Nor-Cal Slang

By Francine Fluetsch on November 12, 2013

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I’ve lived in San Diego my whole life, so when I moved to Santa Cruz for school, I sometimes didn’t understand what people were trying to say to me. The Nor-Cal slang is definitely a language in itself. If you are new to Nor-Cal, this “translator” of sorts should help you begin to understand what the heck people around you are saying. (Keep in mind that depending on which part of Nor-Cal you are in, they may or may not use these terms).

Hella: Okay, I’m sure everyone has heard this one, especially since in So-Cal this word is pretty much “banned.” I said it one time and felt so weird (and yet I kinda liked it … sorry So-Cal). Hella means “a lot,” which works since Nor-Cal people say it allll the time. Hecka pretty much means the same, but hella is more popular.

Wet: This, in Nor-Cal terms, does not mean something sexual, which is what I took it as when my roommate said it for the first time. Wet actually means cool. For example: “That party was hella wet!” (I had to slip hella in there; it just goes with wet I guess).

Slappin’: This is used for music, when you like what is playing. For example: “This beat is slappin’!”

Yack: Yack=puke so watch out! If someone says “yo, imma ’bout to yack,” better stand clear!

Stoges: Stoges are cigarettes. I thought this one was really funny, and definitely like it more than the word cigarette.

Beezy: Beezy is a replacement for the word Bi@#$, (I’m not allowed to cuss on here), but it is saying it in a bit of a nicer way. Example: “Beezy, please”.

Out-Of-Pocket: I’ve heard this one used in different ways, but to my understanding, it can mean lame, or some one who is out of control. Might want to ask someone who is fluent in Nor-Cal slang about this one.

Hella Days: Pretty sure this one is self-explanatory as well, but it basically is an exaggerated lapse of time. “That dude has been in the bathroom for helllaa days.”

Grody: Grody basically means disgusting, so it’s not a word that you want to be associated with. “She is so grody.”

Hyphy: Means to go crazy. For example: “Let’s get hyphy tonight!”

Awkcity: Okay, this one isn’t Nor-Cal, but you guys should say it anyway. It is used for really awkward situations. “Omg, that guy is staring at us…awkcity.”

The list goes on, and as you encounter different people, you will pick up on different slag words. Pretty much the only one you can’t say in So-Cal is “Hella,” but the rest are all fair game. My personal favorite is wet; you get so many awkward glances with that one.

Hi! I'm Francine and I'm a fourth year Creative Writing major at UC Santa Cruz. I am one of the Campus life columnists on Uloop's National Team and also the campus editor for UCSC. I enjoy reading, writing, and taking selfies with my cat.

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