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Aggie Terminology

Every university has its own set of traditions which help to distinguish it from other institutions. Texas A&M University is no exception. Perhaps nowhere else, though, are those traditions as interwoven into the very fabric of the university than they are at Texas A&M. As a result, Aggies have a lingo that is all their own. The following list of terms helps to define what being an Aggie is all about.

A&M

Shortened form for Texas A&M University. Originally, the letters stood for Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas; now, the Texas A&M football historyletters are retained merely as part of the University’s tradition and history.

Aggie

A student, former student or supporter of Texas A&M University. Term is derived from A&M’s agricultural heritage. Aggies are sometimes also referred to as farmers.

Aggie Code of Honor

For many years, Aggies have followed a Code of Honor, which is stated in this very simple verse: “Aggies do not lie, cheat, or steal, nor do they tolerate those who do.”
 
   

Aggieland

Home of Texas A&M University.

All-U Night

All-University Night—the first Yell Practice of the semester. Event includes introductions of men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic teams, coaching staff and yell leaders.

Association of Former Students

There is no such thing at A&M as an alumni association or an Ex-Aggie; there are only former students. The Association of Former Students serves the same purpose as an alumni association, but an individual doesn’t have to graduate from A&M to be a member. Once an Aggie, always an Aggie.

Corps of Cadets

Military-oriented organization, which is the oldest student group on the A&M campus. Texas A&M annually commissions more officers for the armed forces than any other ROTC source in the nation.

Elephant Walk

Annual ceremony held the day before bonfire in which seniors gather in front of the Academic Building, form a single line and wander about the campus like old elephants seeking a secluded spot to end their days.

Fish

A freshman.

Fish Camp

Freshman orientation camp held just before classes begin in the fall. Provides an overall introduction to Texas A&M.

Gig ’Em

One of many Aggie yells.

Howdy!

Traditional Aggie greeting; a derivative of “hello”. Sometimes garbled to sound like “hahdy”. Aggies pride themselves on their friendliness and greet each other and visitors with a “Howdy” as they walk across campus.

Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!

First words to the “Aggie War Hymn,” A&M’s fight song, which was written by J.V. (Pinky) Wilson while standing guard on the Rhine during World War I.

Humping It

Position taken by an Aggie when giving a yell. Bending forward from the waist with the hands placed just above the knees properly aligns the back, mouth and throat for maximum volume.

Jollie Rollie

G. Rollie White Coliseum—the place where the Aggies play volleyball. Before Reed Arena was built, "Jollie Rollie" was the home of Aggie Basketball and held special events like graduation, Muster and Town Hall concerts.

MSC

Memorial Student Center. No one steps on the grass surrounding the MSC, which was built in honor of Aggies who died in battle.

Ol’ Army

Like it “used to be” at A&M.

Redpots

The students responsible for coordinating the building of Bonfire. There are 16 (8 seniors, 8 juniors), and they wear red hardhats or “pots”.

Sully

Statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross, former Governor of Texas and former President of Texas A&M. It stands in front of the Academic Building.

t.u.

That “other school” in Austin is not the “University of Texas.” To an Aggie, it’s “t.u.,” without capital letters.

Tea-sip

Student at t.u.

Two Percenters

Students who do not display the true Aggie Spirit.

Whoop!

Aggie expression of approval.

Yell Practice

Spirit session which builds enthusiasm for an upcoming athletic contest. Under the direction of the Yell Leaders, Aggies show their support for the team by shouting the yells with spirit and singing the Aggie songs with pride. Held at midnight at Kyle Field before home football games.

Silver Taps

This is one of the most emotional of all Aggie traditions. The solemn ceremony is a tribute and honor to an Aggie who has died. The ceremony is held in front of the Academic Building on the first Tuesday of every month at 10:30 p.m., if a student died during the preceding month. Students gather around the area, the campus lights are dimmed (cars included); chimes play from the Albritton Tower; a detachment from the Ross Volunteers fires three volleys; and buglers from the Aggie band play Silver Taps three times. The Ceremony is quite moving because the only sense one witnesses it with is sound. The family members of the deceased Aggie are invited as special guests at the ceremony.

