At Villanova they want to know about autonomy, and at Stanford they’re looking up blithe. This interactive map from Dictionary.com shows the most popular word lookups from a range of colleges across the country.
South Carolina: Sociopath
Wichita State: Serendipity
Ohio State: Bold
Michele Turner, CEO of Dictionary.com, explains that “while many searches from college students look at words you’d expect to see for homework or research, such as effect and affect, we saw vastly different searches from students once we drilled down on specific areas of the country. This shows that the issues affecting each campus are very different.”
Kind of makes you wonder what’s going on at Boise State (cauliflower) and the University of Wyoming (gag).