Quiz Bowl Jargon

blitz
to spew multiple answers to a toss up; legal when it is a creator and his/her work, usually not
appreciated, but you have the small chance of arguing for moderators taking the first answer you said
if you say the right one and then blitz the wrong answer
buzzer block
when you neg a question that one of your teammates would have been able to answer
difficulty drop off
(aka difficulty cliff)
when two parts of a bonus are either easy or hard, and the third part is the exact opposite
mem or membowl
short for memorized; when you’ve heard a similar tossup and get it solely because you remember what the answer was
neg
to buzz in first and get a question incorrect, resulting in point loss and/or locking out your teammates
observer effect
the perception that you know more tossups than in the rounds you aren’t playing,
power
to buzz in early enough in a tossup to receive extra points (not available in all formats)
ppg
points per game, from the tossups answered by a player
prompt
what a moderator says when you have given an answer that is too general or maybe
sometimes too specific
real knowledge
when you’ve actually read/studied the subject in question, usually helpful on
bonuses that ask for a component of one of the other parts
stock
clues that come up often for a particular tossup answer that players reflex buzz based solely
on the connection
thirty
to get full points on a bonus; ex. “We thirtied that bonus on European art.”
vulching
short for vulturing; buzzing in on a tossup before the end, after the other team has negged
on it; excusable when there’s a chance the question could still be in power, inexcusable when you do it
solely to beat another member of your team, or when you get it wrong
(this is known as “the cardinal sin”)
swiping
a form of vulching where  another member of your team has claimed the tossup by holding up his/her buzzer and you buzz in and take it instead

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