By Helena Ventura

Paperback | $11.95 | 168 pages
ISBN 978-1-938849-85-5
Ebook also available
ISBN 978-1-938849-86-2
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From surf lingo to tech talk, this lively gift book will teach natives and visitors alike how to speak Californian.

Dude, are you stoked to hack California-speak so you don’t sound like a barney? This sweet guide will get you talking fresh, whether you’re in the 626 or the Yay Area, whether you’re above the line or pre-revenue, whether you’re on brand or on hiatus, or whether you’re at the Merge or the Orange Crush. Swoop this epic read, take the 5 to the 405 to the 73, and you’ll be a legit Californian.

To translate, this vibrantly designed, modestly priced pocket guide to California slang will help residents and visitors alike feel at home wherever they go in the Golden State, from the beach to the Mission and from a Hollywood soundstage to a Silicon Valley cocktail party.

Hollywood Speak • Surf Slang • Pronunciation Guide • Northern California Slang • Southern California Slang • Tech Talk • Regional Nicknames

People are Talking…

“Full of knowing insights into seemingly small phrases that offer real glimpses into the way we live from how we talk.”
Larry Wilson, Pasadena Star News

Check out our feature in the California Today section of the New York Times!

About the Author

Helena Ventura is the pen name for a California writer of mystery and lore. Speaking for her will be the book’s editor, Colleen Dunn Bates, publisher of Prospect Park Books and a sixth-generation Californian.

Los Doyers • Karl the fog • slack • honeywagon • tightsauce • LBC • finna • scripty • pocho • Roaracle • eggy • kook • East Los • brogrammer • June gloom • thought leader • the Moe • flying in • hyphy • 909er • aggro • K-town • and so many more