fugazi (n.)—a fake or false item, typically a knockoff of a designer or expensive purse or piece of jewelry. Example: "The ham game. As the inebriated reality-TV show star says in the first episode of Season 1, "I felt like eating ham and drinking water… Ham [she shows it to the camera while making a raspberry noise." Definition: While in Yiddish, 'bubbe' is a term of endearment for grandmother, 'Real Housewives of New Jersey Star' Teresa Giudice used a plural form to … )—used to describe one who is uber-fabulous. Duarte. Angelina did not stay long during the first season of Jersey Shore, as her luggage would have indicated. From IT. "I am from NJ. Those words and phrases that are a little Italian, a little American, and a little slang. 15.8k. First, we start off banging the ground. " In regards to the "guido" stereotype and the depiction of working class Italian-American communities in American film, Peter Bondanella contends that: "Although some films view the working class as a potentially noble and dignified group, others see the working-class Italian American as a Guido or Guidette - part of a tasteless, uneducated, prejudiced group of characters with vulgar gold chains, big hair, and abrasive manners.". Or ( n.) the name of a man with a defined six-pack. She has a sick body. Next minute, somebody's in jail and you have to bail them out. After a difficult year, the most notorious cast member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle, sees an "energist" who instills in her new values about peace, love, and light. TIL the Italian words widely used in New Jersey differ greatly from mainstream Italian today not because of bad "copying" but because the words came from people speaking an Italian dialect that subsequently died out in Italy. Chris Manzo, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, gorilla (n.)—an extremely muscular man. Although the casts of Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey have both had their fair share of the traditional battles, the phrase "battle it out" actually refers to dancing one's butt off, likely in a tight-fitting shirt-turned-dress with multiple slits, at a nightclub. The Italian words widely used in New Jersey… July 19, 2016 Weirdo The Italian words widely used in New Jersey differ greatly from mainstream Italian today not because of bad “copying” but because the words came from people speaking an Italian dialect that subsequently died out in Italy. It's also the site where Vinny nearly contracted pinkeye and where most major romantic eruptions occurred. I feel the beat, right? bubbies (n. pl)—a synonym for breasts ( see also, chucky). And then, the last thing that you need to take care of is the outfit, OK? What is that, a sundress?" Words every paesano and Bacciagaloop has heard, words we hear throughout our Little Italy neighborhoods of New York and New Jersey. paesan’ – fellow Italian countryman (paesano) [pai-ZAAN] panzagin’! The New York Times had an interesting article about Italian dialects, but the link will be unavailable in about two days. Originally, the term was used as a demeaning term for Italian-Americans in general. Effective? creep (v.)—to hit on girls ( see also, vibe). Example: "Down here at the Shore, one minute you got three girls in the Jacuzzi. "Is that fake Louis Vuitton? Example: "Maybe bring some respectable girls with class into this house, not trash. "—Mike "The Situation," Jersey Shore. Don’t be a "fugazi"—The Daily Beast has a glossary of key terms. I sure as hell don't pump my own gas. "—J-WOWW, Jersey Shore, grenade (n.)—"a bigger, ugly chick" who is friends with a hotter chick your friend and/or housemate is "creepin'" on. "—Vinny, Jersey Shore, pouf (n.)—a female hairstyle in which a large portion of hair is raised at the crown of one's head and secured with a banana clip. It was mostly spoken in tightly-knit Italian communities and neighborhoods. New Yorkers using Italian words will often drop the final vowel. Arriving at Seaside Heights with her belongings in large black trash bags, the prickly princess from Staten Island did not exactly hit it off with her castmates. Or (n) Teresa Giudice's clothing line. ham game (n.)—an activity in which pork product is thrown at one's relatives, with the desired effect of it sticking on one's face. I know what real pizza tastes like, and I know that a bagel is much more than a fuckin' roll with a hole in the middle. "—Ronnie, Jersey Shore. Archived. battle (v.)—to dance in a friendly yet somewhat competitive manner at a nightclub while house music blasts ( see also, Karma). Example: "Everybody at the Shore definitely knows The Situation. American Italian is an Italian-American pidgin language developed in the early 20th century by Italian immigrants settling in American cities and metropolitan areas, especially in New York and New Jersey. )—the way an Italian family and surrounding friends bond with each other. "—Vinny, Jersey Shore. You know about blowouts and T-shirt time, but the third season of Jersey Shore brought us a new lexicon. Close. Best if combined with "fresh to death.". , The word "guido" is derived from the European given name "Guido", originally the Italian version of the French given name Guy. 25 Italian Slang Words to Help You Hit a Bullseye with Your Slangshot! "—Mike "The Situation," Jersey Shore. Still not sure what the guidos and guidettes of Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey are doing when they "beat the beat," "smush," or consume "calamad"? Skip ahead in the list by clicking on an index letter below. It might just so happen that my fist might pump in the air. When she tried to explain that she is skeeved out by the idea of living in a home that's already been lived in, she coins the term "cleansy" and the accompanying noun, "cleansiness." Nancy Carnevale, author of A New Language, A New World: Italian Immigrants in the United States, 1890-1945 said, “I grew up in Princeton, which had a pretty big Italian population. These top 25 most used and most useful Italian slang words and phrases will make your Italian totally sick! SoCo (n.)