Palm Beach Slang
by Gabriela Garcia, an AOL Travel ContributorPosted Oct 13th 2010 04:35 AM
1. PBC, RPB, LTA
Where is PBC and how do you get to RPB? Sometimes listening to Palm Beach residents speak in local lingo can sound like you're listening in on a futuristic robot language. That's because Palm Beach slang speakers are very fond of three-letter acronyms. Hardly anyone says "Palm Beach County" when referring to the location. They all say "PBC." Likewise, the area of Royal Palm Beach is known as RPB, and the town of Lantana is known as LTA. Which takes us to the next point...
2. PBC Vs. Palm Beach Vs. West Palm Beach
Just figuring out where you're located in Palm Beach local language can be a complicated affair. It is a large county that encompasses 38 municipalities, which include Boca Raton, Jupiter, Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and others. It is assumed, however, that if you say only "Palm Beach," you are referring to the wealthy enclave of Palm Beach Island, which is separated from the mainland by an intercoastal waterway.
West Palm Beach is another municipality to the, you guessed it, west of Palm Beach Island. If you hear someone say they are from "PBC," they are referring to the entire county that most outsiders think of as Palm Beach. It gets even more confusing with small areas within the county of Palm Beach that have Palm Beach in their name, such as the village of Royal Palm Beach. It's all a very giant tongue twister.
3. Treasure Coast
Someone may suggest that if you are in Palm Beach, you should take a scenic drive along the Treasure Coast. The Treasure Coast is just the local term for the coast that extends from Palm Beach County north to Indian River County, because in the 17th century it was dotted by shipwrecks. While you're unlikely to find any actual pirate booty, you will enjoy some wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean.
4. Rodeo Drive of Florida
If you're on a ritzy vacation on Palm Beach Island and someone suggests that you must visit the Rodeo Drive of Florida, you might wonder why it's missing from your map. What is really being referred to is Worth Avenue, a historic street that is a Palm Beach architectural landmark and is populated by exclusive, high-end designer shops.
Someone from Palm Beach Island might also tell you that it is a completely different world OTB, which will again sound like a strange acronymic robot statement. OTB means "over the bridge." Indeed, Palm Beach Island and the communities on the other side of the inter-coastal waterway consider themselves worlds apart.
6. L Dubb, The Raw, Muck Town:
These are all names for some of the beaches and communities on the Palm Beach mainland that you won't find in your guidebook. L Dubb is slang for Lake Worth and The Raw is slang for Riviera Beach. Boynton Beach is usually referred to as Muck Town.
7. Slayed/Getting Tried
This is one example of Palm Beach local language that you'll hear "over the bridge," but probably not on Palm Beach Island. Let's say your significant other cheated on you. Or you're trying to get through a packed Palm Beach club and someone pushes you roughly. There are two ways of referring what just happened to you: you got "slayed," or you got "tried." Both are a way of saying that someone has provoked you, or made a mockery of you, and that requires a response.
8. Bust it off
Now going along with that same scenario, you might receive some advice from a Palm Beach local who suggests you just "bust if off." If you're not from the area, you may wonder whether you should bust through a door and take some aggressive action or sculpt an artistic bust of the perpetrating party. In truth, they are suggesting you just "brush it off" in Palm Beach slang.
Someone at that same club may suggest that it's not worth staying at the establishment because it is just full of "jits." This may send you into a panic as you wonder the horrifying possibilities of what could be in your midst. Don't freak out - "jit" is one of the Palm Beach slang phrases for teens or young people, usually used as a negative term to signify people who are immature or annoying.
However, if the jits really are minors at a 21-and-over club, the trolls might come to break up the party. But they won't be sporting colorful fluffy hair or ogre-like features (although anything is possible). This is a recent Palm Beach slang term for police officers, which is believed to have originated from a local hip hop song.
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