Tybee Slang

Posted By The Tybee Guy / May 21, 2015 / , , , / 9 Comments

Christain-Garrett-SchleyI was recently having a conversation with a tourist about Tybee’s past settlers and their languages. The island has had numerous settlers with languages from Native American to Korean and Spanish.  I was asked “What language is most spoken on Tybee today?” Some say “Tybeenian” and some say “Tybeenese”. Regardless of the language, we have lots of Tybee slang. Here is some of the Tybee slang you may encounter on your visit:

  • Tybeenian– one of the languages spoken on Tybee that is a mixture of proper English, redneck, northern,and southern.
  • Tybeenese– this is the language mainly spoken when someone is intoxicated. It is a jumbled mixture of slurred words that you can’t really understand. Some do a really good impression of Ozzy Osbourne when speaking this.
  • Tybee Flu– a hangover after a long night of drinking
  • Tybeeitis– the fear of crossing Lazaretto Creek Bridge
  • Sprayers– the idiot who stand up wind and spray themselves and everybody else with sunblock.
  • Long Board– similar to a skateboard but longer and thinner.
  • Drunken Bicycle– this is when somebody has been drinking and their bicycle causes them to have a accident. The bicycle was drunk,not the person riding it.
  • Tybee Tattoo– road rash gotten from a longboard or drunken bicycle accident. Also gotten by falling off a surfboard and hitting the ocean floor. The sand is just as hard and rough as the road.
  • SUPing– short for stand up paddle boarding
  • Yakin– short for kayaking
  • Hooterville– this is the area around Tybrisa St. on a hot summers day
  • A.W.A.F. – “Alcohol Was A Factor” ; Usually included in describing how someone received a Tybee tattoo. You can thank the infamous Queen Roma and Fannie’s on the Beach‘s Board Meeting for this one. 
  • Day Trippers– people who live in and around the Savannah area who come to the beach for the day.
  • Noseeums– the bugs that you feel biting you but you can’t see them; black nats
  • Chicky– a guy’s female friend
  • Tybee Cat– a raccoon. They are everywhere on the island.
  • Coastie– The men and women of the U.S. Coastguard Tybee Island Station who fly low over our homes removing a handful of roof shingles from our homes each time they pass. Their motto is “We do it in the air and the Water.”
  • Squirrel Man– this guy really does exist. Watch comedian Ron White’s “Squirrel Man” video for the explanation of this one.
  • The Poo– what the locals call Hucapoo’s,one of our fine drinking establishments with the best pizza on the island.
  • Mayberry by the Sea– another name for Tybee
  • The Sandbar– another name for tybee. With tybee being 3 miles long and 1 mile wide it is considered a sandbar by locals.
  • The Pond– this is what the locals call the body of water that is out in front of the island. Better known as the ocean.
  • Down Front– the area around Spanky’s and Tybee Time on Strand Ave.
  • Tybee Coconut– how gossip gets around the island.
  • The Nude Beach– Swimwear styles are becoming more revealing, so the locals have been referring to all of the beach as the nude beach.
  • Blow Out – When your walking and one of your flip-flop breaks on you mid step.

I could literally write a book on Tybee slang and local sayings. If you want to know more about our languages and slang, come visit Tybee to hear them for yourself. Y’all come see us. We will leave the lighthouse on for ya.

IMG_1688.JPGThe Tybee Guy
The Tybee Guy is an Alabama native whose curiosity of the island life and love for living by the water brought him to Tybee Island in August of 2011. He has numerous interest including history and outdoor activities in which Tybee is rich in both.


Featured Image Photo Credit to Christina Garrett Schley



  • Angie P
    November 30, 2020 at 9:17 am

    I love living the beach life in Tybee. Every time we come down to visit, we rent from one of the local companies and it really makes you feel at home. This is where we stayed when we brought our grandkids https://www.southernbellevacationrentals.com/vacation-rental-home.asp?PageDataID=170610

  • Freda Rutherford
    October 3, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Just one correction: Roma was President of the Bored.

    • Charissa
      October 5, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks Freda 🙂

  • Tybee Jack
    May 22, 2015 at 9:49 am

    One more slang:
    Tourons noticeable tourists that drive too slow on Jones Ave and ask where the beach and lighthouse are located.

    • TybeeJim
      October 4, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Also, Tourons is a combination of tourists and morons if it isn’t obvious to some. Alternatively, “Touristas” is also quite common. I also refer to those living west of Lazaretto as “Hill People”

  • Sherri simmons
    May 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Sooooo funny……and so true!

  • Katherine
    May 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    We love coming to Tybee. Only problem now is we own a Labrador retriever and according to renters/owners there no pets are allowed on the beach. If you can refer us to someone that will rent to us WE ARE THERE !! ❤️❤️

    • Charissa
      May 21, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Hello there,

      Try this link:
      Pet Friendly Search Results

      You may also search using ‘pet’ or ‘pet friendly’ as your keyword.

      Good Luck!

    • Chelsea
      May 22, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      There are lots of vacation rentals on Tybee that are pet friendly. Try the website Vacation Rentals By Owner or VRBO. You can narrow searches down to just pet friendly rentals.

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