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New Jersey Slang

9 Words to Know For Dating in New Jersey

We like to think the Jersey Shore is our cultural compass for all things Jersey, but how could we forget the Real Housewives of the Garden State? They may be mostly married, but they don't talk like they are!

We defined some of the harder-to-understand Jersey Shore words and phrases last season, yet the real New Jersey is illuminated when you take both shows and create a guide to Jersey slang.

  1. Blowout: It's not dirty. Just the primping ritual of a guido prepping for a night out creeping. To get the look men blow-dry hair while brushing it upwards and slathering on gel. See Pauly D.
  2. Fresh to death: An oxymoron, yes, but the three best words to describe "the hottest of the hot and trendiest of the trendy."
  3. Stage five clinger: Someone who becomes excessively attached in the early phase of dating.
  4. Kim: A woman over 40 who lives in New Jersey. Named for the excessive number of women named Kim in the second season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
  5. Smush: To have sex with a guido or guidette.

Read the rest below.

  1. Pound: A less cuddly word for more aggressive sex with a guido/guidette or regular earthling.
  2. Vibe: To be mutually attracted.
  3. Prostitution whore: Someone who's been engaged 19 times. And, you're right, it doesn't make any sense.
  4. Chicken cutlet night: A night when "Italian-Americans gather to consume breaded poultry." OK, maybe it doesn't have anything to do with dating, but you know somewhere at some point things got saucy on chicken cutlet night.

Photos courtesy of MTV and Bravo

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Caitie64 Caitie64 7 years
Ya as another normal person who lives like two minutes from Sleezside (what we call Seaside). I live at the shore and I went to the schools and I'm friends with almost everybody. NO ONE USES THOSE WORDS! And we are all EXTREMELY TIRED of being compared to those freaks on the show.
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh we don't say those things!!! I swear! The bennies from out of state bring them down here and we get stuck with them. :frown: Except for "creepin'". We do talk about creepin' all the time. We creep on facebook, in our cars, at the beach ... all over. But seriously, I'm getting really fed up with the poor rap Jersey's getting =\
Angelica Angelica 7 years
I also like "creep". Last season on Jersey Shore the boys talked about "creeping on girls" a lot, which made me LOL because I'm sure that's exactly what they do.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 7 years
I'm obsessed with jersey shore, real housewives of nj, jerseylicious, and jersey couture. I effing love them. I'm a socal girl, never been to jersey but I do the fist pump all the time and use the term "grenades".
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Fresh to Death and Vibe are 80s hip-hop slang terms. They were not created by them.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
Yes, normal person of NJ here. I have never heard any of these slang terms before, but, ya know, I'm normal ...
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I've never been to Jersey other than driving through it, but I use the term "stage five clinger", as do my other Nevada-raised friends. Anyway, I feel really bad for the normal people of New Jersey. I'm sure there's a lot of them that are just shuddering at what modern TV is making their state out ot be.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Why are all of these Kims ruining my good name! First Kim Zolciak, now this! When will the madness end?
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
It's so annoying to see Jersey every where. I'm a true Jersey hater, having lived there since birth for the first 18 years of my life. Moved when I turned 18 and there will never be a (long) return! (I was born in Seaside Heights! aaaaah!)
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Ugh, when will this foul obsession end?
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