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8 words every Bay Area runner should know

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One of the many great things about being from the Bay is that we practically speak a different language than the rest of the country. If you’re planning on running in the Bay and you’re not from the Bay, here’s a brief dictionary of words you should definitely know.

1.  Yee

“Yee” is a variation of “yes,” but it’s a way of agreeing to a plan or statement with a level of excitement that doesn’t always necessitate an exclamation point.

  • “Are you going to run through Golden Gate Park?” “Yee.”

2.  Good Looks

“Good looks” is a shortening of the phrase “good looking out,” which is a variation of “thank you for your help and consideration.” It’s best used when someone answers a request for information (typically via text), or when someone does a favor for you.

  • “Hey, how was the run on Embarcadero?”
    “Definitely one to remember! You’ll love it.”
    “Good looks.”
  • “Excuse me, your shoes are untied.”
    “Good looks!”

3. Coo

“Coo” is a shortening of “cool” that can be used it two ways. “I’m coo off ___,” translates to “I’m over this person or this thing.” It can also be used to describe a desirable or attractive female.

  • “You want the rest of these wings?”
    “Nah, I’m coo off wings. I gotta stay in shape for this marathon coming up.”
  • “Kristen is coo.” (When used in this way, there’s an emphasis and elongation of the ‘oooo’ sound that begs an agreement, as if you’re saying, “Kristen is so sexy, am I right?”)

4.  On Mommas

“On mommas” is short for “I put that on my momma,” which is a way of emphasizing that whatever you’re saying is the truth.

  • “Did you really run a marathon in 1:00:00?”
    “Of course I did! On mommas.”

5.  Swoop

“Swoop” is a substitute for “pick up.”

  • “If you want to go run, I’ll swoop you in five.”

6.  Giggin’

“Giggin’’ is a verb used as a substitute for “having a really, really great time” or “completely elated and in your own world, often while dancing.” It isn’t used as frequently as some of the other words, but it’s unique in that there isn’t really an English word that says as much as “giggin.”

  • “Did you like my dance after I finished that marathon?”
    “Yeah you were giggin’!”

7.  Fasho

“Fasho” may not have originated from the Bay, but I’ve never heard someone from NorCal use “definitely,” “okay,” “yes,” or “you’re welcome,” so it’s a versatile word that’s used quite often. All of the following statements could precede the response ‘fasho’:

  • “I’ll be there in 5”
  • “Is it cool if I grab a drink from your fridge before we hit this 2 mile?”

Next time you’re running in the Bay, swoop some Swiftwick socks at your local Swiftwick retailer! Trust us, you’ll be giggin’.

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