If you haven’t been to college lately, you probably haven’t heard any of the new jargon poisoning the classroom. If you want to hear what it sounds like, then take a look at this TikTok video which features a “hostage situation but it’s a college discussion section.”
A lot of the phrases you hear in the video seem ridiculous—”kidnapping oriented,” “outdated and problematic language,” and “point the gun in a more equitable way.” Of course, no one expects a victim of a real hostage situation to speak to her kidnappers in this stilted language. In fact, I think most of us don’t expect regular people to talk like this in any situation.
Yet the video struck a nerve with a lot of college-aged users. The reason it’s funny to students is because it is relatable. That much is obvious from its more than 52,000 likes on Instagram and more than 87,000 likes on TikTok. The comment section