AMERICAN SLANG

AMERICAN SLANG

INTRODUCTION
Welcome to our American slang page! American slang is different from British slang because of the evolution of American English. When the pioneers living in the new world had children, they taught their children to pronounce words the way they were written, in order to keep things simple. This was the first break from British English. As the nation grew, so did its own casual variety of the English language, which was influenced by cowboys, sports, the building of the railroad, the card game of poker, African-American culture, immigrants, natives, etc. Of all the vernacular, slang is the most spectacular. Slang swings. Slang moves and grooves. Slang rocks, slang rules.

IMPORTANT: Proceed with caution! Since slang is a kind of language occurring chiefly in casual and playful speech, some words or phrases mentioned below are either offensive or might have offensive meanings.

ace: very good.
He's an ace reporter.

airhead: stupid person.
"Believe it or not, Andrei can sometimes act like an airhead!"

amigo: friend (from Spanish).
"I met many amigos in Andrei's TOEFL Preparation Class."

ammunition: toilet paper.
"Help! We're completely out of ammunition!"

antifreeze: alcohol.
"I'm going to need a lot of antifreeze tonight!"

armpit: dirty, unappealing place.
"This cheap motel is an absolute armpit!"

ass [offensive]: an unworthy and hated person.
"I cannot be friends when you act like an ass."

awesome: great and impressive.
"Andrei's teaching is truly awesome!"

baby boomer: a person born from the end of the Second World War until the early 1960s.
"Sting was born in 1950, so he's considered a baby boomer."

bang: a very powerful thing.
"Disneyland is really a bang!"

barf: vomit.
"My dog barfed all over the carpet."

bazillion: an infinite number of something.
"Has Andrei really taught a bazillion students?"

B-ball: basketball.
"Do you wanna play b-ball with me?"

beans: money.
"I've worked for this company for ten years, but I still don't have beans."

beat: tired.
"I'm really beat because I was awake all night."

beemer: a BMW.
"He wants to buy a beemer when he makes more money."

biggie: something important.
"I was hoping to get my homework completed, but it's no biggie."

biker: a motorcycle rider.
"Andrei used to be a biker until he got into a serious motorcycle accident."

bod: body.
"Stalone has a great bod!"

bonkers; go bonkers: crazy.
"If Andrei works too hard, he sometimes goes slightly bonkers!"

booboo: a stupid mistake, a blunder.
"I made a booboo on the last question of the exam."

boob tube: television.
"Andrei is always in front of the boob tube."

booze: alcohol.
"The party was fun, even though there wasn't much booze."

boss: excellent; great.
"Andrei's school is totally boss!"

bread: money.
"Can I borrow some bread?"

brew (1): coffee.
"Every morning Andrei needs a fresh cup of brew."

brew (2): beer.
"Do you want another brew, dude?"

B.S.: bullshit; lies.
"I'm tired of listening to his B.S."

bull: bullshit; lie.
"That's a bunch of bull!"

bullshit [offensive]: lie; dishonesty.
"I don't like people that bullshit me"

buns [possibly offensive]: the rear end; buttocks.
"Don't stare at my buns!"

bushed: extremely tired.
"I'm completely bushed."

butt: the buttocks.
"Stop sitting on your butt and help me wash the dishes!"

catch some rays: get some sunshine.
"Let's go to the beach and catch some rays."

cheesy: cheap; outmoded.
"Why are you wearing such cheesy clothes?"

chicken: coward.
"Don't be such a chicken!"

cool: excellent; superb.
"Andrei's classes are totally cool!"

cooler, the: jail.
"If you drink and drive, you'll end up spending time in the cooler."

couch potato: a person who watches too much television.
"Why did I have to marry such a couch potato?"

crap [offensive] (1): something worthless.
"My furniture is a bunch of cheap crap."

crap [offensive] (2): falsehoods and lies.
"I've had enough of your crap."

deck: to hit someone.
"His wife almost decked him when he returned home with lipstick on his shirt."

dicey: unpredictable; risky.
"Gambling is a dicey occupation."

dinero: money (from Spanish).
"I wish I had more dinero!"

dirt: extremely bad person.
"My ex-girlfriend was dirt."

