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BNOC? JoFo? What does it all mean?

By Oli 08 Oct 2018

By now you’ve probably started to pick up that there’s some odd words flying around campus. Every university in the UK has some common words that are used everywhere, but each university community has its own slang and abbreviations. While they might seem confusing, these words are sometimes really useful to know. Here’s a list of some of the words you might come across while at the University of Leicester: 



  • JoFo – stands for John Foster and GMS stands for Gilbert Murray + Stamford. That’s three of the halls of residence in Oadby Student Village.  

  • Vicky P – means Victoria Park, the large park located next to main campus.  

  • Dog – This one does require a bit of context, as saying ‘dog’ in any sentence will make anyone think of humanity’s four-legged best friend. But if your mates are thinking of having a few drinks after your lectures, they’re probably referring to the student pub The Loaded Dog. An unusual name for a pub, but that novelty makes you remember it. Other university students ask “Pub?” In Leicester, we ask “Dog?” 

  • BNOC – probably the most well-known slang term to have come out of universities – stands for Big Name On Campus. If you can’t walk 5 paces without your friend seeing someone they know or met, they’re definitely a BNOC. Though if they ever say they are, then they’re not a BNOC. Get it?

  • Cob – Now, this word actually comes from the Leicester area, not specifically from the university. You may know it as a bap, breadcake, teacake, bread roll or other. But in Leicester, it’s a cob. 

  • Belvoir Street – This is less of a slang term and more of a fun little fact. You’ll notice a few places names around Leicestershire with a French twist (De Montfort and Ashby-de-la-Zouch to name a few). While you would think Belvoir Street would be pronounced ‘Bell-voar’, it’s actually pronounced ‘Beaver’. The reason? The medieval English couldn’t say the French pronunciation, so went with what they knew. I still prefer to use the French way though. 

  • DMU & UoL – Using these two abbreviations usually refers to the rivalry between the two universities in Leicester. DMU stands for De Montfort University and UoL stands for University of Leicester. You might be asked “Are you at DMU or UoL?”  



This list is only the start for slang that lingers around the campus. What other words have you come across in your time so far at Leicester? Let us know! 

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