I came across this list of words that you only hear in Miami and it is pretty accurate. If you know these words and their meaning, you are well on your way to communicating effectively in Miami.
However, I am very disappointed this list leaves out one of my favorite Miamian words; embarcate (em-bar-kate). That is the Miami way to describe being stood up or when you get stuck somewhere or in the company of a less than desirable person.
(Example 1: I’ll wait for you outside after work so you can pick me up, don’t embarcate me. Example 2: Maria dragged me to this crappy party and I got embarcated there.)
17 Terms Only Miamians Understand
You want to go to Miami Beach this weekend? Dale. You want to ask that guy out that you’ve been eyeing in algebra? Dale. You want to eat so many croquetas you look pregnant? Dale.
Always given to you by one of your tias, immediately passed along to your cousins, you know you’re in for a good roast session of whoever it’s about, usually shared over a cafecito (see next definition).
Who needs 5-hour energy when Cuban coffee is a thing? One of these babies will have you feeling invincible all day – till you crash, that is.
God’s gift to man. That is all.
By definition, they make the Papis go crazy, they use Sharpie as lip-liner, no one can glue their hair quite like them and all their jewelry can be found at the flea market for $2.99.
Ah, yes. Good old Armando Christian Perez, the pride and joy of Miami. You know you jam to Mr. 305, don’t lie to yourself.
7) Bird Road
Avoid at all costs between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm.
8) Tropical Park
Sunday birthday party central, home to Santa’s Enchanted Forest and the highest point of elevation in Miami, yeah you know the hill I’m talking about.
9) Santa’s Enchanted Forest
Games, food, rides, festivities! If you can’t afford to go to Mickey’s Christmas Party in Disney, hop on over to Santa’s! More like Santa’s Infected Forest, am I right people?
Essentially, this is just the Miami version of the colloquial term “ratchet.” Often prefaced by the word “super” – it’s a thing.
See the rest of the list HERE.