I 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.
The 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