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List of Common American Slang Terms and Phrases

Well, 'selfie' has indeed made it to the hallowed pages of the Oxford Dictionary, which is a definite indication of the changing times. Buzzle brings you a definitive list of American slang terms and phrases, all for your amusement and pleasure.
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Common American slang term and meaning
Behold some really 'rad' vintage American slang ...
1. Swell (excellent)
2. Scram (get out)
3. Neat (cool)
4. Cool (awesome)
5. Funky (stylish)

Purists may squirm as much as they want to, but there's no denying the fact that the informal tongue has indeed taken over our lives in ways that were imperceptible, until now. Everywhere you look, you're bound to find people instagramming one selfie after another, YOLO-ing like there's no tomorrow.

While every region's idiosyncrasies do have a bearing upon the local slang spoken there, we've got to admit that no one can channel the informal tongue as well as the Americans do. Which is precisely why we've brought you the very best of American slang―read and learn.

List of American Slang Words and Phrases
A - D

All-nighter
Studying/working all night.
Adorbs
Short for 'adorable'
Awesome
Very good, exciting, enjoyable
Blow
To fail at something
Booty
Rear/butt
Benjamins
USD 100 bills
Being broke
To have no money
Being busted
Getting caught
Cheap shot
Hitting someone suddenly
Chick*
Girl/woman
Cold fish
Dull
Crash
Attend a party uninvited
Cut a rug
To dance
Dead
Empty/quiet
Deep pockets
Good source of money
Diss someone
Offend someone
Do a snow job on
Deceive
Dough
Money
Dork
Strange person
Dope
Marijuana
Drag
Very boring
Dynamite
Powerful

E - H

Easy mark
Likely victim
Eating away at
Bothering
Eying someone
Staring at someone
Far out
Excellent
Flaky
Unreliable
Flip out
Lose control
Freaking out
Becoming very anxious
Fly
Very attractive/looks nice
Glitch
Hindrance, defect
Greens
Money
Goofy
Silly, stupid
A Grand
A thousand (dollars)
Grass
Marijuana
Groovy
Pleasant
Gross
Filthy
Grub
Food
Grungy
Dirty
Guts
Courage
Hardware
Weapons
Hick*
Rural person
High
Intoxicated
Hang ups
Inhibitions

I - L

In the bag
Settled
In the doghouse
In trouble
In
Trendy
Jerk*
Idiot
Jock
Athlete
John
Bathroom
Joint
A bar/Marijuana cigarette
Junkie
Drug addict
Klutz
Clumsy person
Knocked up
Pregnant
Knockout
Gorgeous person
Legit
Legitimate
Loser
Useless person
Loosen up
Relax

M - Q

Maxed out
Exhausted
Megabucks
Lots of money
Mooch off
Steal something
Nerd
Socially inept
No way!
Definitely not!/Really?
(To be) off the grid
Disappear
Oops!
Exclaimed after making a mistake
Photobomb
A photo ruined by someone in the background
Pig out
Overeat
Psyched
Enthusiastic
Player
A man with several girlfriends
Pop quiz
A surprise examination
Psycho
Mentally unstable person
Punk (someone)
Trick someone
Pop/Soda
Carbonated beverage
Quarterback
Lead

R - T

Ream someone out
Scold severely
Riot
Funny
Rip off
Overcharge or steal
Ride
Car/Taxi
Rinky-dink
Inferior
Rug rats
Children
Rocks
Ice cubes
Scarf down
Eat voraciously
Schmuck
Stupid person
Selfie
A picture of yourself
Slammer
Prison
Shot down
Disagreed with
Square
Old-fashioned
Sucker
Be fooled
Tacky
In poor taste
Trash (something)
Destroy/spoil

U - Z

Uptight
Tense
Up for grabs
On sale/available
Veg out
Relax/do nothing
Whacko
Weird person
(Set of) Wheels
Car
Wuss
Physically weak person
Yuck
Disgusting
YOLO
You only live once
Zonked
Exhausted
Zip
Nothing
* Considered derogatory and/or offensive

A Few American Expressions

"I'm feeling blue."
"I'm feeling sad."
"He's driving me up the wall!"
"He is irritating me."
"She's been getting under my skin lately."
"She's been bothering me lately."
"You wanna hang out sometime?"
"You want to meet up socially?"
"I'll be there in no time."
"I'll be there soon."
"Math? It's a piece of cake."
"I find math very easy."
"It just hit the spot."
"It was very good."
"You'd better watch your back!"
"Be careful!" (used as a threat)
"What's up?"
"How are you?"
"You bet!"
"Of course!"
"Tell me about it!"
"I agree with what you're saying."
"Way to go!"
"That's very good!"
"Go take a hike!"
"Just leave me alone."
"I'm really into (something) at the moment."
"I'm really interested (in something) at the moment."
"Gimme a break"
"I don't believe it!"
"Cut it out!"
"Stop doing that!"
"We'll have a blast!"
"We'll have lots of fun!"
"Suck it up."
"Bear with it."
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Published: May 6, 2014
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Turns out the "NEAT NEAT NEAT!"( - Tuco from Breaking Bad ) wasn't for "clean/pure" ?!
Very good stuff for English learners!
THX
- Fang [May 7, 2014]
Thanks ;-) - Renuka [May 6, 2014]
"Way to go!" Excellent article, Renuka! - Sheetal [May 6, 2014]