dirty: offensive; pornographic.
"Stop looking at the pictures in that dirty magazine!"

dorky: strange; peculiar.
"If you keep acting so dorky, you'll never get a girlfriend!"

dude: a male.
"That's really cool, dude!"

dynamite: powerful; excellent.
"Andrei gave a dynamite presentation."

dinosaur: something old fashioned or out of date.
"I'd love to surf the Net, but unfortunately my computer is a dinosaur."

el cheapo: something cheap.
"Since I don't make much money, I always purchase the el cheapo brand."

evil: great; excellent.
"Your car is really evil!"

eyeball: to stare long and hard at someone or something.
"Andrei eyeballed his new girlfriend's father."

eyepopper: something or someone visibly astounding.
"Wow, that girl is truly an eyepopper!"

fab: fabulous.
"Andrei's website is really fab!"

face-off: confrontation.
"I think it's time we had a face-off."

fender-bender: small accident.
"This morning I had a fender-bender on Miron Costin Street."

flaky: unpredictable.
"I waited four hours for my flaky friend to show up."

flashback: sudden memory.
"In Andy's Pizza I had a flashback to my days living in the U.S."

flick: movie.
"Let's go out tonight and watch a flick."

fox: attractive, alluring person.
"Is it true that Andrei is a fox?"

freebie: something that does not cost money.
"My trip to New York was a freebie."

geek (adj. - geeky): someone who works too hard, is more intelligent than usual, and is slightly boring and old-fashioned.
"Bill Gates is kinda geeky."

get it: to understand something.
"Sorry, but I just don't get it."

glitch: flaw.
"There must be a glitch in this software."

go bananas: go slightly mad.
"This project is causing me to go bananas!"

gomer: a dumb person.
"Stop acting like a gomer!"

goof (1): a silly and foolish person.
"What a goof you are!"

goof (2): make a mistake.
I really goofed on the test today."

goof off (1): waste time.
"Stop goofing off and help me clean the house!"

goof-off (2): someone who wastes time and isn't serious.
"A goof-off never does well in school"

goof up: make a mistake.
"Oh no! I really goofed up!"

goofy: silly.
"Kids always make me feel goofy!"

grabbers: hands.
"Have you washed your grabbers, Sam?"

grand: one thousand dollars.
"He's making over a hundred grand a year!"

grass: marijuana.
"Have you ever smoked grass?"

grub: food.
"Where's the grub?!"

grubby: not clean.
"I always feel grubby in the morning."

grungy: unclean and stinky.
"Grungy people are not allowed in Andrei's school!"

gut: a person's stomach; belly.
"Denis is getting a big gut because he loves chocolate ice cream and beer!"

guts (1): courage.
"It took a lot of guts to ask his boss for a raise."

guts (2): the nature of something, the most important part of sth.
"Let's get to the guts of the problem!"

hairy: difficult; dangerous.
"The steep and windy road was really hairy."

hang a left: make a left turn.
"Hang a left at the next corner."

hang a right: make a right turn.
"Hang a right at the next corner."

head: toilet.
"I really need to use the head!"

hep: sensible; informed.
"She's a really hep student."

hickey: a love bite on the skin.
"Wow! Is that a hickey on your neck?"

hip: sensible; informed.
"He really tries hard to be hip."

hooker [possibly offensive]: prostitute.
"You'll find a lot of hookers in the red light district."

horny [possibly offensive]: sexually stimulated; in the mood for sex.
"Red wine seems to make my girlfriend horny. "

hot (1): popular.
"Brad Pitt is really hot now."

hot (2): sexy.
"Wow! Cindy Crawford is really hot!"

humungous: really big.
"American supermarkets are humungous."

hungries, to have: be hungry.
"I don't know about you, but I've got the hungries."

hyper: overly excited.
"Children often get hyper when they are tired."

icky: unpleasant.
"The food is really icky in the school cafeteria."

I.D.: identification.
"If you want to order a beer, you'll need your I.D."

