Zambian or Zed slang.
Note: Folks come up with phrases/words from their own tribe(s), or some local artists do the same and use these words in their work, then it catches on spreading, used by many fans/people across the nation.
A. blazing, blazed~
drunk/high (on drugs).
Older man, father.
e.g. how’s your Bali doin’?
• When are we goin’ to chow?!
a slang term/word for, mi home country Zambia.
yeah, we use the word Colgate for ANY toothpaste. Doesn’t matter what brand. Lol.
Nifuna ka dyonko. ( I want a sample/taste).
(Be) fast, hurry.
let’s go, be fast/hurry.
nice, good, great.
Musa: how are you feeling?
Henry: I’m feeling laka!
How is our Queen doing?
What, no Southerners? Well, allow me to present some good ole’ Southern North Carolina colloquialisms.
1- Bless your heart / Ain’t you precious - The polite southern way of saying you try real hard, but you just aren’t the brightest bulb in the box. Or in some cases, you’re just dumb.
2- Britches - Pants
3- Clod-hoppers - Big, clunky, over-sized shoes
4- Colder than a witch’s titty in a brass bra in the middle of January - It’s hell-a cold outside.
5- Slower than mollasses running uphill on a cold day - If you got any slower we’d need to check your pulse to make sure you’re still alive.
6- Fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down (aka - hit with an ugly stick) - You’re just not very attractive
7- lick - A measurement, as in “I was so tired that I didn’t get a lick of work done today”
Or as in an ass-whooping - “My dad gave me a good lickin when I got suspended from school.”
8- poop or get off the pot - Make a choice or get out of the way.
9- Skedaddle - Depart in a hurry.
10- To’ up from the flo’ up - Again, another off-hand way of saying you’re not so pretty. Seems the south has a lot of ways to tell you that you’re ugly.
11- Figure - An unexpected outcome... “He hadn’t figured he’d win the pig wrestling contest at the fair.”
12- Fixin - Getting ready to do something “I was fixin to get ready to go.” Translated literally to, “I was getting ready to get ready to go.”
13- Goober - Double meanings - meaning #1- A peanut. Meaning #2 - A peanut-head/pea-brained/lacking common sense - “I saw that goober tryin to fish in his swimming pool.”
14- Hankering - A strong desire to do or have something. “I got a hankering for a tomato and mayo sandwhich.”
15- Like to - No, it doesn’t mean you’d like to meet Kim Khardasian (bleah). Like to translates to, “I like to have crapped my pants when I saw that bear in the woods.”
16- Purdy - Pretty, as in “You sure do got a purdy mouth” (quote from the movie Deliverance)
17- The South (aka The Southern States) - The states of West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, North & South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Sorry, Florida, no offense, but where I’m from Florida is a state that happens to be in the south where rich yanks go to retire.
18- Yanks - Anyone originally from north of Kentucky and West Virginia, to include parts west to Ohio and Michigan.
19- Reckon - To make an assumption. “Well, I reckon I’ve written enough of these now.”
20- Piddlin - To waste time. “Stop piddlin around reading this and go to work already.”
Middle School Slang (In America)
To me, oof is like saying darn, or to bad. Kids these days tend to say oof all the time. Like if somebody has the slightest inconvenience everybody’s like oof. Like today my shoe was untied and I was like “I need to tie my shoe” and my friend was like “oof.” So yeah, it’s just a word people are obsessed with saying. (P.S sorry in advance for the bad grammar I’m super tired)
Okay so I’m pretty sure “yeet” is like throw. I think it originated from an old vine (if u don’t know what that is then too bad) and now middle school students just say yeet normally. For example, “I’m gonna yeet my textbook across the room.” (Which I’m not crazy this actually happened in science today. I think I’m the only sane kid in my school left :)
Oh my godness
This is like omg or oh my goodness but it’s just like a mashup of god and goodness to get godness. So yeah that’s all.
This one is kind of annoying to me. So tweens/teens in my school will say wow but they will make a sort of Eee sound so it’s like weeow. I don’t know how to sleep that. Sorry I mean spell. (I’m supposed to be asleep btw) They will also say it kind of squeaky or whiny-ish. It’s really annoying but people do it so...
