Tag Archives: US Slang

#USSlang: Money

In this post; we would like to share the most common American slang for money.

  1. Bill. Meaning: one hundred dollars, or a piece of paper money.
    • Example:
      • a fifty-dollar bill.
  2. Wad. Meaning: a considerable amount of money.
    • Example:
      • a wad of cash.
  3. Buck. Meaning: commonly means a dollar, but can also mean an amount of money in general, or a hundred dollars.
    1. Example:
      1. his bag costs only fifty bucks.
      2. You can earn more bucks as you go.
  4. Fin/fiver/five-spot. Meaning: five-dollar bill.
  5. Sawbuck/ten-spot/Hamilton. Meaning: ten-dollar bill. Alexander Hamilton is pictured on the $10 banknote.
  6. C-note or Benjamin. Meaning: 100 dollar bill.
  7. Grand. Meaning: a thousand dollars.
    • Example:
      • five grands for a one-year program.
  8. Nickel. Meaning: originally refers to a coin worth five cents, but as a slang term it means something that costs five dollars.
  9. Dime. Meaning: originally means a coin worth ten cents, but as a slang term it means ten dollars.
  10. Other general terms for money: scratch, dough, moolah, cheddar, and smacker.

Compiled and written by @Fafafin for @EnglishTips4U on December 15, 2016.

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#USSlang: ‘Basic bitch’

Today we’ll talk about a slang word that has gotten popular lately, esp. online: “Basic Bitch.”

A ‘basic bitch’ is an insult commonly targeted at young women.

It means a woman who is fulfilling all the stereotype of the most common girl. She loves the mall, she reads lifestyle magazine, she listens to Taylor Swift, she does Instagram – basically all the things every woman seems to be doing. Most of all, she is also happy about doing it. She doesn’t wish to be different or be out of the box.

‘Basic bitch’ is basically a way to say someone is boring, predictable, or had failed to surprise us. Or as urban Indonesians often say, ‘anaknya biasa banget’ or ‘orangnya ya gitu-gitu aja’ or ‘selera kebanyakan/umum.’


  • A: “What do you think of John’s new girlfriend?”
  • B: “Nah, she’s very basic.”

According to Urban Dictionary, ‘basic bitch’ started out as a slang word used in African-American communities. Its original meaning was ‘a girl who was too easy,’ or ‘a girl who would sleep or date with anyone.’ But language develops and now it is used to refer to ‘a stereotypical white woman.’

Some feminists criticise the use of the word because of their demeaning nature against women. (Demeaning = merendahkan.)

Here’s an interesting piece written by a girl who proudly refers to herself as basic: In defense of being ‘basic

People ridiculing others for preferring one specific flavor of coffee on a given day are the ones with a problem.

After all, it’s always better to stay true to yourself no matter what others think of it. It’s much better than being cool or different but fake. Being a basic is simply the opposite of being a hipster; you’re not aiming to be different or anti-mainstream.

There’s even a Buzzfeed quiz to check ‘How Basic Are You

Sources: Urban Dictionary, VICE, Red&Black

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, November 16, 2014


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#USSlang: American slang (21)

  1. Gyp. Meaning: to swindle or to cheat.
    • Example:
      • “I can’t believe it! Matt gypped me out of a slice of pizza!”
  2. Amp down. Meaning: to calm down.
    • Example:
      • “Dean, you need to amp down. We can’t find the keys if you don’t!”
  3. Baloney. Meaning: nonsense.
    • Example:
      • “Stop talking! That’s a lot of baloney and we know it!”
  4. Earful. Meaning: a lot of gossip.
    • Example:
      • “Franda really likes to give me earful about her classmates.”
  5. In the soup. Meaning: in trouble.
    • Example:
      • “You’ll get in the soup if you don’t go home now, Luke.”
  6. Java. Meaning: coffee.
    • Example:
      • “I’d like to have a cup of Java, please.”
  7. Max out. Meaning: to go to the limit.
    • Example:
      • “She’s maxed out at my work and needs to rest.”

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, June 20, 2013

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#USSlang: American slang (22)

  1. Bash (n.) Meaning: party.
    • Example:
      • “Hey, look! I got an invitation to Josh’s bash tonight.”
  2. Crib (n.) Meaning: house or place of residence.
    • Example:
      • “You have to go to Monti’s crib. He has a great stereo system in there.”
  3. Dicey (adj.) Meaning: risky or dangerous.
    • Example:
      • “Frank is a black belt in taekwondo, so getting into a fight with him is very dicey.”
  4. Glitzy (adj.) Meaning: fashionable; flashy or glittery.
    • Example:
      • “Stacey is wearing a glitzy gown on her wedding day.”
  5. Honcho (n.) Meaning: a leader, a boss, a chief.
    • Example:
      • “Scott was in the honcho‘s office because he just made a serious mistake.”
  6. Hyped (adj.) Meaning: really excited.
    • Example:
      • “Samantha is so hyped about the concert that she’s going to see tomorrow.”
  7. Iffy (adj.) Meaning: doubtful, uncertain.
    • Example:
      • “Becky’s political future seems iffy.”
  8. Klutz (n.) Meaning: a stupid and clumsy person.
    • Example:
      • “Tanya is a real klutz. She can’t finish all the tasks which are given to her.”

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, October 13 , 2013

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