Beer cans with words "pre" and "game"

The language of drinking

Merriam-Webster says that the earliest written or printed use of “pregame” was in 2004, but it wasn’t until this past month that the word made its permanent mark on the dictionary in its newest, college-friendly form.
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The Sproul Foul and other terms you should know

Congrats! You got into UC Berkeley, the number one public university in the world. It’s an amazing place for anyone looking for a world-class education, accomplished professors and amazing sports teams. It’s also the perfect place to get your behind handed to you. To ease the transition to UC Berkeley,
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My English: changing at a blistering pace

I never felt too out of place until one fateful day, when I came back to my residence hall after a particularly long walk up a particularly steep hill and exclaimed to my roommates, “Man, these shoe bites are killing me!”
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Upside down over idioms

Just a thought: Does it bother anyone else that to be “up for” and “down for” something mean the same thing? From a couple of quick Google searches, it seems the former is more established as a proper English idiom (though, to be fair, I am defining “proper” as not
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The “Berkeley Plague”: Are you infected?

There’s no denying that UC Berkeley students occupy a unique social, academic and cultural realm in this country. Elements of this environment inevitably seep into our brains and bodies as we settle into life at Cal, a phenomenon we have coined as the “Berkeley Plague.” While there is currently no
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Hookup: The ambiguity of collegiate intimacy

This is the first installment in a four-part series exploring UC Berkeley’s “hookup culture.” Students’ names have been changed or withheld in order to protect their privacy and foster honest conversation. It is a typical Friday night party. The musty combination of sweat, hormones and repressed desires are undercut by
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This column is important

Champagne Problems

Many guides to writing will offer this writer’s truism: “Write what you know.” Usually, I completely disagree. The power of a writer’s imagination enables them to write good fiction based on experiences they have not lived and to give life on the page to people they have never met. Some
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