—the abbreviation for the liqueur known as Southern Comfort, often consumed as a shot with lime. Vibe killed? "To my knowledge, there really isn't a guido culture up there," J-WOWW recently told Rolling Stone. "I always say, 'Stay in the positive,' and I wish everybody love and light," she explains, despite mockery from her fellow castmates. energist (n.)—a personal trainer for one's spirit. ", According to author and professor Pellegrino D'Acierno, "guido" is a derogatory term for stereotypical working class or lower class Italian-American males, "a pejorative term applied to lower-class, [Italian-American], macho, gold-amulet-wearing, self-displaying neighborhood boys [...] [with a] penchant for cruising in hot cars [...] Guidette is their gum-chewing, big-haired, air-headed female counterpart. Albie, 24, Lauren, 22, and Christopher, 21, partake in the spontaneous pastime of chucking deli meats at each other's faces, until their tough-as-nails mother, Caroline, gives them a look and expresses her disapproval. While Vinny hoped to pound just about anyone, and The Situation and Pauly D creeped on many guidettes at the Shore, Ronnie and Sammi developed a relationship that did lead to some sweet smushing. If only The Situation was as much of a ladies' man as he is a wordsmith. , MTV caused controversy in 2009 when they used the term in promotions for the reality television show Jersey Shore. After a massive fight at the North Jersey Country Club on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Jacqueline receives a phone call from Danielle's "energist," Sarai, who hopes to clear the air between the former friends. [paan-zaa-GEEN] pasta vasul’ – Italian soup (pasta fagioli) [pasta-faa-ZOOL] pastin’ – small, star-shaped pasta (pastina) [paa-STEEN] pizzagain’ – Italian meat pie (pizzagaina) [pizza-GAIN] pizzolino – afternoon nap (pisolino) [peetz-o … But the slang Italian term came up on this season's The Real Housewives of New Jersey when Teresa's husband, Joe, who's been hit by the economy, doesn't know how he'll be able to buy her a gift for their impending 10th anniversary. ", fist pump (n., v.)—an enthusiastic punch into the air with one's hand, typically performed as a nonviolent dance move. She's hot. Example: "Tanya and I, you know, we're vibin'. The term is used in states and metropolitan areas associated with large Italian-American populations, such as New York City, Buffalo, Detroit, Ohio, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston, Providence, and New Jersey. There's nothing funny about the ham game. The Jersey Shore cast’s explanation of Sunday dinner with “mutzadell” and gravy was probably equally as challenging for the rest of the country to comprehend. 13 slang words every New ... prosciutt, etc., because all New Yorkers are also a little bit Italian ... this is a scathing commentary on anyone obviously in the city from Long Island or New Jersey. a mafioso's mistress. Jaimie Etkin is an assistant culture editor at The Daily Beast. I've saved the article, and will summarize with extensive paraphase. After he finds a young woman intrigued by his inquisitive eyebrows, bedazzled T-shirt, and equally flashy chain, Sitch learns she does not travel lightly, but rather with a group of somewhat beastly cohorts, including an old grenade. ... How to speak New Jersey restaurant Italian - … They have meanings that are … Middle America and the West Coast became keen to the Jersey accent through pop culture. "—Caroline, The Real Housewives of New Jersey. It tends to be done in groups, set to techno beats, and often reveals a sweat-stained T-shirt. I didn't know what to do. Down The Shore. Example: "There's one huge grenade launcher, there's one grenade, and then there's one cutie." to blog", "Italian-American Groups Ask MTV to Cancel 'Jersey Shore, "Banned: Jersey Shore Brands Ed Hardy, Affliction, Christian Audigier", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Guido_(slang)&oldid=996511052, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 27 December 2020, at 01:20. Joe Leone from Joe Leone's Italian Specialties demonstrates the unusual pronunciations that Jersey Italians have for some of our words! Clearly, ham brings out the fun in everyone. ( see also, grenade launcher and landmine). Just keep in mind that most of these phrases are idiomatic. 2. Jersey Shore's J-WOWW also has a fondness for cold cuts—but more so in a drunken state. I don't mind it up against me… at all. Sometimes, those who have experience battling will do back flips, regardless of revealing undergarments. , The term is used in states and metropolitan areas associated with large Italian-American populations, such as New York City, Buffalo, Detroit, Ohio, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston, Providence, and New Jersey. The word also has taken on a wide range of meanings—whether it's pounding back your fifth SoCo shot, referencing a modern day handshake in which two people knock fists, or for those who want to shake more than hands after many a beverage, it can denote aggressive sex, preferably in the Jacuzzi. While deli counter signs define these food items as capicola and mozzarella, in New Jersey the proper forms of these words – and others like ricotta (“ree-g… ", Example: "I see a bunch of gorilla juice heads. Mike, "The Situation" Jersey Shore. Though her youngest child pleads, "Get the nice ham for food, and the cheap ham for the game," Mama Manzo is not a fan. stage five clinger (n.)