Slang of the day: ПРЕПОДPosted: January 27, 2014
You probably already know this word – преподаватель (teacher) and its synonym – учитель.
Учитель is used often in primary and secondary schools, and in general (for example spiritual) sense.
Преподаватель has something formal and academic in it, as long as the root “давать” (to give), so this word kind of means “a giver”. So, in Universities they use “преподаватель”. Long, isn’t it? That’s why in an informal environment students bother to say only the first half of it – ПРЕПОД (sound like ПРЕПЭТ) or even ПРЕПОДША (sound like ПРЕПЭТШЭ) if it’s a woman:
Она клёвый препод (=Она клёвая преподша)! – She is a cool teacher (lecturer, professor – depending on her job)!