If You've Said This 'Slang' Word, You're Probably From California

By Rebekah Gonzalez

September 14, 2021

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In a country as diverse as America, accents and colloquialisms vary in every state you visit.

A new study conducted by Stacker set out to find the most interesting local slang words from every state.

The slang word that the study chose for California is "hella."

According to Stacker:

"California gets a reputation for being a state of surfers and skateboarders. One place this reputation stems from is their slang. For example, hella, which means really, very, or a lot of,originated among Northern Californians in the 1970s, and is used widely across the state today."

To find common slang words in each state, Stacker took data from various sources.

But that's far from the only interesting slang words that Californians use in everyday speech.

According to IEC, these are the 10 essential California slang words you should know:

  • Bail
  • Ballin’
  • (To) bum
  • Clutch
  • Heads
  • Post up
  • Sketch(y)
  • Trip (out)
  • Rock (something)
  • Word

To find out what residents from other states are saying, click here.

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