Slang – Part I

I use a lot of African American slang. I can’t help it! I grew up with a heavy dose of black comedy. In particular:

Fresh Prince



So here’s a mini dictionary of the more common phrases or terms I use.

Note: Not all of it is African American and you can find a lot more examples on how to use them at Urban Dictionary.

  • Phat = Cool

“That’s a phat car”

  • Tight = Close friends or cool

“Tim and Matt are real tight”

“Did you see that flip? That was tight!”

  • Booty = Ass

“That’s a fine piece of booty right there”.

  • Real talk = The truth.

“Ugh. I’m not sure if I can trust her anymore”.

“Anymore? I’m gonna give you real talk right here. She’s cheated on yo’ ass three times now. Enough is enough. Dump her”.

  • You dig? = Do you understand?

“I want you to circle around the block till I give you the signal. You dig?”

  • Word = Agreed. It can also be used as a greeting similar to ‘What’s up?’

This is for the ladies.

“Wow, check him out. He’s hot!”

“Word. Preach on sister”.

  • Sup = A greeting / what’s up


“Nothin’ much. You?”

  • Cuss = Swear at or curse

“Don’t you dare cuss at me fool’

  • Pocahontas syndrome = Girls who have a sexual preference for people not of their own race. (Pocahontas is a Native American woman who marries an Englishman).

“Check that out. *points to an interracial couple*”

“Some girls just have the Pocahontas syndrome”.

Let’s get this clear. I’m not saying I dislike interracial relationships. I don’t care. It’s just a term. You dig?

  • Yellow Fever = Guys or girls who have a sexual preference for Asians.

“I can’t stop checking out Asian girls”.

“Don’t worry man. Most white guys get it. You’re just afflicted with Yellow Fever”.

  • Jungle Fever = Guys or girls who have a sexual preference for black people.

“Damn. Check out her booty’!”

“I gotta give it to you. Only brothers with jungle fever can appreciate real booty”

  • ‘Once you go Asian, you don’t go Caucasian’ = You can’t resist the Asian persuasion.

Pretty self explanatory on how to use this. Extra points if you use this on white guys. You’re guaranteed a reaction.

  • ‘Grow some balls’ = Harden up / be a man

‘Aw shit! This Tom Yum soup is spicy’

‘It’s not that bad. Grow some bulls dude’.

Shout out to Carmen for the real life example above. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

  • Diss = Shortened version of disrespect.

“Your woman looks like an alligator”

“Don’t you diss my girl man or I’ll beat yo’ ass”

  • Keep it real = Be yourself

“Ugh. I’m so nervous about this presentation”.

“You’ll be fine. Just keep it real”.


3 responses to “Slang – Part I

  1. NZ Breakers ROX (in terms of NZ standards)!

    Thanks for the first lecture of Slang101! Totally learnt quite a bit!

  2. NZ Breakers ROX

    lol I better revise before I see you next time then =p

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