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10 California Slang Words You Need to Know

March 9, 2018
10 California Slang Words You Need to Know

Californians have their own vocabulary: do you know these California slang words? Learn them to speak like a local!

Here are the 10 California slang words we will learn. How many of them have you heard used by your California friends?

  • Bail
  • Ballin’
  • (To) bum
  • Clutch
  • Heads
  • Post up
  • Sketch(y)
  • Trip (out)
  • Rock (something)
  • Word.

10 California Slang Words You Need to Know

10 California Slang Words You Need to Know

Bail

Definition: To leave a place.

Example: We are going to bail in about 10 minutes.

Ballin’

Definition: To be successful.

Example: My friend from high school invented an app. Now, he’s ballin’.

10 California Slang Words You Need to Know

If you’re “ballin,” then you can go shopping on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles!

(To) bum

Definition: To take something from someone (usually without a plan to return it).

Example: Can I bum $10?

Clutch

Definition: To provide something at the perfect moment.

Example: Thank you for picking us up from the party when it was raining. That was clutch.

10 California Slang Words You Need to Know

“He loaned me his skateboard when mine broke. That was clutch.”

Heads

Definition: People.

Example: How many heads are coming to your party?

10 California Slang Words You Need to Know

“There were a lot of heads at the concert.”

Post up

Definition: Wait somewhere; hang out.

Example: I’ll post up here until you get back.

Sketch(y)

Definition: Something that seems dishonest or untrue.

Example: I’m not sure about this agreement with the credit card company. It seems a little sketchy.

10 California Slang Words You Need to Know

There’s nothing “sketchy” about OC beaches!

Trip (out)

Definition: To be really confused. (This was originally to describe people on drugs; today, it’s for general confusion.)

Example: I was tripping out when I saw it was raining on one side of our building but sunny on the other. The weather was so strange!

Rock (something)

Definition: To wear something and look good in it.

Example: You’re the only person I know who can rock cowboy boots.

10 California Slang Words You Need to Know

Do you know anyone who rocks cowboy boots?

Word.

Definition: An expression meaning “I agree.”

Example:

“This sushi is so good.”

“Word.”

10 California Slang Words You Need to Know

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