Welcome to Santa Cruz. Not that you need any reminder of your arrival here, as seemingly every single person around you is probably wearing a sweatshirt, t-shirt, beanie, or hat with the infamous Santa Cruz logo on it. Take some time to admire the stunning scenery. The ocean, the rocky cliffs, the golden poppies, the ethereal redwoods, the copious amount of iceplant…We pride ourselves in said scenery, but manage to tag, etch, or sharpie “eastside” or “westside” on any available surface (and the people caught somewhere in between the two have adopted the particularly quaint “midtown” label). Try to ignore this. I also advise against the boardwalk.
It wasn’t until I moved away from Santa Cruz that I realized the incredibly unique vernacular I had become accustomed to there. It is for that reason I have assembled this working list of Santa Cruz words. Lest we forget.
Bammer, bam: – shitty in quality.
“Your drug dealer has bammer weed, mine has the crip.”
Barge: When something is far.
“Ugh you want to go all the way to San Jose? That’s such a barge!” Synonym: cutts.
Cutts, In the Cutt, Cutty, Mob Cutty: all variations of the same overall idea, with slight, case specific variations.
Cutts refer to backcountry or a party that will take you longer than 15 minutes to drive to and where you will probably dent your car on a log or get stuck in a ditch.
In the Cutt is generally the same.
Cutty can be used as an endearing term for a friend (“sup cutt?”).
Mob Cutty means that we are going to drive or skate to a destination more than 15 minutes away.
Chundle, chundled, chundlecakes: Hungover or drunk to the point of exhaustion and/or vomiting.
Churdis, churdiling: When someone is awkward, they are a Churdis. When you are awkwardly lurking around, you are churdiling.
Chapped: in trouble or something that ruins your plans.
“I heard that bonfire got chapped. Cops showed.”
Dank, dankles: Something that is good.
“This sandwich is dank/the dankles.” Synonym: crip.
Dome: The act of performing oral sex on a male is called “dropping dome.”
Also used as a term for head (as in “I hit my dome”).
Eggy: used to describe and person or situation that isn’t chill
“My parents got so eggy when they caught me raging”
Frail: when something or someone is lame, a flake, or a downer.
“This party is frail.” OR “That girl never comes, she’s a frail.”
Grody: used to describe someone or something gross and/or dirty.
Kerk: to steal.
“Let’s go kerk a bottle!”
Loc: short for local, the term in Santa Cruz has taken on an entirely new meaning. Loc is used as a positive term for a person one thinks highly of, or that one thinks is chill
That guy is a loc.
Can also mean cool, as in “that guy’s car is so loc!”
Lurking: Hanging around without engaging in social interaction or without reason.
Mole, bloop: to smoke tobacco and weed through a bong.
“Dude lets go toke a mole.”
Meat: a dumb grom.
“You dropped my weed, you’re a meat dude.”
Nug: a girl that is attractive is a nug. Synonym: rigg.
Obviously it also means a lil piece of marijuana.
Nad, nadski, nord, nordels: no
“Yo, let’s mob downtown cutty?” “Nad I’m tired broski”
Pickling: Act of drinking alcohol, becoming drunk.
Pus: pronounced like “puss”, used to describe something very good.
“This burrito is pus.” I don’t really like this one.
Rigg: A hot girl. Synonym: nug.
Schralp: To power-carve with blazing precision and speed.
Stew, stewy: stoned
“yo let’s go get stewy!”
Toke, tork: smoke.
“Let’s hit the cutts and tork?”
Trog: An unattractive girl.
Yicked: Drunk off one’s ass.
Yad, yadski, Yord, yordels: yes
“Yo les go skate?” “Yad”