There are certain words and phrases that only a true Southern Californian understands and uses. Take a look at these 10 SoCal words and see which ones you know. Any favorites on this list? If some of these don’t sound familiar, then maybe you haven’t been a Southern Californian long enough. It’s okay, you’ll pick them up in no time.
1. Animal Style
If you've ever ordered off the super secret In 'N Out menu, you've uttered the phrase "Animal Style" before. Order something Animal Style and it will show up with loads of secret sauce smothered on top. Only in SoCal!!
As in, "Those waves are pretty gnarly, dude." It's surfer slang for anything that's extremely awesome or extremely awful. And the word gnarly is just plain fun to say whether you're a surfer or not.
3. Sig Alert
If you've ever driven down a Southern California freeway, at some point you've probably been exposed to a Sig Alert. Unique to California, it's a term used by the California Highway Patrol that refers to "any unplanned event that causes the closing of one lane of traffic for 30 minutes or more."
Yep, we call it SoCal here. It's just quicker than saying Southern California.
And our friends to the north are lovingly referred to as NorCal. It doesn't sound as cool as SoCal, but it gets the point across.
6. The 10
If you live in Southern California, you've most likely been accused of adding "the" before a freeway designation. The 10, the 5 and the 8 are never referred to as 10, 5, and 8 when you're from SoCal.
7. The Industry
Shorthand for the entertainment industry. If you're in film or TV in Southern California, you're in "the industry."
8. May Grey
We may have beautiful weather here, but we still get grey skies, especially in early spring. Once the month of May hits, we have what we call May Grey.
9. June Gloom
Same goes for June. When those gray skies are still lingering overhead, we complain about June Gloom.
10. The Governator
Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger is no longer the Governor of California, we Southern Californians still get a chuckle out of the nickname we all coined for him -- The Governator.