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American Slang

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and because of that, it has developed differently in the countries where it is spoken.

Slang is a fun but often difficult part of a language to master, because it is different depending on which country you are in. American slang, in particular, is very frustrating, because there are just so many words and phrases to learn!


But don’t worry! This useful list will help you during your next conversation with an American.


Bail This is used as a substitute for the verb “to leave”, and it often refers to an unpleasant situation.

Example: Man, this party is really boring. I’m going to bail.


Creep This word, when used as a noun, describes someone who makes you feel uncomfortable.

Example: Look at that guy in the corner, staring at us! He’s a creep!


Down to Earth This phrase is used to describe a person who is simple, modest, not arrogant, easy to get along with.

Example: I really like Cindy. She’s so nice and down to Earth.


Diss To diss is to disrespect or insult something or someone.

Example: The critics totally dissed the film. They called it the worst film in history.


For real? This is another way to say “Really?”

Example: Matt Damon is going to be at the party? For real?!


Get out of here! This is said when you want to show you don’t believe someone. The words “out” and “of” are usually pushed together in spoken English (Get outta here!).

Example: You won the lottery? Get out of here!


Stoked This adjective describes a feeling of excitement about something.

Example: I am so stoked for my trip to Canada this weekend!


Take a rain check This is a phrase that originally comes from baseball, when a game would be canceled because it was raining. It means that you need to cancel your plans, but you want to show you are interested in planning something again in the future.

Example: I’m so sorry I can’t go to the movies with you this weekend. My mom is visiting me! Can I take a rain check?

But watch out! Slang is informal language, meaning you should avoid using it with bosses, teachers, or anyone you’d like to show respect. Some people consider slang to be rude.

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