Muster

Muster was first held in 1883 when Aggies met June 26 to “live over their college days.” The early meetings were parties and banquets held during the commencement exercises. Soon, a permanent date was set — April 21 — and it became a time to pay homage to students and former students who died during the past year. At today’s Muster, living comrades answer “here” to the roll call at the largest ceremony before a full house in Reed Arena, for their friends who have passed on. During World War I, groups of Aggies held Muster in trenches in Europe. In l923, former students began holding Muster throughout Texas, the nation and numerous other parts of the world — to let Aggies remember old days and meet old friends.

The 12th Man

The 12th Man tradition was born in 1922 at the Dixie Classic in Dallas, Texas. Today, students stand throughout the entire game in readiness in case they are needed to go into the game.

One of the most well-known traditions at Texas A&M is the 12th Man. The story of this colorful tradition has been told and retold to generations of Aggie students, and is part of the cohesive substance that binds A&M students together forever. The 12th Man is the reason A&M students stand for each entire football game. When Aggie students stand during games, it is this spirit and loyalty they are remembering. They stand in readiness in case they are needed to go into the game like the original 12th Man, E. King Gill.

The Late Dr. Gill of Corpus Christi related this story a few years ago:

"It was in January, 1922, following the 1921 football season. The Aggies were SWC champions and had been invited to play Centre College in what was then called the Dixie Classic in Dallas. I had played on the football team but was on the basketball team at that time and those in charge felt I was more valuable to the basketball team (Gill was an All-SWC basketball player in 1923). I was in Dallas, however, and even rode to the stadium in the same taxi with Coach Dana X. Bible. I was in civilian clothes and was not to be in uniform. Coach Bible asked me to assist in spotting players for the late Jinx Tucker (sports editor of the Waco News-Tribune) in the press box. So, I was up in the press box, helping Jinx Tucker when, near the end of the first half, I was called down to the Texas A&M bench. There had been a number of injuries but it was not until I arrived on the field that I learned that Coach Bible wanted me to put on a football uniform and be ready to play if he needed me. There were no dressing rooms at the stadium in those days. The team had dressed downtown at the hotel and traveled to the stadium in taxi cabs. Anyway, I put on the uniform of one of the injured players. We got under the stands and he put on my clothes and I put on his uniform. I was ready to play but never was sent into the game.”

The Aggie War Hymn

Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!
Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!

First Verse

All hail to dear old Texas A&M,
Rally around Maroon and White,
Good luck to the dear old Texas Aggies,
They are the boys who show the fight.
That good old Aggie spirit thrills us.
And makes us yell and yell and yell; --
So let's fight for dear old Texas A&M,
We're goin' to beat you all to --
Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem!
Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem!
Rough! Tough!
Real stuff! Texas A&M!

Second Verse

Good-bye to Texas University.
So long to the Orange and White.
Good luck to the dear old Texas Aggies,
They are the boys who show
the real old fight.
The eyes of Texas are upon you.
That is the song they sing so well,
So, good-bye to Texas University,
We're goin' to beat you all to --
Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem!
Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem!
Rough! Tough!
Real stuff! Texas A&M!

Saw Varsity's Horns Off (normally follows War Hymn)

Saw Varsity's Horns Off!
Saw Varsity's Horns Off!
Saw Varsity's Horns Off!
Short!

Varsity's Horns are Sawed Off!
Varsity's Horns are Sawed Off!
Varsity's Horns are Sawed Off!
Short!

The Spirit of Aggieland

Some may boast of prowess bold
Of the school they think so grand,
But there's a spirit can ne'er be told
It's the spirit of Aggieland.

Chorus

We are the Aggies -- the Aggies are we.
True to each other as Aggies can be.
We've got to FIGHT boys,
We've got to FIGHT!
We've got to fight for Maroon and White.
After they' ve boosted all the rest,
They will come and join the best.
For we are the Aggies --
the Aggies so true,
We're from Texas A. M. U.

Second Chorus

T--E--X--A--S, A--G--G--I--E,
Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Fight! Maroon!
White--White--White!
A--G--G--I--E, Texas!
Texas! A. M. U.
GIG 'EM AGGIES! 1! 2! 3!
FARMERS FIGHT! FARMERS FIGHT!
Fight -- fight --
Farmers, farmers, fight!

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