Sunday, October 18, 2009

Slang in My Head

Hey yo! This is the grand master v here, with some more knowledgeable tidbits! I figured, since I tend to talk weird in real life, I would explain just why I talk this way and what I say actually means. This is a small dictionary of what kind of slang I use on a day-to-day basis. Keep in mind that I come from NY, so much of the slang I use will be different from yours unless you also are from NY (SI REPRESENT). *cough**cough* Anyway, enjoy this educational post and maybe you can learn how to talk just like me!

[Note- all references come from urban dictionary so as to give an “official” source for my usage of these words.]


1. Overdose on a drug.

Now, this might seem like a weird to use in a day to day basis, since I know few, if any, people who do drugs. The way I use it, I say things like “The teacher od’ed on the hw”, which would make no sense if that’s all “od” meant. However, if you look down at definition 3:

3. Can be used as meaning of over dosage, usually with drugs. Now though in many urban areas "od" is now a term used when someone does something excessively.

With this new definition, you can see what exactly I mean when I say “the teacher od’d on the hw”. It can be contextual; that is, you can understand what “od” is referring to by the context. Say, you were talking about a guy who makes a lot of jokes. If your friend tells you “This guy made several jokes about white people” and you respond “It was funny, but he od’d”, you are saying that he went excessively on the jokes, not that he overdosed. Basically, “It was funny, but he od’d [on the jokes]”. People who are familiar with its usage usually understand you even if you say “You od” when responding to a comment such as “I hurt myself carrying those boxes”. To help you remember this usage of “od”, think about “over doing” and how “od” is an abbreviation of that. Pronounce it as “oh dee”.

1. Most predominantly used in the greater New York area, "mad" is an appropriate replacement for Northern California's "hella" and Boston's "wicked." In the common vernacular, it translates into "a lot" or "extremely." Can be used almost interchangeably with any of the above listed words.

That about basically sums it up. When someone says “that’s mad pasta” in reference to your enormous serving of baked ziti, they are saying that you have too much pasta on your plate. It is pretty common.

Dead Ass
1. To be completely and honestly serious.
A reply used by people who have been questioned on the truth of their comment.
To be truthful and not lie.
A truncation of the phrase "dead ass serious".

It’s another way to say “I’m serious”. When you say it, you usually are talking about something incredible or unbelievable. For example, if your cousin tells you he hooked up with the best looking girl in school, you would probably tell him to stop lying, in which case he would respond with “I’m dead ass”. It sounds a bit weird, but it seems to be related to “dead serious” in connoting a strong emotion of seriousness. As an aside, my cousins and I at home say “culo muerto” [culo- ass in Spanish, slang; muerto- dead in Spanish], mostly because it’s an inside joke and also because it sounds even more ridiculous, and a bit more vulgar.

1. Language invented by Snoop Dog, used to utterly confuse everybody who isn't an urban black rapper.

It’s either an ending or an insertion in words that make the word sound more “encoded”. If you know pig Latin, you can see the same principle at work here, although the root word is a lot more distinguishable than in pig Latin, so it should not be used as a secret language. For example, usage should be something like “What up, my homizzles [homies]”. If you are talking to people who are new to the usage, it is better to avoid making the word too truncated, although someone who is a frequent user can understand what words like “bizzles [bitches]” and “hizzles [ho’s]”. Not very common nowadays, but I use it because it sounds funny. (Notice my reasoning?)

4. 2.) mad/angry

A niche usage of “tight”. Usually, it refers to either dressing stylish, female genitalia, or being close friends (“I’m looking tight!” “That girl was so tight last night” “Me and my bro are tight”, respectively). I only heard this newer definition recently (in the past 3 years) from my cousins. I personally don’t use it often, if at all, because I tend to make fun of them by referring to the “female genitalia” definition of tight. Which of course, they object to. It’s no wonder why the other definitions on UB are so much higher up, since “tight” is used much more as the aforementioned definitions rather than the “mad” definition.

1. 1)crazy, cool, insane

Mostly everyone should know what this is. It’s pretty common to use “sick” in this way. I doubt I will need to clarify this one much.


No Mames
1. It's a mexican slang that has 3 meanings:

1. it's a vulgar or informal way to say "you're kidding"

2. it's a vulgar way to say "stop messing around"

3. sometimes can be used like saying "no way"

4. or when you're scared or desperate and you suddenly say "no mames" just because nervous or something like that and when you say that word is like saying "damn".

Common among Mexicans (as the definition states). Obviously, I use this among Spanish speaking people, so this type of slang usually waits until I’m at home or on the phone with my cousins. It’s a bit vulgar, and literally, it means “don’t suck”. “Mamar” is used in another expression, such as “mamame [suck me]”, and is usually used for insults.

1. Dude in Spanish. Correct spelling is actually "buey" but sounds like "guey" or "way" so it's just changed a bit. Literally means "ox", and is a negative term like "fool" or "ni**a" but it's used as a term of endearment more like "dude".

Just like how you would use “dude” or “guy”, although since the word is a bit more vulgar, I suggest you don’t use this around parents or other older family members. It can be used either to insult or just to show familiarity.

1. Pendejo is a spanish slang word for idiot, stupid or dumbass.

Straightforward word. Used to insult someone.

Puta Madre
1. The Peruvian style (mostly in the south) of expressing anger or disbelief. Sometimes people just say "puta" - although when you add "madre" after it makes the saying more explicit/severe.

(literally means: mom-whore - - chat abbv.: "pm")

In other words its a spanish version of how english speakers say "Holy Shit"

It is also used among Mexicans. You can use it to denote surprise, anger, a whole variety of emotions. Can be used to insult someone, and it is very effective in this endeavor.

1. In spanish "chinga" is basically like the word fuck. So it can be used chingado or other ways.

Used like the word “fuck”.

1. mexican, and latinoamarican equivalent for cock, the equivalente for penis is pene, verga is much more rude and offensive, verga can be also used as a surprise exclamation generally in a worried manner, verga can also be used to refer to someone that is exceptionally good at something, or used as a nonexistent place where you send somebody kind of like telling someone to go fuck himself or to fuck off

Commonly used. It is a vulgar word that should not be used in the company of older family members. Also has a variety of uses; for example, if you say “Me vale verga”, it literally means “it is worth cock [to me]” but its intended meaning is more akin to “I don’t care”. If you tell someone to “vete a la verga [to go to the cock]”, you’re telling them to “fuck off”.

1. Spanish translation for "ass"

Popular slang for “ass”, and the subject of Pitbull’s song of the same title.

So there you have it, the type of slang I use. I use a bit more Spanish slang because I hang around my cousins and family a bit more than with people in school, not to mention that we’re not accustomed to using slang that suburban people. Anyway, I enjoy using it because it sounds funny and it gives a different twist to my vocabulary, although I do realize that slang isn’t for everyone nor that it should be used in every situation; indeed, slang should only really be used when among close friends, and even then, to those who don’t mind vulgarity or such things. However, this guide is here to show the meanings of some of the words that I use in the hopes that you can get to know me a bit better to see where I’m coming from. So if I say something like “That’s od, she mad tight son”, you will know it means “You went overboard with the commentary, now she is fairly angry at you”, or “No mames, guey, I’m dead ass”, you will know that that is “No way dude, I’m completely serious” So for now, live, learn, love, and take care for next time!

1 comment:

  1. thanks for this article, there is a lot of important information to know! has some facts about Mexican slang you should know!