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Do Americans use the word 'mad' as slang meaning good? (self.answers)
submitted 1 year ago by crookers
Just wondering if I sound like an idiot when I use it on reddit..
[–]Pinwurm 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago
At least in the northeast, Mad is slang for "very".
Example: "That was mad difficult" -> That was very difficult.
You can even say, "he was mad mad" -> he was very mad.
[–][deleted] 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
i thought that whole "mad" thing was outdated. and i'm even old (reddit-wise), which means i catch up to things much slower.
[–]Pinwurm 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago
Yeah, its a bit outdated now.
[–]TasteThePaste 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago
It's much bigger in east than anywhere else I know of. A lot of slang is regional.
[–]dedicationhardwork 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago
As someone born and raised in New Jersey, I believe "mad" is more often used as a synonym for "very." As in "they were mad excited."
[–]fubo 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago
Yep. The Northern California equivalent is "hella".
[–]rm999 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago
No, but as others have said it does mean 'very' on parts of the east coast. But even in those regions a lot of people don't say it; frankly I think it makes people sound kind of dumb, but it's not huge in the region I'm from (DC/MD area).
[–]elasto 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago
Sometimes. The most often I hear it is in reference to video game skills, as in: "You have mad skillz."
[–]crookers[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago
mad! thanks everyone
[–]ephemeron0 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago
to clarify what others have said...
in usages that have been cited, mad is still being used to mean "insane or crazy". However, this usage of insane or crazy is meant to mean "very".
[–]redliza 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago
I never hear this in the northwest, aside from maybe a geek saying "mad skillz". In fact, we sometimes (rarely) use "crazy" to mean "very" instead.
[–]ModernRonin -2 points-1 points0 points 1 year ago
Not generally. "Mad" usually means "angry." There is sometimes a slang usage of "insane" to mean "insanely good".
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