Whenever you hang out with friends from high school and from your home town, I’ll bet that you throw around slang that people from a different area wouldn’t understand. And now that you’re going to college, chances are that you’ll be surrounded by people in your classes, dorm, and at parties who are from a different part of the country, and who use different slang than you do. Consider this your guide to slang from around the country.
The West Coast:
Hella: (Adverb) Very, often used in conjunction with ‘sick.’ ‘Hella sick’ means very cool. Known as being typical language of NorCal and the Bay Area.
Janky: (Adjective) Run down, not prime condition.
Sketch: (Adjective) Can describe an area that you wouldn’t want to walk through by yourself at night, or a person who does lots of drugs.
Sick: (Adjective) Cool, tight.
Dope: (Adjective) Synonym for sick.
Chill: (Adjective) Laidback, down to earth, usually describes a person or situation.
Beezy: (Noun) A girl who is a bitch.
Like: Probably the most commonly used slang. Not intentionally used, and used as a filler in the same way that ‘um’ or ‘uh’ would be used when the speaker can’t think of what to say next.
Skeevy: (Adjective) Describes actions or people that aren’t honest and upfront, do shady things to get what they want. Also, ‘skeeve’ is the noun-version.
K: (Verb) To finish something, usually a bottle of hard alcohol. Example: “I k’d the Bacardi.”
Throw down: (Verb) To try something really big, usually used in skiing.
Throw down: (Verb) To give money, usually to purchase beer, red cups, or ping pong balls.
Legit: (Adjective) Short for legitimate, means good, optimal.
Wack: (Adjective) Wierd, strange, not optimal.
DP: (Noun) Dance party, dinner party.
BP: (Noun) Beer pong.
The East Coast:
Rage: (Verb) To party hard.
Clutch: (Adjective) Ideal, prime.
Wicked: (Adverb) Very
Mad: (Adverb) Synonym for wicked.
Whip: (Noun) Car.
Benny: (Noun) Used primarily in New Jersey to describe a group of unwanted people (usually tourists or guidos that flood the Jersey Shore in the summer). Example: “Benny go home!”
Dirty: (Adjective) Really good.
Tig: (Adjective) Mad, angry. Example: “I’m so tig.”
Willin: (Verb) To act crazy.
Jughandle: (Noun) A U-turn.
The City: (Noun) New York City.
Pie: (Noun) Pizza.
Pumping Iron: (Verb) Lifting weights… Jersey Shore anyone?
Juice head: (Noun) A person who is into lifting weights, on steroids, or is just a big, ripped guy. Synonym: Meathead.
Wrecked: (Adjective) Drunk. Example: “I got wrecked last night.”
Props: (Noun) Respect.
Dip out: (Verb) Leave.
Biddie/Biddy: (Noun) Little slut.
Throw 7′s: (Verb) to give money.
Y’all: (Noun) You all.
Sweet tea: (Noun) A drink that is tea with about a pound of sugar in it.
Figure: (Verb) To decide or conclude.
Reckon: (Verb) To consider.
Fixin: (Verb) About to be. Example: “We are fixin to be leaving.”
Grits: (Noun) Ground corn.
Nearabout: (Adverb) Almost.
Creeper: (Noun) An odd, creepy person who has a tendency to show up out of nowhere and has an odd presence.
Beastly: (Adjective) Awesome, amazing.
Pop: (Noun) Soda.
It’s always fun to have friends in different parts of the country, and learning all this crazy slang can help you do just that! So study up!
By Lauren from California, who attends Cornell University.