A Digger's Glossary
The St. Paul Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt has inspired people to dig endlessly into snow and ice in the heart of a Minnesota winter for more than 50 years. This rare breed of human being has designed its own language in order to communicate with like-minded souls. It is here that we attempt to decipher this strange lingo for the first time ever.
|"You Dig?"||question asked of strangers in the field to ascertain that they are Cooler Crew friendly; something of a Cooler Crew slogan.|
|Camo Crue||a group of experienced medallion hunters that dress in camouflage hunting gear, hunt like a wolfpack, and guard their clue-decoding secrets warily|
|Cooler Crew||the name of this Web site, the moniker for supporters of this Web site, regular readers and writers of the CoolerCrew message board, and/or participants in activities put on by the Cooler Crew, particularly the Predig-Gig and Rehash Bash, which bookend the medallion hunt|
|Coolerhead||a CoolerCrew regular, which is all it takes to be a member of the Cooler Crew|
|digger||a medallion hunter (in snowy years, the medallion tends to be buried in the snow)|
|frog pond||an obvious reference point in Como Park near the Conservatory; used in context to mean lost, way off, confused, as in: "Yeah, right, I'll see you in the frog pond!"|
|Joe||as in: "Hey, I got a Joe."; short for "Joe Medallion," a troublesome Water Cooler Message Board poster that would type several one- or two-character messages in a row to reach a numbered message like 3,000 or 4,500|
|locusts||the sound of hundreds of shovels digging together at night|
|LOL||"Laugh Out Loud;" more of a chat/newsgroup acronym, but used frequently in CoolerCrew Message Boards|
|lurk||what one does when they're hesitant to post in messages to the Water Cooler; lurking, lurker|
|McGovern's||Patrick McGovern's Pub and Restaurant, a St. Paul institution located at 225 W. 7th Street that serves as the annual gathering place for the Cooler Crew's "Predig-Gig;" a charming establishment for good foods and drinks in one of the city's most historic neighborhoods|
|MCL||"Much Cooler Love" - similar to SCDs|
|Medallionis venator||medallion hunters; coined by Kermit Pattison of the Pioneer Press to describe those seen roaming local parks with heavy parkas, shovels and lanterns; members of species either gather in boisterous flocks or hunt alone with a wary eye on potential competitors.|
|midnight||the witching hour; go to the St. Paul Pioneer Press Building at 345 Cedar Street after about the 6th clue, and you'll see|
|noodle||an attempt to decipher the clues. Comes from "...using your noodle." noodling, noodled, noodles|
|Predig Gig||Annual CoolerCrew party celebrating the start of the hunt. It occurs the Saturday evening before the first clue is released usually at McGovern's. A Cooler institution since 1999.|
|Rehash Bash||Annual CoolerCrew party celebrating the finding of the medallion. Typically occurs the Sunday following the finding of the Medallion at the part in which the Medallion is found. It is a giant potluck picnic, and family event.|
|SCDs||"Sweet Cooler Dreams;" used as a sign-off on the Pioneer Planet message board|
|slog||digging through posts on the Water Cooler Message Boards in order to catch up with a conversation (a near impossibility during peak medallion hunting season). Comes from "slog" - as in difficult and slow movement/ambulation through a material such as snow; slogging, slogged, slogs|
|to and fro||1. a reference to clue 8 from 1998; defined by diggers as wandering aimlessly in search of the medallion, as in, "How's your diggin' goin'?" — "Not bad, but I'm kinda just to and fro, y'know?" — "Sure, you betcha. To and fro."
2. Back in the early days of the Water Cooler, we were allowed our own representative symbols, including animated gifs; a Cooler participant named BeeyoB had a little man that went "to and fro."
|weekender||medallion hunter that can't get away from work (usually) and family (sometimes) responsibilities until the weekend|