American English wears many fashions

Kim Kotel

What’s in a name – better yet, what’s in a word? Just a word, like bootsy or dank or stick? Or what about slap? You look in the dictionary and not a whole lot, but depending on where you hail from, whether it be the Windy City, Tinseltown or the Venice of America, those words are looking like a hella something else. Sub-cultural languages exist across the country, playing off old words and giving them new meanings. It’s just slang, but when you’re on the outside looking in, it seems like a whole different ballgame.

Salty (adj): Rude or cheap. Origin: Southern Florida
Tight (adj): Legitimate. Origin: Indiana
Get Hiphy: Let loose and have fun. Origin: Bay Area, Calif.
I’m Going To G This: I’m going to borrow this. Origin: Chicago, Ill.
Stick (v): To engage in sexual intercourse. Origin: Chicago, Ill.
Goober (n): An awkward or creepy person. Origin: Bay Area, Calif.
Let’s Go Slap: To drive with the windows down and the music up. Origin: Northern California
Bookoo (adv): A lot or many. Origin: Southern Florida
Ol’ (adj): Used to emphasize a subject’s significance. That’s a big ol’ house! What a strange ol’ cat! Origin: Colorado
Saucy (adj): Flippant or sexually suggestive. Origin: Southern Florida
Dank (adj): Of superior quality. Origin: Southern Florida
Boss (adj): Outstanding. Origin: Chicago, Ill.