You probably didn’t learn these words in your English classes. We’re explaining some “American slang” you may hear while your on campus in the U.S.
When you get to a new country, it can be intimidating. But don’t worry—International Student Voice is here to help! One of the first steps to building friendships in a new place is communication, here is some typical American slang you may here and the meanings.
All-nighter: (n) means to stay up throughout the night, often to complete some form of work
Ex. I had to pull an all-nighter to finish that paper for history class.
Ace: (v) to pass a test or exam relatively easily
Ex. John aced his economics exam.
Beat: (adj): tired or worn out, exhausted
Ex. My gym class was intense—I’m beat!
Booze: (n) alcohol, which can be anything from hard liquor to beer or wine
Ex. The party starts in twenty minutes. Did you bring the booze?
My bad: (slang) meaning its my fault. It’s a phrase used to apologize for making a mistake.
Ex. My bad! I meant to call you hours ago!
Cool: (adj) nice, great, impressive
Ex. That’s a cool dress. [or] He’s such a cool guy.
Creep: (n) an unpleasantly weird or strange person
Ex. That guy keeps following me around. He is such a creep!
Drag: (n) disappointment
Ex. What a drag! (Meaning: I am so disappointed!)
Eye-opener: (n) something that causes a realization
Ex. This article is such an eye-opener. I had no idea there was so much American slang!
Flip out/ Freak out: (v) to get upset
Ex. Don’t flip out! I’ll vacuum the room tomorrow.
Go with the flow: (v) to accept things as they are
Ex. I’m just going to go with the flow and see what happens.
Hang in there: (slang) means “don’t give up”, and is a phrase used to offer encouragement.
Ex. Hang in there! You’re almost done with your midterms.
Many of these phrases and definitions came from the following website
http://www.infosquares.com/americanslang/americanslang_c.html. Feel free to check out more American slang on your own!