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
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-nighterStudying/working all night.
AdorbsShort for 'adorable'
AwesomeVery good, exciting, enjoyable
Being brokeTo have no money
Being bustedGetting caught
Cheap shot Hitting someone suddenly
CrashAttend a party uninvited
Deep pocketsGood source of money
Diss someoneOffend someone
E - H
Eying someoneStaring at someone
Freaking outBecoming very anxious
FlyVery attractive/looks nice
A GrandA thousand (dollars)
I - L
In the doghouseIn trouble
JointA bar/Marijuana cigarette
M - Q
No way!Definitely not!/Really?
(To be) off the gridDisappear
Oops!Exclaimed after making a mistake
PhotobombA photo ruined by someone in the background
PlayerA man with several girlfriends
Pop quizA surprise examination
PsychoMentally unstable person
Punk (someone)Trick someone
R - T
Ream someone outScold severely
Rip offOvercharge or steal
Scarf downEat voraciously
SelfieA picture of yourself
U - Z
Up for grabsOn sale/available
* Considered derogatory and/or offensive
WussPhysically weak person
A Few American Expressions
"He's driving me up the wall!"
"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."
"Math? It's a piece of cake."
"You'd better watch your back!"
"Be careful!" (used as a threat)
"I agree with what you're saying."
"I'm really into (something) at the moment."
"I'm really interested (in something) at the moment."
"We'll have lots of fun!"