of the argus archives, the term is used pretty consistently. i’d love to find out when it went out of style.

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