How Well Do You Really Know Everyday American Slang Words and Phrases?

Stella Alexander

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Bring your A-Game! While the English language is the same around the world, you'll find different dialects and slang. The same can be said for the United States. You'll find slang that is used all around the country. From "cash" to "bucks," how well do you know American slang?

English is the third most spoken language in the world. There are more than 360 million people around the world who speak English as their native language. English is an official language of countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Nigeria, and Belize. While these countries would be part of the native speaker population, there are more than 1.5 billion people around the world who speak English in general. That's 20 percent of the world's population!

While you'd hear the English language in dozens of countries, many speakers wouldn't understand American slang. While the words might register, their meaning might seem foreign. How well do you know everyday American slang?

If someone said, "this party blows," what does that mean? For something to be a "piece of cake," does it have to be covered in frosting? Let's find out how much American slang you understand!

Don't give us the cold shoulder! Come hang out with us and prove how much slang you know! This quiz will be a banger!

What does "buck" mean?

In American slang, the word "buck" is used to describe $1. If someone said, "I have ten bucks, this means they have $10."

Finish the phrase that means to study: hit the ______

The phrase "hit the hay" means go to sleep while "hit the books" means you are planning to study.

If someone says "I aced the test," what does "aced" mean?

If someone aces something, not only do they pass it, they did it easily!

Which of these words or phrases is used to describe someone who is lazy?

A couch potato is used to describe someone who is lazy. Classically, it is associated with someone who doesn't leave the couch and just watches TV.

If you wanted someone to call you, you'd ask them to give you what?

If someone says "give me a ring," they're probably not asking you to propose! It means to give them a call.

What does "hip" mean?

"Hip" is a slang term used to describe something that is cool and trendy.

Finish the phrase that means to wait a minute: hold your ______

If you tell someone to "hold your horses," you're telling them to hold on a minute.

If someone says "I'm all ears," what are they doing to you?

If someone says they're "all-ears," this is a way to say that they are listening to you and you have their attention.

Which of these words or phrases can be used to describe people paying for their own meal?

If you go out to eat or go on a date, you might hear the word "Dutch." Rather than one person footing the entire bill or splitting it in half, if you "go Dutch," this means everyone is paying for what they bought.

If you're about to eat tons of food, with what animal would complete the phrase: ______ out?

In American slang, the phrase "pig out" is often used if someone is about to binge-eat or consume loads of food in a short amount of time.

What does "put up a front" mean?

If someone "puts up a front," this means they are purposely trying to give off the appearance that they are tough when, in fact, they are not.

Finish the phrase that means to ignore someone: Give the ______ shoulder

The phrase "give someone the cold shoulder" is quite popular. It means to purposefully ignore someone.

If someone says "I passed by the skin of my teeth," how well did they do on the test?

If someone does something "by the skin of their teeth," it means they just barely accomplished it.

Which of these words or phrases can be used to describe bothering someone?

If someone is "getting under your skin," that means they are bothering or irritating you.

If someone wants your signature, they might ask for your _________.

If someone wants your signature, they'll ask for your "John Hancock." This is because John Hancock was one of the people to sign the Declaration of Independence and he had a very showy signature.

What does "piece of cake" mean?

If someone tells you that something was a "piece of cake," it was exceptionally easy.

Finish the phrase that means all day and night: ______ the clock

If you describe something as "around the clock," it means that is it constantly happening, day and night.

If someone says "I need to crash," what does "crash" mean?

If someone says they need to "crash," this means that they're extremely tired and need to go to sleep.

Which of these words or phrases can be used to describe casual conversation?

The phrase "shoot the breeze" is used to describe idle conversation.

If someone wants to tell you to finish something, they might tell you to _____ it up.

If you want someone to finish something, you could tell them to "wrap it up."

What does "jonesing" mean?

If someone says the word "jonesing," they mean they want something. One might say, "I'm jonesing for a strong drink."

Finish the phrase that describes something that doesn't happen often: Once in a blue ______

The phrase "once in a blue moon," is used to describe something that doesn't happen very often. This is used because a blue moon happens only every three years.

If someone says "I'm going to hit the road," what are they doing?

If someone says "hit the road," that means they are leaving. This is heard in the song, "Hit the Road, Jack."

Which of these words or phrases can be used to describe someone sitting in the front passenger seat of a car?

When it comes to figuring out the seats in a car, you'll often hear people call "shotgun." This means that they'll be sitting in the front passenger seat.

If you refuse to answer a question, you might say what?

"Plead the fifth" is a common slang phrase you'd hear in America that references the fifth Constitutional amendment. In this amendment, a person doesn't have to answer a question that would incriminate himself or herself, so they simply say, "I plead the fifth."

What does "screw up" mean?

"Screw up" is a phrase used to signify making a mistake. Someone could say "I screwed up on that test."

Finish the phrase that means something was really good (food-wise): That ______ the spot

If someone says "that hit the spot," they are talking about food or a beverage. This means they enjoyed it and it "hit a spot" that needed it.

If someone says "I need a recap of the meeting," what does "recap" mean?

If someone needs a recap, this means they need you to go over the information again.

Which of these words or phrases can be used to describe telling a secret?

If someone "spills the beans" this means they told a secret they weren't supposed to. Once the beans have been spilled, they can't be saved!

What is the word used to describe getting married?

"Hitched" is a slang term used to describe someone who is getting or has gotten married.

What does "hyped" mean?

Hyped is an American slang term that means to be excited for something. One could say "I'm so hyped about going to Coachella."

Finish the phrase that means to bother someone: Drive up the ______

If someone "drives you up the wall," it means they are bothering or irritating you.

If someone says "that concert was the bomb," what does "the bomb" mean?

"The bomb" is a slang phrase used to describe something that was great.

Which of these words or phrases is NOT used to describe amazing?

In American slang, there are many words that can be used to describe something amazing. Buns is NOT one of them.

If someone says "I'm going to "bail" on this party, what are they doing?

If someone uses the word "bail" in this context, they're not talking about bail/bond money. They are talking about leaving.

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