Spill the tea (sis)
This one is more commonly said, and it’s a newer thing I guess. Basically tea is like gossip, news, secrets, personal stories or like “the scoop.” So when people say spill the tea there like indicating for the person to like talk about their news or secret whatever. Then sometimes girls will say “spill the tea sis.”
That’s all for tonight. Adios amigos!
Some D’s from Down-Under
Dodgy: Sketchy, fishy. Poor quality. Not credible.
Example: “Does this meat pie taste a little dodgy to you?”
Daggy: Frumpy, ragged, unattractive. (Also refers to comfortable old clothes.)
Example: “Sorry I’m in my daggies. All my good clothes are in the wash.”
Dunny: loo, toilet.
Example:“couldya showus where the dunny is mate?”
'Dacka: Referring to the band ACDC. (Shortened form of 'Acka Dacka')
Example: “That’s enough of this pop crap. Let’s throw in some Dacka!”
Dacks: Trousers, pants.
Example:“Pull up ya dacks, yur undies are showing!”
High school has it’s own language I swear
"Lol." This isn't saying L-O-L. It's saying it like a word. It means the same thing though. I think.
"Mood" It's a way of saying something is relateable.
"Sugar plum fairies." As opposed to shit. My parents use this all the time.
"Oh my gord." As opposed to saying oh my god. Not sure why I use this one, it's just fun to say.
"Yeet." Honestly, not sure what this means. I think it means the same thing as throw; e.g., "I'm going to yeet myself out a window." But it's mostly just an exclaimation. I think.
Anyone else hear/use these besides me and my school?
How to Speak Like an Aussie
You know you love us... we mad folk from the land down under. And I fair dinkum reckon we have the best slang in the world. So whether you’re throwing some snags on the barbie or taking a dump on the dunnie or grabbing some grog from the bottle-o, here’s some Aussie slang you can use in your everyday convos. Enjoy!
Servo - service station. “Just got to stop at the servo to fill up.”
Piker - someone who leaves parties early. “Fuckin‘ Mitch, ay. What a piker.”
Sanger - sandwich. “What’s for lunch, mate?” “Vegemite sanger, mate.”
Bogan - Aussie version of redneck. “Hahahaha yeh he’s a fuckin bogan ay. Sick cunt.”
Ocker - unsophisticated individual. “You bloody ocker. Dontcha know anything?”
Grundies - underwear. “Yeh nah I’m decent. I’m just in my grundies ay.“
Bush hanky- when you clear your nose by holding one nostril closed and blowing the mucus out onto the ground from the other nostril. “You got a tissue?” “For fucks sake, mate. Just bush hanky it!”
Cactus - dead. “Yeh nah she’s cactus, mate.”
Chunder - vomit. “Did ya see Shaza chunder last night?”
Fair dinkum - genuine. “Yeh nah I’m fair dinkum, mate!”
I'm not from anywhere exciting that hasn't already been covered by the midwesterners here, so I'm going to instead focus on terms that come up regularly in my geeky gamer circles:
RPG - "Role Playing Game"/ these come in both video game format as well as "tabletop" (i.e. played on a real table) versions, like the infamous Dungeons & Dragons; but to date there are so many other role playing games out there that this often feels like a serious disservice to the industry (particularly when I don't actually like D&D)
*Bonus: "JRPG" - Japanese Role Playing Game (this is usually a video game, not a table top) or the famous "MMORPG" - Massively Multiplayer Online (think World of Warcraft and similar online games that take a page from D&D-style mechanics)
LARP - Live Action Role Playing / when you do the above but in costume and often outside, rather than indoors
Murder Hobo - role players who would rather see the world burn than follow any type of plot
DM / GM - Dungeon Master or Game Master, the person leading players through a tabletop roleplaying game, aka the conductor of the Murder Hobos
NPC - Non-Player Character, or a character in any game who is not controlled by a player but exists for plot purposes / shopping
"Dudes on a Map" - this is a board game term for games such as Risk which involve deploying troops or figures, usually in a war-style game for control of areas
Eurogame - Europe makes so many complex strategy board games (beyond just Settlers of Catan) that this is now an entire genre of board games
Deck-Building - A style of game where you attempt to build a strategic deck of cards by buying them from a collective pool (example: Dominion)
CCG/TCG - Collectible Card Game or Trading Card Game, such as Pokemon or Magic: The Gathering, where the object is obviously to lose all your money buying cards
PVP - Player versus Player, usually a mode or genre of video game which focuses on players competing against each other
PVE - Player versus Environment, an alternate mode / genre of video game which focuses on players cooperating to beat NPC's or environmental challenges
MOBA - Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, or a game where everyone just kills each other and people sit back and watch on Twitch (examples: League of Legends)
Rail Shooter - a style of video game enshrined by early arcade cabinets like The House of the Dead where all you do is aim and shoot, while the game moves you through hordes of enemies
For this purposes of this challenge, my 'homeland' is Florida.
