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The American Urban Slang Dictionary
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!
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
Hecka: alot of something
It's a wrap: it's done, something is going to happen
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
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
The Black and Whites: the police
@Copyright Dorsi Diaz 2011
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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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Online Slang Dictionaries and Language Links
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