Funny! I live in the wine snob region. We have those for sure.
I love how they have YOLO, which I guess has become a common acronym for "You only live once," on Yolo County! (Where I went to college!)
What does hella mean?
Hell, probably. That's the east bay.
What does "idek" mean?
My favorite part is "cow death camps."
idek = "I don't even know"
Aww I live in Texas nation! :(
"hella?" more like bloodbath
"Hella" is an intensifier: That guy is hella fine!
Lived here all my life and been to every one of the counties except for "Stinky Lake" Imperial. This map speaks hella truffs.
I like the part under the Orange Bridge that says AIDS infested homos.
I hella love Oakland!
It's all true.
I am right in Hippie central.
This is funny!
Very funny! What does the "classified" between Orange County and San Diego mean?
The military owns a huge section of land there- classified?
Camp Pendleton-huge Marine Corps base.
Dumb map. Not funny. Most of the responses look similar in content, format. Even worse are the responses of feigned interest on particular descriptions.
Quit trying to make this thread happen.
This is pretty funny, surprised they went so easy on the Central Valley.
Somewhat of an old meme, and SO not creative. Could have been much more funny.
Was it made by a barely literate fourteen year old? It certainly looks like it was. And Butte County should be labeled as redneck backwoods inbreds.
I do love those tiny foxes on Catalina.
Why is San Bernardino-Riverside called Bros?
Bakersfield is nothing like Texas!
They went easy on Crescent City.
"hella" is not "hell-ah" it is "L.A." with an H in front. So they are saying the East Bay is the "hell" version of "L.A." or "hell-ay."
Not true, by the way.
I live in "bros-weird spiky trees-golf" land.
R26, you window licker, "hella" is a very popular slang word that originated in the Bay Area. Not a made up nickname everyone else would have to go on a 5 day meth binge to understand. You must be an import.
Pomona is "Bros" r23
I like "Otters!" and "Cow death camp".
Why don't you provide a funnier, wittier version of the map, R18 and R20.
I used to live in "something you drive through". All flat land for miles and miles, you can see the buildings of the next city 10 miles away if you're on the 99 or any road for that matter.
I'm wearing my green fedora
For Dora, for Dora
I'm wearing my green fedora
For Dora is the girl I love
r28 is correct. The word hella originated in the Bay Area, is an intensifier, and has got nothing to do with L.A.
Don't you know the song "Hella Good" by No Doubt?
No but I lived in the East Bay for many years and never heard that term once. It has nothing to do with the East Bay.
Can anyone post the original source for this image?
"Hella" is Californian for Los Angeles.
Derived from "Hell-A"
I looked it up, and what it is, is popular UK slang attributed to the East Bay. It's supposed to be a contraction of "hell of a," which in the form "helluva" has been common American slang for decades. It is the Brits, not anybody in California, who made it into a "thing," based on the work of linguist from UCSB who treated it as a kind of northern California valleyspeak after she heard it studying Mt. Eden High School in Hayward. Yes, there is a band from Sacramento by that name, started within the last ten years. But it's not something that was ever "big" or general in the East Bay. You would hear this slang in London, but not in Oakland and Berkeley.
UCD alumnus here, too, R2.
They did correctly describe the "hippies otters garlic" area.
And yet, r38, California's very own No Doubt wrote the song 'Hella Good', which employs the term semantically as described upthread.
You can go to the American site urbandictionary.com, and it pretty much confirms the northern CA origins of the word:
"Hella. Originated from the streets of San Francisco in the Hunters Point neighborhood. It is commonly used in place of "really" or "very" when describing something.
The Fillmore is hella better than the Mission."
"A multi-purpose word invented by people in north california, indigenous to the Bay Area.
Adjective: To describe a lot of something or something good."
[quote] They went easy on Crescent City.
Isn't that New Orleans?
Crescent City is also the name of a small city north of Eureka, on the coast just south of the Oregon border.
Why no reference to the porn industry?
I can immediately tell if someone is from the Bay Area if they frequently use the term "hella" in a sentence. More often heard by people along the I-80/880 corridor in the East Bay from Vallejo, Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, and Hayward. It's a regionalistic term that is the West Coast equivalent of Greater Boston's "Wicked Pissah" (a term you almost NEVER hear outside of Eastern Mass/Northern Rhode Island.)
People from SoCal almost NEVER use "hella," and many find the term downright annoying. I found it ironic that No Doubt, a Southern California band used the word for one of their biggest hits. I guess it was meant to be ironic.
A lot of people who don't live in California usually don't realize how far the Bay Area is from Southern California and how culturally different the two regions are. It's about a 6-7 hours drive between the two regions, which would be the equivalent of driving from New York City to North Carolina, obviously two different places with different cultures. So yes, it's no surprise that a term such as hella may be widely used in one part of the state, but not the other.
"Hell-A" (rhymes with L.A.) is a term used to describe the City of Los Angeles, and it's a term I couldn't agree with more.
[quote] Crescent City is also the name of a small city north of Eureka, on the coast just south of the Oregon border.
Thanks. I didn't know that. Is it a bad city and that's why someone in the thread said they went easy on it?
I've never been to Crescent City, but that part of the coast is almost always cold, gray and foggy, even in the summer. And I would imagine the economy is not so great since the decline of the logging industry.
What is half dome?
R49 Famous rock formation in Yosemite National Park.
It's surprising how many overweight people there are in central california, which coincidentally also happens to be large republican areas. It's like a different world when you exit the grapevine and get back into southern california.
"hella" can be heard all over the Bay Area.
Crescent City is home to Pelican Bay, possibly the state's most notoriously violent prison for the most violent criminals. Del Norte County be hella fulla meth heads.
Never knew what a SigAlert was until this thread. Seen it lit up on signs the few times I've had to go to LA and assumed it had something to do with smog.
From that map I wouldn't know where the gays live.
R55 That's pretty good! You've got your "hella" and your gays for previous posters here.
I can't read what it says around Alameda-- something about Vegas? What?
R56 - It says "To Vegas" because it's supposed to be Oakland Airport. Southwest Airlines has a large presence there, so a lot of people take cheap flights from there to Vegas or Reno/Lake Tahoe.
R55 - The area south of San Francisco that says "Mexico" should really be either "Asians" or "The Philipines" as Daly City has one of the largest Filipino populations in the area.
"TO VEGAS" means cheap flights from OAK.
I went to Berkeley High in the 1980s and I hella said hella hella times.
Great map. I live in 'classified'
This map is dead on. Love "weird spiky trees" for Joshua Tree and "giant stinky lake" for the Salton Sea/Imperial County.
And yes, OC is just Republicans.
R40, the coastal area is home to many sea otters but inland is the town that's the garlic capital of the US.
I'm from Fremont, which is in the East Bay, and grew up using hella. I didn't even know it was a regional thing until the internet.
Well, r38 has been hella schooled, by this entire thread.
[quote]And yes, OC is just Republicans.
Not really true anymore, due to the large number of Latinos and Asians who've moved in over the past couple of decades.