When you live in NYC you take for granted the words you pick up on the street and in everyday life. We’re trend setters, movers, shakers, mold makers and breakers. The when the rest of the US is looking for the future sound of American English, they look here. Here are 10 NY slang expressions that have been exported across the US of A.
1. Kid/Son/My G: a very close friend
“S’up, kid?” What’s poppin’, son?”
2. Real talk: it’s time to be serious
“Real talk, I’m not down with how you were actin’ last night.”
3. Guap/cake/cheese: money
“Getting that guap, son!”
4. Mad: adds an emphasis to the word that follows it
“I’m mad hungry, bro!”
5. frontin’: to put on a false front usually to impress others
“Why you frontin’ man? We all know you live with your mom!”
6. Dead-ass: To be completely and honestly serious.
“I was dead ass when I told him.”
7. Whip: an expensive car
“That’s the whip I want, my man!”
8. Tight: to express Stylish, cool, having everything together.
“That whip is real tight, my man!”
9. Gully: be too “authentic” or genuine to the streets
“My G is so damn gully!”
10. Rachet: a woman with very low standards and loose morals
“You deal with her, she’s too rachet for me!”
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