Snowbird (noun)- Any tourist from the northern USA (particularly the elderly) who come to Florida during the winter for the mild climate.
Ex. "Ugh! These snowbirds are clogging the highway!"
The North (noun)- Any US state above Florida.
Ex. "She went up North to see her Grandma in Atlanta."
Hurricane Day (noun)- Basically a snow day, but with a hurricane, tornado, or tropical storm.
Ex. "I can't believe we have to make up 3 hurricane days! It wasn't even that bad!"
Flip flops (noun)- Shoes that seperate your big toe from the rest of your toes, beach shoes. Usuall made of foam or plastic.
Ex. "We're not allowed to wear flip flops at school?"
Cannopy (noun)- When trees completly cover the road in an arch.
Ex. "That liveoak canopy has been there since my grandma lived here!"
PubSub (noun)- A sub from Publix.
Ex. "I'm gonna go get a pubsub, anyone else want anything?"
Bet (exclamation)- Meaning is hard to put into words, but is roughly an affirmation of agreement.
Ex. "I'm going to propose to Angie." "Bet!"
I come originally from just outside Merseyside, where Liverpool is situated. Here’s a few local terms.
1.Woolyback - anybody from the (Lancashire) towns around Liverpool, where sheep farming was historically common.
2.Scouser - anybody from Liverpool, where ‘scouse’ is the traditional dish. Scouse is like ‘stew’ or ‘hotpot’, with no crust. Ideally the potatoes should ‘drop’ so they are a bit soggy. Scouse is more solid than runny. It was originally a Viking dish and it’s lack of ‘runny-ness’ meant they could cook it on board longships without it sploshing over the side of the pan on a slightly choppy sea.
3.Pants - (not sure how localised this is!) - simply means trousers (NOT underwear!). It also came to mean ‘rubbish’ or no good. That film was ‘pants’!
4. Antwacky - old-fashioned, no longer in style. From deliberate mispronunciation of ‘antique’.
Usage: “Our kid’s clobber is proper antwacky”
5. Bins - means spectacles/glasses
6. Dibble - the police, derived from Top Cat’s adversary Officer Dibble
7. A ‘mixture’ - Available in all good local ‘chippies’ (fish and chip shops) means chips and mushy peas. In some parts of old Lancashire (eg, St Helens) it is known as a ‘split’.
8.“I’ll go to the foot of our stairs!” - an expression of shock or surprise. “Betty’s got a boyfriend! Well I’ll go to the foot of our stairs!”
9.Marra - Originally from Newcastle/North East, means mate or friend (pal). “Ey up, Marra, I’ve not seen you for ages.”
10. Hard one to explain the sound of this and I can’t find the origin. It’s “chord”, but the “ch” is pronounced as in chocolate (not cord). It means ‘angry’, ‘fuming’, ‘miffed’, but in a kind of jealous way. “He was proper chord when he found out Betty was going out with Bill!”. It may come from the French ‘chaud’, for hot (as in ‘hot under the collar’)
PS - mention above of St Helens (an old mining down, now in Merseyside, but really a Lancashire pit town, also with (in the past) a large glass production works -Pilkingtons Glass) - one of the best colloquial pub names - “Bird i’ th’and” - as spelt on the sign (In English - The Bird In The Hand.
Great Challenge btw... good fun!
Dead E (I'm on dead E, kid!): Your gas tank is dangerously close to empty.
MEG (He's such a MEG, kid!): Most Embarrassing Guy.
Beeshi (She kicked me in the beeshi, kid!): A slang rendition of an Italian word for a man's genitals.
Yuppy (The yuppies are ruining the neighborhood, kid!): People, usually white and wealthy, who are not native city folk.
Bubblah (I'm going to get a drink of water from the bubblah, kid!): A drinking fountain.
Gravy (It's gravy, not sauce, kid!): A red meat sauce served over pasta.