NEW YORK – Holla! You cats didn't represent last night. It was off the charts, G! Why you hatin'?
For those of you who didn't understand what that meant, Foxnews.com has culled a list of the latest slang to descend from rap and hip-hop influences like Ja Rule, Jay-Z and P. Diddy into the vocabularies of our sons and daughters.
Keep a copy handy for quick translations:
Bling-bling: Flashy jewelry; cash. "P. Diddy is so bling-bling."
Cheese, Cheddar: Money. "That G (gangsta) got cheddar."
Baller: A person with a lot of money; a ballplayer; a stud (player). "That cat is ballin'!"
Drop: A drop-top convertible.
Whip: A car.
Floss: To show off. "J. Lo be flossin' ice (diamonds)."
Playa hater: Someone who hates someone else; the player is usually popular and the hater is probably jealous. "Don't hate the playa, hate the game." "Don't hate on me." "Why you hatin'?"
Kicks: Shoes, sneakers.
Run Game: To attempt to con someone. "I ran game to get those kicks."
Out on the Town:
G: Gangster; a pal. "We go back to when I was a lower-case G."
Dirty: A friend. "You're my dirty, man (i.e. You're my boy. We're brothers.)."
Come Through: To show up. "Why didn't you come through last night?"
Represent: Give respect to; to be from a place. "She represents Queens, I represent Brooklyn."
Coolest Words for Cool:
Tight/Hot: Cool. "My new crib (pad) is tight/hot!"
Off the charts/chain/hook/heezie: Really cool. "Nelly is off the charts!"
Pop: Not cool anymore; played out, like a song. "The Real Slim Shady is so pop."
Love and Romance:
Shorty: A girl. "Shorty's lookin' proper."
Boo: A boyfriend or girlfriend. "I love you, Boo."
When You Really Mean It:
Fo' sheezy: For sure. "I'll be there, fo' sheezy."
Please believe it: Yes, definitely. (To be used instead of 'yes, definitely.')
Coming and Going:
Holla!: Hey; here I am; hello; goodbye.
One: One love, peace, goodbye. "I'm out. One."
Geneseo University DJ Dhaval Mehta contributed to this report.