San Francisco July 22, 2017
by Julian Garr 8 Phrases That Will Make You Swear San Franciscans Have Their Own Language
San Francisco and the Bay Area has no shortage of slang words. You may be more surprised at the amount of words that originate from this area as well. These phrases and words may confound people in conversation because many of these slang words make little or no sense outside the San Francisco Bay Area. Let’s learn more about these phrases from the the area that will keep you guessing.
1. Hella Good
Hella originated in the San Francisco Bay Area, but has since spread to become slang among all of Northern California and beyond. In fact, hella was even added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2002.
2. Tech Bro
The city is a magnet for techies and today filled with programmers and more. In a tech-savvy city, your bound to run across a tech bro—half techie, half jock. A lot of people like to blame the tech bros for driving up the rent prices.
3. Real Talk
This phrase or expression started in San Francisco, and it essentially means "true; truth." Real Talk is talking candidly and openly and honestly without fear of what others might think.
‘Yadadamean’ is a shorthand slang of the phrase ‘You know what I mean?’ It’s less commonly used today. This can cause quite a confused reply or reaction.
5. June Gloom
June gloom describes the foggy nature of San Francisco summers. Mid-spring and fall in the city are usually sunny and enjoyable, but by June Karl the Fog rolls in, hiding the sun for weeks on end.
6. Burner Hippies
If you're in Fog City or the Bay Area, a Burner or Burner Hippie is someone who regularly participates in Burning Man. The term is not derisive, but often misunderstood. Nowadays, San Francisco seems to have a love/hate relationship with Burning Man.
7. Good looks
‘Good looks’ is slang or a variation of ‘thank you for your help and consideration.’ It’s best used when someone answers a request for information, or when someone does a favor for you.
8. The 415
The area code for San Francisco, 415 is often used as another nickname for the city. For example: Always bring a jacket when you're out in the 415.
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