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The American Urban Slang Dictionary

Updated on May 19, 2013

I have picked up some interesting "Lingo"

Growing up in the 60's and 70's, my friends and I had our own little language that we communicated in. In fact, most "hippies" in that day and age shared some common urban language. My dad and I used to laugh and say we should make up a dictionary of all the slang language of that time.

In honor of my dad, who was just one of the coolest guys I know, I have put together my own urban slang dictionary with some of the common language used today by teenagers and young adults. These definitions are my own interpretation but I have it on good advice that I have captured the essence of what these terms mean.

So fo sho next time you want to get in my face and ask me to find some grapes you'll know exactly what I'm talking about foo! And don't be hatin on me either beezy!


No I did not do this "graffiti" tag myself. Someone I know did and I thought it was interesting. If you look hard you will see numbers in it that have a hidden meaning. The clue is in the photo and the meaning is in the hub here.
No I did not do this "graffiti" tag myself. Someone I know did and I thought it was interesting. If you look hard you will see numbers in it that have a hidden meaning. The clue is in the photo and the meaning is in the hub here. | Source

21st Century American Urban Slang and Lingo

Yo: "what's up?" ; how are you doing?; what's new?, hey

Dub: $20 dollars

Dude: a person

Trees: Marijuana

Grapes: Marijuana

Hecka: alot of something

It's a wrap: it's done, something is going to happen

Squab: fight

Swagger: style

Beezy: another term for a girl

Fo Sho: "for sure" ; OK ; alright

What it is: greeting ; how are you doing?

What's crackin: what are you up to?

A blunt: a big marijuana cigarette

Swisher: a cigar used to roll a blunt (you empty out the tobacco first... whatever happened to Zig-Zags?"

Riding Deep: cruising with many people in a car

>3: love

Muah: blowing kisses

Mo Fo: Mother F'''''''' r (you can guess the rest yourself)

Scandalous: someone doing something messed up or "bad"

Five 0: police, cops

Doing too much: the person is being too complicated

20's: 20 inch rims on cars

Dime Bag: 10 dollar bag of marijuana

Shorty: a girl

Scraper: older car usually just to get by for the time, can be kind of nice though

It's bad: it's not a good time or situation

Getting up in my grill: someone is getting in my business

Let's bounce: lets get out of here ; let's leave

What's up?: what are you doing, what's new?

You be trippin: accusation that someone is wrong, lying or not making sense

Where are you coming from?: what do you mean?

Snitch: someone that has given information out about someone else's illegal activity

That's messed up: doing something wrong in someone eyes

Hater: someone with a bad attitude, someone that is "picking on" someone

That's sick: it's "cool "or "nice" ; good or great

411: April 11th of any year. The day pot smokers celebrate and smoke marijuana

Game: getting something good

Bruh or Bro: friend

Slappin: listening to music loud

What's good?: what are you doing? what are you up to?

Himme up or hit me up: call or text me. Get a hold of someone

Foo: fool

The Black and Whites: the police

@Copyright Dorsi Diaz 2011

Closing thoughts on the new slang

So I hope that you dig what I've done here with the urban slang dictionary because I think it's cool. I also think it's groovy that kids now a days have their own language too. In the days when we smoked Mary Jane we would have never thought that would one day it would be called grapes or trees. And buying a lid was enough to keep us quite content for awhile. Gone are the days of the lids and now replacing them are dime bags and zips.

And nah I don't smoke that stuff anymore. Back then it was in bongs - now it's hookahs, pipes and "blunts".

Peace out bro.

(Dorsi Diaz, the author, is a freelance writer, photographer and artist. Dorsi writes on a broad series of subjects and most of her work is non-fiction)


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  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Alastar)'s a wrap dude.

  • Alastar Packer profile image

    Alastar Packer 

    6 years ago from North Carolina

    Yo! sick hub Beezy. Dig da swagger Shorty, fo sho. So, whas crackin? Himmie up sumtine.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Paul) I'll have to ask my sons about that one!

    @nikashi) Glad you enjoyed the hub. It was fun writing it!

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    6 years ago

    Great article that brings up a lot of memories. Funny, every once in a while I catch myself just about to say my old stomping ground lingo(but refrain). Now and then are the same, just with different words. Thanks

  • Paul Kuehn profile image

    Paul Richard Kuehn 

    6 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

    I have heard the word "filthy" used in a good context as in "that curve ball which the batter couldn't hit was really filthy. Does that imply the pitch was excellent?


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