Slang is such a diverse and interesting thing. It not only changes generation to generation, but by location, even if it’s just a few dozen miles away, someone might find your slang unusual and strange. So today I thought I’d give a 101 on West Coast slang.
Yuppie: Informal for (Y)oung (U)rban (P)rofessional, or Yup.Turned into yuppie in the 1980’s. A term used to describe someone who is young, possibly just out of college, and who has a high-paying job and an affluent lifestyle. Can now be used to describe any rich person who is not modest about their financial status. Yuppiedom (yuppie-dum)is a term used to describe an involvement in being a yuppie.
Dink: Dual/Double Income, No Kids. A household status for a couple who both make money and don’t have to spend it on young children.
Spendy: Expensive or pricey
A Granola: Used to describe people who are environmentally aware, open minded, socially aware, leaning to the left. Refrains from buying animal products or non-fair trade products.
Hipster: Hipsters are a subculture of American consumer for whom the idea behind the marketing holds more value than the product being marketed. Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.
Cool Beans: Used to describe something very favorable or pleasing. Great. Very nice.
Dude: An expression of emphasis, amazement, or awe. Also used as a gender neutral term or name filler.
Take it to the bank: Figurative expression. What was said is the absolute truth and can be verified by a third party source. Comes from an obscure reference to checks, in that such is a guarantee that you can take the document to the bank and redeem it for its face value.
Muddin’: When someone takes their truck off-road and tries to get their car as dirty as possible. The idea is to get your car so dirty that the air-conditioning spits up dirt molecules when you turn it on.
Bruh: Can either be used as a greeting between male friends, or to describe something unbelievable (BRUH!).
Yeah but or But no: But anyway, as I was saying, continuation of what you were talking about
No yeah – Means yes
Yeah no – Means No
Yeah no for sure – Definitely/Positive
Umbrella: Slang for a tourist or a wimp, real Oregonians don’t use umbrellas
Tillamook: A popular brand of cheese that is used in place of the word cheese a lot. Kind of like asking for a coke in the south. “Did you get the Tillamook?” (could be any brand)
Ducks or Beavers: Local sports teams (Ducks are inherently better)
Barbeque: Alas this does not real smoky-styled BBQ, instead it is used to mean cooking on a grill or outdoor fire
Kitty-corner: To describe something diagonal across, we use the term “kitty-corner,” not “catty-corner” or “cater-corner.”
Jojos: potato wedges, not to be confused with French fries
Filbert: Another word for hazelnut (Oregon is the largest grower of Hazelnuts in the U.S. upon my last inquiry)