I’m cool, (im kool) Phrase meaning “don’t count me in.” “She said she wanted to give him my number, and I said, I’m cool.” [Etym., Hip hop]

I’m down, (im down) Phrase meaning “count me in.” “If everyone wants to go there, I’m down.” [Etym., Hip hop]


Jabronie, (ja-BROE-nee) n., A stupid, weak person. “Get up, ya big jabronie.” [Etym., wrestling.]

Jack, (jak) v., To steal “She jacked a candy bar from the grocery store.” [Etym., Hip hop]

Jake, adj., Everything is going well. “I got the money and the car, everything’s jake.” [Etym., African American, 1940’s]

Jank (jank) verb, (past participle: janked) steal. “I janked this gum from Walgreen’s.” [Etym., African American]

Jankity (JAN-ki-tee) adj., (also: janky, janked, jankity-ass, jankity-assed) in bad shape, broken, old, in disrepair, messed up. “Her old backpack was hecka jankity.” “I’ve got a jankity TI-82.” [Etym., African American]

Jargon, (JAR-gon) n., confusion. “Don’t look at me, that’s jargon.” [Etym., 90’s youth culture]

Jason, (JAY-son) interjection. Also: J, Jas. Exclamation used to express wonder, amazement, respect. “What a jump shot! Jason!” [Etym., 90’s Berkeley]

Jimmy, (JI-mee) n., A condom. “You’d better make sure you have a jimmy.” [Etym., Hip Hop]

Jobber (JAH-bur) n., Someone who’s only reason for being someplace, especially in the ring, is to draw attention to the fan favorite. “Al Snow is such a jobber.” [Etym., Wrestling.]

Jock, (jahk) v., To like, care for, have a crush on, flirt with. “She really jocks you.” [Etym., 90’s youth]

Joint, (joynt) n., A marijuana cigarette. “He rolled a joint.” [Etym., 30’s drug sub-culture]

Jones, (jonz) n., The craving for drugs, especially heroin. Also used for craving for other things. v., to crave drugs. “I’ve got a jones for chocolate tonight.” “He’s really jonsin’”[Etym., drug subculture, 1960’s]

Juice, (joos) n., Alcohol. “Let’s get some juice and have a party.” Also: juicer, n., an alcoholic. Also: juiced, v., past part., excited, anticipatory, “I’m so juiced for the game that I can hardly concentrate on homework.” [Etym., African American, 1950’s]

Juvie, (JEW-vee) n., Juvenile hall. “After the fight, two of them got taken out to juvie.” [Etym., 90’s youth culture]


Key, (kee) adj., or n., the best, good. “I gotta say, Sublime is key.” [Etym., 90’s youth]

Keyed, (keed) v., past participle, Drunk or high. “At the rave, we were all keyed.” [Etym., 90’s youth]

Kicks, (kiks) n., Shoes. “I was feeling mighty light in my new kicks.” [Etym., 90’s youth]

Kinder Bat, (KIN-dur bat) n., A person new to the Goth scene, a partial Goth. “I’m seeing a lot of new Kinder Bats at the Rocky Horror Picture Show.” [Etym., 90’s youth, from German kinder, child; child-bat] see Goth

Knockin’, (NOK-in) v. pres. participle., sweet, fine, beautiful, awesome. “Man, that old Mustang is really knockin’” [Etym., 90’s youth]

Kvetch, (kvetch) v., To complain, especially in an annoying or nagging way. “Why do you kvetch and kvetch?” Also, noun, A complainer, whiner. “She is such a kvetch.” [Etym., Yiddish]

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