I don't usually take Facebook quizzes, but this one, "Which Stereotypical Californian Are You?" intrigued me.
the "city" or you already live in the "city". You probably know what
"hyphy" means. You're way better than those superficial snobs down in
LA. You probably voted for Obama or supported "Anybody but Bush".
You're gay friendly and 420 friendly and there's nothing wrong with
that! You appreciate trees, nature and fresh air! BART and MUNI are the
best right? Hellaaaaa. You probably refer to most of SoCal as LA. You
may have supported splitting the state into NorCal and SoCal at one
point. You know that you live in one of the best areas in the country
and possibly the world and you're not afraid to let people know.
Basically, you're hella cool.
A new specifier, HELLA, is found in the discourse of young speakers in the
San Francisco Bay Area, as seen in (1–2). (All data are naturally
occurring tokens collected in SF over the past two years.)
- My dad was hella mad
- It hella stinks in this bus.
Surprisingly, HELLA also appears to quantify both mass and count nouns,
as in (3–4), respectively:
- I bought hella cat food last week and it's all
- Dude, there were hella freaks at the Civic Center
The author finds that hella may be the widest-ranging specifier in the English language, as no other word can both qualify and quantify. It essentially combines the qualititative functions of "very" or "really," and the quantifying functions of "lots" or "many." The East coast has their own qualitative specifier, "wicked" ("that was a wicked fun time"), but it can't specify quantity like "hella."