“Swerp”: you’ve heard it all around school, but what does it mean?
Whether you are walking down the hallways, in class, or in the cafeteria, you probably have heard someone use “swerp” this school year. Junior Garren Hoffman comments, “I’ve heard a lot of people say it in place of ‘swear’.”
This holds true for many instances, and the term is often used to convince someone that you aren’t lying. Freshman Maggie Pappas said, “I hear a lot of people say it, but mainly as a joke, not serious.”
Teachers have also noticed the overwhelming amount of people using “swerp.” “I use it too so that it will get lame and they’ll stop using it.” said Mrs. Swaney.
What started out as a term used between brothers Calen and Mack Suto slowly turned into a common word shared by many students at Avonworth in 2018.
“My grandpa passed away a long time ago and me and my brother started saying, if we would think one of each other was lying, ‘swear on pap’s grave you are telling the truth.’ said Calen. “So then we shortened it and called it swerp and started saying it in front of our friends, and they pretty much spread it to the whole school so now everybody knows about it.”
“It’s more a whole school thing, but a lot of kids at football do say it because that’s mostly a lot of my friends.” said Calen.
Has swerp spread outside the Avonworth bubble? “I think a couple kids at Northgate say it, a couple kids that we wrestle with,” said Calen.
Reporting and pictures done by: Sarah McAdams, Ally Yovetich, Josh Elm, and Julia Libbon