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SoCal Vernacular?
Posted December 15th, 2008 - 11:46 pm by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
Having grown up in the bay, I am really only familiar with my own vernacular--especially having taken a brief sojourn to the East Coast for my BA, where it became apparent to me how differently I spoke. But what about SoCal? I'm probably so familiar with SoCal vernacular I just don't register it. Any terms you guys throw around?

Posted December 16th, 2008 - 12:00 am by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
Helluva instead of hella

Tight for cool (though that may be more widespread now, I'm not sure)

All freeway names are preceded by "the"- ie. Take the 405 to the 5...

Can't think of any others off the top of my head...

Posted December 16th, 2008 - 12:22 am by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
We also got tight up here, right? At least I said it/still say it. Adding the article to highways is definitely a SoCal thing, although I catch myself referring to 405 as THE 405 even though I would never call 580, THE 580.

Posted December 16th, 2008 - 12:26 am by from Santa Barbara, United States (Permalink)
dankass, gonzo, donezo, peace it(leave). I personally dont use any of those, except an occasional dankass, but i hear others say em all the time.

Posted December 16th, 2008 - 12:39 am by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
Whoa. Care to translate? I think the only one I get is dankass, if by that you mean, dank ass, as in "really nice."

Posted December 16th, 2008 - 12:42 am by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
I grew up in So Cal and never heard of any of those... LOL does that mean I'm getting old, that I don't know what the kids are saying these days?

Posted December 16th, 2008 - 12:48 am by from Oakland, United States (Permalink)
You might be old? All the same, there are people here in the bay who may not be acquainted with certain Hyphy terms and trends. Yet, I think most young people are, especially ones who listen to local hip hop.

Posted December 16th, 2008 - 1:01 am by from Santa Barbara, United States (Permalink)
yes that is correct dankass does mean "really nice" but I believe it is usually pronounced as one word.

Donzo or donezo=I'm done(as in finished with some task or done imbibing for the moment)

Gonezo or gonzo= plastered= schwasted= extremely smashed

Peace it=leave, as in "dude this is lame I'm ready to peace it"