Slang from around the world you need to know in 2017

If you’re traveling and want to really get to know the locals, you better talk the talk. Learning some local slang can give you major points during conversations, and teach you a lot about the local culture. Our local cousins, from Singapore to New York, share some of the hottest slang words & phrases in their cities – all that’s left for you to do is to take notes.


OKLM (au calme) = to be calm / peaceful.Expression coming from children using text messaging and using letters only instead of words. I already feel so old!

être au BDR (être au bout du rouleau) = being at the end of the rollet. Same as previously, using letters instead of words. Meaning – I gave all i can, I’m over it, tired, dead.

Bordel = mess. My favorite one, always efficient.

Vénère (ennerver) = mad. But tricky way to use it: “cette chanson est vénère” = this song is madly cool.

Déclassé = downgraded. A cool word meaning this thing is SUPER COOL. On the top of the top. I oftenly use it!

Déso pas déso = i would like to tell you i’m sorry but in fact i’m not! Kids expression to make laugh of someone.

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Mec = local slang for dude

Meuf = local slang for girl

Chelou = it’s the reverse word for “louche” which means something is suspect, suspicious

Wesh = this word is a really typical word in urban culture but now it goes beyond it. It originally came from local arabic slang (algerian and moroccan) and it has different meanings, depending on the context. It can means “hey, hi, yooo” or it can mean like “dude what the fuck?”. Actually, depending on what you wanna say, you can add “wesh” at the beginning or at the end of your sentence and it will have the meaning/feeling you wanna show.

Blé = literally, it means wheat. In slang, it means money. Having “blé” means having money. Not in the wealthy meaning but you can just say “oh yes I have “blé ” or “shit I don’t have “blé” anymore this month”.

Another slang word for money, commonly used, is “fric”.

Clope = local slang for cigarette.

Bof = local slang for “meh”

Beuh = one of the many local slang meaning weed 😉

Chanmé = literally, it’s the reverse word of “méchant” which means “bad”. But it is commonly used to say something is wicked but in the positive way. Like “damn this show was wicked” or like when you say “something is the shit” but in a positive way. Example: “that show was dope” = dope means chanmé.

Mytho = meaning someone is lying. You can also use it in a way like when you don’t believe what someone is telling you because it’s so incredible. Like “whaaaat you saw him ? No way, you are a “mytho” I can not believe you”

Avoir le seum = it means “to be pissed”.

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New York

Deadass = expressing certainty; seriously

Facts = expressing certainty

Trash = expresses extremedispleasure

Bodega = deli/corner store

Bet =okay

Dirty water dog = cart hot dog

Spazz out/buggin = act crazy or erratically

Whip = Car

Brick = very cold, i.e. its brick out here

Tight = to be upset

Son/Kid = a good friend; or a diminutive term depending on context

What’s Good = a common greeting; what’s up

Wavy = Good or cool

Pie = pizza

Grill = to stare i.e. why you all in my grill

Hunnid = A mispronunciation of one hundred, mean authenticity genuine, i.e. I keep it a hunnid

Thirsty = acting in a desperate way

Rachet = an uncouth attitude; used to refer to women who are ‘ghetto

Thot = acronym ‘That Hoe Over There’; usually rachet and or sexually promiscuous; mostly used to refer to women, but sometimes men.

Fuck Boy = An disloyal, cheating man; an untrustworthy man

Loosie/Lucy = a single cigarette, sold from a pack; usually illegal

The bag = Money; income; earnings i.e. ‘secure the bag’ make your money (money is also skriila, dough, bread, cheddar, cheese, paper, schmoney etc;)

Top/Neck/Head = fellatio (oral sex) on a guy; i.e. gimmie top

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peak = bad luck, or when things go bad, “peak times”

peng = great, (the best) – or, more recently –

chirpse = to flirt…but maybe in a nicer way?

bait = so obvious (didn’t you know?)

ends = home, neighbourhood, area

garms – clothes, famously from the ‘wavy garms’ FB group.

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“Hej! Hejsan! Tja! Tjenare! Hallå!” = There are various ways to greet someone in Swedish. It all comes down to how formal you want to be and which part of Sweden you originate from. If you want to be bad-ass you can always you them all in one go, you know, you only live once.

“Lagom” (LAH-GOM) = there is no English quivalent, but it means “just the right amount/just enough”. It is even a way of being – not too much or too little of anything, just right.

“Fika” (FEE-KAH) = the holy word for the Swedish people, meaning a coffee and cake break. You can do it anywhere, at any time, with anyone. We are obsessed with coffee so it’s only natural we have a term for the act.