I'm outta here: I'm leaving; I'm departing.
"Sorry, but I'm outta here, dude."

ivories: teeth.
"Tom Cruise has really beautiful ivories."

jack around [possibly offensive]: waste time.
"Will you please stop jacking around?"

jam, in a : trouble.
"If you're in a jam, I promise to help you."

jamming, to be: going well.
"Andrei's classes are really jamming!"

jerk: stupid or annoying person.
"How could you go out with such a jerk?"

jillion: an immense number.
"Do you really have a jillion problems?"

jock: someone good at sports.
"I've never been much of a jock."

john: toilet.
"Where's the john?"

K (k): a thousand.
"I could retire with 100 K (k)!"

kick back: relax and enjoy.
"I wish I could kick back at the beach today."

kick off: die.
"My dog finally kicked off."

killer: something that is very difficult:
"The exam was a real killer!"

knock: condemn.
"Don't knock it unless you've tried it."

knockout: beautiful woman; handsome man.
"Jodie Foster is a knockout!"

kook: peculiar person.
"Stop acting like a kook!"

laid back: relaxed; calm.
"I always feel laid back at the beach."

lame: incompetent.
"Chad is really lame when is comes to fixing his car."

lip: cheeky talk.
"My students are always giving me lip!"

loser: a bungling and worthless person.
"Why are you dating such a loser?"

luck out: to be lucky or fortunate.
"You really luck out by attending Andrei's TOEFL Preparation course!"

make waves: cause problems.
"Teachers don't like students to make waves."

max, to the : maximum.
"I'm happy to the max."

mega: big.
"American restaurants serve mega portions of food."

megabucks: a large amount of money.
"It takes megabucks to live in Moldova."

mellow: relaxed.
"I'm feeling very mellow this evening."

mickey-mouse: unimportant; time-wasting.
"Jane is sick of her mickey-mouse job."

monkey bite: a kiss that leaves a mark on the skin.
"I don't want any monkey bites tonight, okay?"

munch out: to eat voraciously.
"Let's munch out on a large pizza!"

nada: nothing (from Spanish).
"I know nada about politics."

neat: cool; great.
"Isn't my new car neat?"

noid: someone that's paranoid.
"Why are you so noid?"

nuke (1): nuclear weapon.
"This world had too many nukes."

nuke (2): destroy; delete.
"Sorry, but I accidentally nuked your e-mail message."

nuke (3): cook something in the microwave oven.
"Can you nuke this frozen pizza for me?"

nut (1): odd or crazy person.
"Why are you always acting like a nut?"

nut (2): someone passionate about something.
"I'm a nut about computers."

okay: decent.
"My boss is an okay person."

OK: decent.
"Andrei is an okay person."

pad: someone's home.
"Can I sleep at your pad tonight?"

party: celebrate.
"Let's party tonight!"

party animal: someone that loves parties.
"Andrei has been known to sometimes be a party animal."

paws: hands.
"Get your paws off me!"

peanuts: very little money.
"I love my job, but the pay is peanuts."

pee (take a leak): to urinate.
"I always have to pee after drinking beer."

pickled: drunk.
"He got pickled on vodka."

pig out: eat too much.
"Andrei is famous for pigging out on Roshen candies."

piss: to urinate.
"My dog pissed on me!"

pissed (off): angry; upset.
"I'm really pissed (off) at you."

plastered: drunk.
"Why does he always get plastered?"

poop, the (1): knowledge; information.
"What's the poop on Michael Jackson?"

poop out: get tired and quit.
"I got pooped out after spending eight hours at Disneyland."

pot (1): toilet.
"Who's on the pot?"

pot (2): marijuana.
"It's easy to buy pot in the big city."

pro: someone who's good at something; professional.
"She's really a pro at golf."

psycho: crazy person.
"Stay away from that psycho!"

puke: vomit.
"Alcohol makes some people puke."

pumped (up): excited, filled with enthusiasm, strength and energy.
"I'm really pumped (up) about Andrei's TOEFL Preparation course!"

puss: the face.
"My girlfriend slapped me right on the puss."

quarterback: leader, director, organizer.
"Andrei is the quarterback of Terra Nova."

quick and dirty: done fast, but not well.
"The mechanic did a quick and dirty repair on my car."

racket (1): noise.
"Small kids can make a lot of racket."

racket (2): something that's dishonest or deceptive.
"The Tobacco Industry is quite a racket."

