If you still use "dude" or "cool" in a sentence, you’re yesterday’s news. Time to update and grab a copy of the latest UCLA Slang Dictionary. It’s off the hezzie.
With more than 1,000 entries, "U.C.L.A. Slang 6" has words that are a full-on eargasm. Produced every four years since 1989 in conjunction with an undergraduate linguistics course, the dictionary has become an UCLA institution.
Consider a few of these gems:
- Blaze: To smoke marijuana.
- Bromance: Extremely close platonic friendship between two males.
- Epic fail: What a mistake! What a failure! Oops!
- Fro-yo: Frozen yogurt.
- Man crush: Guy that a guy believes he'd have a crush on if he was a girl or gay.
- Biznatch: to meddle in your business
- Sister from another mister: Very close female friend who resembles a close sibling in feeling
- Skrilla: Money
- Schwa: Wow
- Destroy: Do well
- Obama: cool or rad
- Walk of shame: Walk back home after spending the night with a guy.
This year's book marks its 20th anniversary. The 160-page volume comes complete with terms, definitions, parts of speech, sample sentences, usage notes and the etymology of words. The reference provides a glimpse into how language evolves and aims to serve "as the latest word on slang used on the Westwood campus," according to the UC Newsroom.
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Thanks to the entertainment industry, slang spreads far beyond its roots.
"So 'U.C.L.A. Slang' tends to be a harbinger of slang that already is -- or soon will be -- spoken across the country," she said in a UC news article.
If you just can’t bring yourself out of the ‘rad’ 1980’s, don’t QQ (cry). Munro assures us cool is still part of the dictionary.