I’ve noticed that the term “coed”, as a noun, seems to be used as a synonym for “female college student”. Which strikes me as odd, as presumably it is short for “coeducational”, in which case it should apply to any student at a coeducational school, male or female. Yet I can’t recall the term ever being used to refer to a male student. And I may be mistaken, but I thought I heard someone on “Max Bicksford” being referred to as a “coed”, which is even more strange since he teaches at an all-female college, and I would therefore think that none of his student can be properly called a “coed”.
Then there’s the term “DOA”. I here it constantly on “NYPD Blue”, usually to refer to someone that the cops find dead. I thought it stood for “dead on arrival”, as in someone who arrives to the hospital already dead, yet most of these people are not arriving anywhere. Is this common usage? Or is Sipowitz just weird?