slang-computerBy MADELINE STONE, Business Insider — California is known by many as the land of beautiful celebrities, packed freeways, and perpetual summer.

But the nation’s third-largest state also has a huge variety of people with very distinct ways of speaking, from valley girl speak to surfer lingo to slang inspired by Bay Area hip hop.

The people of the Golden State speak a dialect distinct enough to warrant its own name: California English.

Inspired by Business Insider’s recent roundups of expressions from the SouthMidwest, and New England, we’ve come up with 12 sayings that only people who hail from the Golden State will understand.

1. “There’s a Sigalert for the carpool lane on the 5 south.”

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