—a member of the opposite sex who becomes excessively attached incredibly early on in the relationship. Plus: Check out more of the latest entertainment, fashion, and culture coverage on Sexy Beast—photos, videos, features, and Tweets. When Jersey Shore began, Mike "The Situation" made his now-signature nickname awfully confusing—was he "The Situation"? "Mozzarella'' becomes "mozzarell," for example. Absolutely nobody in any part of New Jersey says "Joisey". There's nothing good about the ham game. Soon, viewers learn that the appropriate retort for being told to "pay attention, puh-lease," is " prostitution whore." "—Teresa, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, landmine (n.)—"a thin, ugly chick" ( see also, grenade and grenade launcher). "—Vinny, Jersey Shore (aka the founder of the still-catching-on ritual of BPB). In other places they just call it “ice,” or sometimes “Italian ice,” (though we all swear that’s a totally different thing), but we call the frosty, flavored treat water ice. But the two are not necessary mutually exclusive. "—Snooki, Jersey Shore. However, in Season 1 of Jersey Shore, Vinny was both vibing and creeping on Tanya, whom he later learned was his boss and landlord's woman. It's like we beat up that beat. You are excluded from dinner, then. She's a cool girl. Example: "She's talking about puffy chucky. Example: "Ronnie is at the club, hooking up with grenades—that is, bigger, ugly chicks—and also landmines, which is a thin, ugly chick, and loving life. The ‘dialect’ was prominent in East-Coast US cities, such as Newark, Paterson, New York City (especially Manhattan and Brooklyn), and Boston. But the metaphor continued. compare = buddy. The New York-born girl may be have grown up near the state's capital, but she found her primate type in college. We start hooking up a little bit. Or were his abs "The Situation"? "—Vinny, Jersey Shore, table flip (n.)—the act of turning over a table after becoming so enraged and angry with someone. It is based on the Italian language, and it contains a mixture of Sicilian- and Neapolitan-inspired dialect words and phrases. "—Sammi "Sweetheart," Jersey Shore, Kim (n.)—the name of many women who live in New Jersey over the age of 40. GTL is the key to a put-together guido, according to "The Situation". She's also a big fan of familial similes. While the acting of smushing and pounding may seem synonymous, this is actually the more gentle lovemaking that goes down on Jersey Shore. This is the Italian equivalent to when we say “no worries.” It essentially means it’s nothing, or don’t worry about it. It’s a great place to start when you want to express your irritation, but you don’t want to make a production of it. ( see also, prostitution whore), After she referred to Danielle as a "prostitution whore" on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa took it to a whole other level when she lifted up the restaurant's dining room table the show's cast was gathered around during the Season 1 finale. I didn't know what to say. love and light (n.)—a mantra about giving and receiving positivity in the universe. ( antonym, prostitution whore), The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa has created her own term to describe her pink-and-leopard-print-loving daughters. ", Example: "I dance because it's something inside of me. down the Shore (n.)—a synonym for the Jersey Shore, which refers to both the Atlantic coast of New Jersey and all adjacent resorts, motels, and residential communities. In the New York - New Jersey area in particular, many people of Italian-American descent have developed their own version of Italian slang, that I'll call N'Italian. "One girl started charging me like a fucking hippo," she says of her unintentional trip to the zoo. This is a collection of Mafia-related slang. When everyone's favorite tiny Jersey Shore housemate is Snookin' for love, she has her eye on a particular type of guy—who has the tan to match hers and muscles to sweep her off her feet. This adjectival phrase is how Jersey Shore's Pauly D describes his personal and unique (at least, outside of Long Island, Staten Island, and New Jersey) look. For many Italian Americans, the conventional definition of pound does apply when purchasing necessary culinary ingredients, i.e. We made up our own language! But let's allow The Situation to explain the essentially religious ritual of GTL: "You know, I like to look very fresh and mint when I go out, so you know, everything goes into it. Example: "Yeah, we smushed. I'm not sure if my hair's bulletproof, I'm not willing to try that," he said in one Season 1 episode. ", prostitution whore (n.)—someone who has been fucking engaged 19 times. Seemingly, all are applicable. Sammi "Sweetheart" yells on Jersey Shore during yet another brawl. From now on, you are excluded from surf 'n' turf night, you are excluded from ravioli night, you are excluded from chicken cutlet night. Still not sure what the guidos and guidettes of Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey are doing when they " beat the beat," " smush," or consume " calamad"?  Slicked-back hair and pompadours, blowouts, tapers, quiffs, fades and heavily pomaded or gelled hair are also common stereotypes. When Mike "The Situation" refuses to clean up the feast he's prepared for his housemates on Jersey Shore, he and former flame Sammi "Sweetheart" get into a fight and he ultimately retaliates in the cruelest of ways. And if you feel off, you're not gonna have a good night. Posted by 4 years ago. Or the act of punching the air with one's hand in the same fashion. 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