“Ursäkta” (UR-SHEK-TAH) = A very useful word, translating to “sorry” or “excuse me”. This is THE word you need every time you are running late to the metro, need to bypass overly crowded sidewalks, gain the attention of your waiter etc.

Some phrases:

“Nära skjuter ingen hare” = This phrase basically translates “close shoots no hare” – a Swedish version of “close, but no cigar”.

“Släng dig I väggen” = Translates to “throw yourself into the wall”, perfect for when you want to tell someone to “take a hike” or want to react to something that has happened/has been said.

“Ända in i kaklet” = Translates to “all the way into the tile” (Weird? Yeah..). Basically, used when a Swede means “to the last drop” or “all the way”. Perfect for describing an epic night – we are going to party all the way into the tile!

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Craic = “What’s the craic?”, “Any craic?”, “The craic is 90”

Story = “What’s the story with ya?”

Grand =”Don’t worry. You’re grand”

Thanks a million = Self explanatory

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Snog = kissing

Craic = a good time/fun (Me and the boys are heading out for a craic)

Shebang = entirety, the whole thing (I mean the habit, the crucifix, and the whole shebang)

Racked = tired (I’m too racked to think about it)

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“Sure look it” – sort of used in situations where you’re not sure what to say (“What do you think of the government right now?” “Ah, sure look it”)

“The jacks” – the restrooms. Usually used by guys

“You know yourself” – typically used at the end of a sentence (“I was wrecked after the weekend, ah sure you know yourself”)

“Suckin’ diesel” – this is a very countryside thing to say in Ireland and literally means things are going well.

“Gas” – Funny, hilarious (“He’s a gas man altogether” or “That’s gas”)

“Eejit” – Idiot

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Ya Bleedin Spanner = You aren’t the smartest chap

Ya bleedin Dope = You aren’t the most clever person I know

I was scarlet = I am rather embarrassed

I’m marvin = I’m hungry

Bag of cans = a bag of alcohol

Yer a Ride = You are rather attractive

Jaysus = Oh No

What’s the story = How are you

Locked/Gee Eyed/Hammered/Plastered = Drunk

Mad Scone = Someone a little crazy

Bang on = Thats correct

Bogger/Culchie – someone not from Dublin

Gaff = house

Gobshite = fool

Jo Maxi= Taxi

Go on the lash = have a few drinks

Its lashing = Its raining

Yoke = everything, if you can’t find the word for something it’s a yoke

Slan (pronounced Slawn) = Bye

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Partiu = something like “let’s go”

Já é = yes, done, got it

Bombar (bombou) = it will be great (it was great), success

Crowdeado = from English, crowded

Caô = not true, lie, it can be used like “really?!”

Tipo = literal translation is “like”, but it means nothing, just something we say in the middle of sentences

Bolado = worried, confused, upset

Sinistro = can mean something good, something amazing, something scary, bizarre

Demorou = Sure, let’s go

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There’s a ton of literature available on “Singlish” (Singapore English) – it’s a mashup of several languages that were spoken in Singapore and combined in various ways – you can get a lot of information about that from a Google search. It’s far too much for me to cover quickly. However, I think what might be fun and useful for visitors is the different ways to order Tea or Coffee at a Singaporean Hawker Centre/Coffeeshop:

Here are some basics:

Teh: Tea, usually with condensed milk and sugar

Kopi: Coffee, usually with condensed milk and sugar

Teh-O/Kopi-O: As above, but without the condensed milk

Teh-C/Kopi-C: As above, but with evaporated milk instead of condensed milk

Teh Kosong/Kopi Kosong: Plain tea/plain coffee with no milk or sugar

Adding the word “peng” to any of the above turns it into an iced beverage -e.g., “Teh-C Peng” would be an iced tea with evaporated milk and sugar.

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Washington DC

Hilltern = The rush of summer interns that come from all over to intern on Capitol Hill.

YoPro = young professional, the type that attends a different networking event every night of the week for the free food and drinks.

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Sao Paulo

Mano, Mina= Dude, Sis

Cara = Dude

Lacrar = win an argument (LGBT community uses a lot)

Coxinha = rich guy (famous brazilian food but recently used to say a rich guy who is kinda bitchy, mostly used to antagonize a person, and used by leftists)

Mortadela = (bologna food, but used by the rightists to antagonize leftists)

da hora = cool

Truta = buddy

Balada = nightclub

se pá = maybe

Miou = plan failed

tá me tirando = are fucking with me?

Padoca = bakery

Breja = beer

Suave = chilled out

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Y’all =You all. Very standard texas slang Fixin to = about to. “What are you fixin to do?”

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