Are there any words that are particular to the DC area? Clinton Yates of the Washington Post gives a handy primer on a few words (or lexical items, as linguists call them) that originated in or are unique to DC; you’ll find the article here.
Some of the words that we’ve found – including terms that refer to people, things, places, and states of mind – are listed below, along with some possible definitions offered by native Washingtonians.
Bama/bamma – Noun. 1) Someone who doesn’t know how to dress or act. 2) Country. 3) Out of style. 4) Someone who can’t dress or is uncool.
Siced – Adj. 1) Hyped up. 2) Instigating. 3) Excited, pumped, ready to go. 2) Hyped. 3) Happy. 4) Excited.
Jont – Noun. 1) Place. 2) A word to describe something (ex. referring to a car: “That Jont is fast”). 3) A place, a thing, anything.
Lunchin – Adj. 1) Tripping. 2) Off one’s rocker. 3) Something crazy. 4) Acting a fool.
Vicious – Adj. 1) Bad in a good way, referring to looks, food, experience of any kind. 2) Good. 3) Cool.
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