racket (3): an occupation.
"Andrei's been in the ESL racket for 19 years."

rank: give someone a difficult time.
"She's always ranking her teacher."

rat: a despicable person.
"I thought I loved you, but now I know you're really a rat."

razz: annoy someone.
"Will you please stop razzing me?"

rear (end): buttocks.
"Andrei fell on his rear (end)."

riot, a : something or someone very funny.
"Jim Carrey is a riot!"

rip off (1): stealing.
"Someone ripped off my car."

rip off (2): fraud.
"I paid $1,000 for my computer. What a rip off!"

rocking: great; excellent.
"Andrei's Advanced Conversation Class is really rocking!"

rubbish: nonsense; not true.
"That rumor is a bunch of rubbish."

runs, the: diarrhea.
"Oh no! I've got the runs!"

scarf: to eat.
"I can easily scarf an entire banana split."

screw up: to make a mistake.
"I screwed up on the driving test, so I didn't pass."

screw-up: a person who makes a mistake.
"Why are you such a screw-up?"

scum: a despicable individual.
"Don't hang around with that kind of scum."

shades: sunglasses.
"Those are really cool shades!"

shoot some hoops: play basketball.
"Let's shoot some hoops!"

silks: clothing.
"Those are really awesome silks!"

smarts: intelligence.
"It takes a lot of smarts to become a doctor."

smurfbrain: a dumb or stupid person.
"Stop acting like a smurfbrain!"

snooker: cheat, fool, dupe, deceive, trap.
"She snookered him into handing over all his savings."

sofa spud: a person who watches too much television.
"I'm usually a sofa spud on Sunday."

solid (1): really good; cool.
"Andrei's school is totally solid!"

solid (2): consecutive.
"It's been raining for seven solid days."

specs: eyeglasses.
"I didn't know that you wore specs."

split: to leave.
"Let's split from here now."

spunk: spirit.
"She might be small, but she's got a lot of spunk."

stoned (out): drunk from drugs or alcohol.
"I'm really stoned (out), dude!"

street smart: knowledgeable about city life.
"Although Andrei is an English teacher, he's very street smart."

suck: to be bad and unacceptable.
"That song really sucks!"

threads: clothing.
"My girlfriend spend $200 on new threads every month."

ticker (1): the heart.
"My grandfather has a bad ticker."

ticker (2): a watch.
"Wow! That's a really cool ticker!"

tints: sunglasses.
"You have to wear tints in California."

totally: really; completely.
"That's totally awesome, dude!"

turkey (1): failure; flop.
"Thank goodness that Andrei's school is not a turkey!"

turkey (2): dumb person.
"Turkeys are not allowed to work for this company."

turn-off: something that repulses a person.
"Bad breath is a real turn-off."

umpteen: many; countless.
"I've asked you umpteen times to show me the money!"

unlax: relax.
"Andrei definitely needs to unlax."

upchuck: vomit.
"She got sick and upchucked three times."

uptight: nervous; anxious.
"Why are you so uptight?"

vanilla (1): plain.
"She drives a vanilla car."

vanilla (2): Caucasian / white.
"The Midwest is too vanilla for me."

wad: roll of money.
"It's dangerous to carry a big wad in your pocket."

wasted: killed.
"A lot of people get wasted on the streets of New York."

wheels: car; motorcycle.
"If you want to live in Los Angeles, you've got to get some wheels"

whitebread: plain; boring.
"Andrei's classes are definitely not whitebread!"

whiz (1): someone who shows a special talent for something.
"Einstein was a whiz in physics."

whiz [offensive] (2): to urinate.
"I really have to take a whiz."

wimpy: weak.
"Don't be so wimpy!"

winks, get some: sleep.
"I really need to get some winks"

wrongo: wrong.
"That is totally wrongo!"

yank (1): bother; harass.
"Stop yanking me, okay?"

Yank (2): a Yankee; an American.
"Andrei is not a Yank."

zero: an unimportant person.
"If you don't work hard, you'll end up a zero."

zip (1): nothing.
"I don't know zip about you."

zip (2): energy; vigor.
"I need something that will give me more zip. "

zit: pimple; acne.
"Teens often have a lot of zits."