The use of slang is an integral part of Toronto culture. While the city is often credited for its origins, the slang is actually direct product of West Indian heritage that has simply become adopted and modified by Torontonians over the years.
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It’s difficult to have concrete definitions for the slang words because some of them may carry multiple meanings. A particular slang word may mean two completely different things in opposite regions of the GTA. That being said, people still attempt to establish “official” definitions in order to settle the debate once and for all.
One of those people is the anonymous mastermind behind @TheTorontoThug, a Twitter account dedicated to speaking brutally honest truths of living in Toronto. A few months ago, the user posted a photo set of 61 commonly used Toronto slang words and their definitions:
Toronto Slang translated into English pic.twitter.com/mjq3WaMMOM— The Toronto Thug (@TheTorontoThug) March 31, 2017
The tweet was a hit and garnered almost 5,000 likes and retweets altogether. However, it also received a slew of mixed reactions.
Some people were genuinely enlightened by the definitions, while others called the user out for getting a lot of the slang words wrong:
Lmaoo this is bless— keeil (@ChiefKeele) November 3, 2017
Love how it’s the same as London slang— Get money, bum! (@__Nate____) November 3, 2017
Perfect. Now I know @belminagic_ is lying when he says wallahi— L (@leilaa_zaki) April 2, 2017
Reading this with the Scarborough mans accent is perfect— BlackSchneider (@Shredz333) August 1, 2017
this is so helpful 😂 @Jcraib26— Mya (@_myadeus) March 31, 2017
jeeez on point still 😂😂😂— Gho$t_Rulo (@joshuaojuko) March 31, 2017
Lmao WHAT— Becka K (@itsmebeckak) April 1, 2017
A lot of this is wrong— Yasmine 🏴 (@yasmine_123_) October 25, 2017
So many of these are so wrong— sterlingg (@evanssterlingg) April 2, 2017
"wagwan" is not Toronto slang.. it's Jamaican patois🙄— Shanice Johnson (@IAmShaniceJ) April 1, 2017
Dis is wrong AF 😂😂😂😂— ♚ (@ytdaog) April 1, 2017
Dwl. Using Jamaican words out of context and then calling it Toronto Slang— Gol D. Roger (@joshcoke_) April 1, 2017
After reading some of these replies, it’s easy to see that Toronto slang is a truly complex phenomenon that will likely always be the topic of fiery debate in the city!