Californicated…wait that sounds dirty

March 24, 2008 at 1:08 am Leave a comment

Having lived in California for a little more than half a year, I’ve noticed a change in my speech pattern.  Back in VA, I never used to swear unless I get mad at the traffic or I’m playing a video game.  Also, my use of the word ‘Due’ was kept to a bare minimum, usually to describe a person I didn’t know (“This dude was in the bank today…”)

Just the other day, I noticed that I swear a little more than I used to, generally for descriptions of events or actions, and often with ’Dude’ in the beginning (“Dude, that’s fucked up”, or “That was some crazy ass bullshit, dude”).

The worst offender, though, is in the phrase ’Hella’. For example, I was describing to my cousin the line I saw in front of Best Buy when I picked up Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and I said, “There was hella people there, dude!” I can also be heard complaining about school, saying, “This class is hella stupid.”Apparently, people who really are from California will occasionally use the term ’Hecka’ in place of ’Hella’. So far, I haven’t used that term, only because it doesn’t “roll off the tongue” like ’Hella’ does. But time will tell.

Anyway, I’d better get my ass back to the East Coast, where people spoke normally. I haven’t heard Y’all used in months.

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