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Posted at 1:16 PM ET, 10/ 7/2010

From GTL to grenades: A 'Jersey Shore' glossary

By Liz Kelly

'Jersey Shore's' cast (back row, from left): The Situation, Vinny, Pauly D, J-WOWW, Angelina. (front row, from let): Snooki, Sammi, Ronnie.

"Jersey Shore" is far more important than any of us realized. Unlike MTV's slowly ossifying "Real World" series or even the over-scripted melodrama of Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise, "Jersey Shore" is genuine. Or as genuine as a show about men with fake tans and women with hair extensions (and their own fake tans) can be.

The show is, as they say, a phenomenon. With season 2 underway and filming of season 3 already wrapped, it would seem that Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenni "J-WOWW" Farley, "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Angelina Pivarnick and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino have successfully made the leap from cable obscurity to full-on pop culture street cred. For proof, look no further than ABC, where "The Situation" continues to hold on to his "Dancing With the Stars" berth alongside the likes of Jennifer Grey and Bristol Palin.

This unlikely band of vapid 20-somethings has arrived. And with them, they've brought an entirely new vocabulary. After the jump, we define the most important "Jersey Shore"-isms. Print the list and keep it handy when viewing tonight's episode (10 p.m. ET on MTV).

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A "Jersey Shore" Glossary:

Creepin': This describes the male cast members' attempts to hook up with chicks who are DTF (see below).

Dirty Little Hamster: Just one of Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's nicknames for much-maligned (and rightly so) roommate Angelina.

DTF: Down to [rhymes with cluck].

Gorilla juice head: An overly-pumped, tanned habitué of the Jersey Shore, prone to wearing blingy T-shirts and much sought after by Snooki.

Grenade: The guys use this term for girls they consider less than attractive when "creepin'" at the club. (Also see "Landmine" below.)

GFF: Short for "Grenade Free Foundation," of which MVP (see below) and Ronnie are all members.

GTL: Gym, tan, laundry. Basically the three activities the male cast members spend most of their time on when not creepin' (see above) or smooshing (see below).

Here, the boys explain GTL:

Landmine: A variation of the grenade (see above), a landmine apparently weighs more than a typical grenade.

MVP: Mike, Vinny, Paulie. Apparently they have some kind of Axe Body Spray-generated superpower when they hit the clubs together.

Smoosh/Smash: The act that occurs when one of the cast members finds a gorilla or non-grenade who is DTF (see above). There is a dedicated smoosh/smash room in the house. Just eww.

Staten Island Ferry/Staten Island Dump: More nicknames for Angelina, who does in fact hail from Staten Island. The first iteration is usually followed by the punch line "everybody gets a ride and its free."

T-shirt time: MVP (see above) and Ronnie start chanting this inane little jingle around 11 p.m. most nights when it is time to change out of their black wife-beaters and into their douchy club gear: blingy T-shirts and tight jeans.

Trashbag: Yet another one of "The Situation's" nicknames for Angelina.

Did I leave anything out? Add in the comments section below...

By Liz Kelly  | October 7, 2010; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  Reality Check, TV  
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Please, please tell me people who watch so-called "entertainment" like this are prohibited from voting.Is it any wonder that people like Christine O'Donnell and Sarah Palin get a lot of attention? The entire country has gone completely insane.

Posted by: topperale | October 7, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

While we're at it, Please please tell me that the Washington Post doesn't actually pay two so-called "journalists" to write about this $#!+. No wonder they had to sell Newsweek for $1.00.

Posted by: topperale | October 7, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

What's worse, topperale: That WaPo pays journalists to cover it; or that you took the time to read it, post comment, post more comments, and (based on those comments) will likely return to see responses?
"completely insane," indeed!

Posted by: CJH2 | October 7, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I think it's imperative you add that Angelina's nickname "Trashbags" (it's always plural" comes from the first episode of the first season when she brought all her belongings to the shore house in black trash bags. Crucial detail. Essential detail.

Posted by: purely | October 7, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure a grenade is the chubby ugly girl. a landmine is a skinny ugly girl. landmine's are flat. grenades are round.

Posted by: rackelo | October 7, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

DTS: Down to snuggle

Vinny used this in regards to Snookie. (Obviously not that time they were DTF...or she was DTF with, apparently, a "watermelon.")

Posted by: DumpsterDiving | October 7, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Enlightening. I do wonder why laundry qualifies as an event on par with gym and tan. (On the other hand, they must go through a lot of Ed Hardy t-shirts.)

Also: I'm not sure if "Fresh To Death" counts as a unique term here, but it makes me laugh like hell every time I hear it.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | October 7, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure "Trashbag" would cover the whole gang there....

Posted by: DCCubefarm | October 7, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, most viewers over 30 simply do not get Jersey Shore. I am 47 with a BA and MBA from top ten universities and I love Jersey Shore! The show is fun, wreckless, irresponsible - the way life was for many people in their 20's.

I would, however, would like to see the entire cast receive complete STD testing. I'm sure a few of them need to see a doctor.

Posted by: SCOTTSCHMIDTT | October 7, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

At least the journalist called them all "douchy..."

You forgot- FIST PUMP!!!

I hope the Jersey Shore was and idea that came from My New Hair cut...

Posted by: RossdaBoss | October 7, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Excellent reporting!!

Posted by: JBGJRESQ | October 7, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"Jadrool" should be first on the list with this bunch.

Posted by: SSRes | October 7, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"Jadrool" should be first on the list with this bunch.

Posted by: SSRes | October 7, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

actually, a landmine is a *thin* version of a grenade. Get it right WashPo!

Posted by: jtt3e | October 7, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

with all that "technique" how come these guys don't have no steady women?

it's always something new...that's a sign.

Posted by: chucklebuck | October 7, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I would be much more in terested in seeing a show about 5 Georgetown or Florida State girls living on the beach for a summer :)

sorry the meatheads don't interest me, and obviously the girls don't have much going for them. Angelina is one of the pretty ones and they've run her off the show twice.

what is a "snooki"?

Posted by: chucklebuck | October 7, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

WAPO you missed a chance to get in your left wing bias. To wit: Couldn't you have made some sort of slam against Snooki for dissin your beloved Obama over her comments about him and the Tan tax?

Posted by: RedStater3 | October 8, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Chucklebuck, their comment on how they'll "have" their wives always do the laundry because they'll be "bringing in the dough" tells me all I need to know about their "technique" with women.

Posted by: DCCubefarm | October 8, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

IFF-The "I'm (rhymes with clucked) Foundation," of which Ronnie is the founding member and President.

Posted by: akg001 | October 8, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

The show is fun, wreckless, irresponsible - the way life was for many people in their 20's.

Posted by: SCOTTSCHMIDTT | October 7, 2010 4:40 PM

Oh, no, dear friend, the show is far from wreckless. In fact, that's one of its most endearing qualities.

Totally agree with you re: the STD testing, though. I'm pretty sure they could be used as research subjects in a study of co-morbid and opportunistic infections.

Posted by: northgs | October 8, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The difference between garbage and the cast of Jersey Shore is that garbage gets taken out once a week.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | October 8, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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