Myrtle Beach Slang
So you're headed to Myrtle Beach for that last minute beach weekend, maybe your thinking of visiting some family in the area, or possibly you're just cruising through on your next road trip. Any reason for visiting the area is a good reason to brush up on some of the lingo only found in the Laguna Beach of the Carolinas. I have met more than one yank who has shown up at a fish camp with his rod and reel ready to go only to find all the fish are already dead. So read on and maybe save yourself a little bit of embarrassment when trying to cruise with the locals.
10.) Boiled Goobers
Most people will encounter this one in your local restaurant. If offered a pile of boiled goobers, always accept. Carolinians from the coast consider boiled peanuts a delicacy of the highest account. So high that they needed a fancy name, and over time the term boiled goober was coined and no one seems to understand why. Many Yankees have unknowingly turned down one of the best appetizers by thinking they were being offered all sorts of things, but if they would have asked, they would have found these salty treats to be well worth the trial.
9.) Nickel and Dime
These little shops seem to be squeezed into every empty lot and corner in the area. They are stuffed with everything from Caribbean seashells to alligator heads. They often have some sort of piercing studio inside and have a henna tattoo artist onsite. If your hunting souvenirs for friends back home, they are a great place to shop. Don't bother stopping at more than one though; as much as every yellow topped building will advertise "The Greatest Selection in Myrtle Beach," they are almost all the same, with the same imported stuff.
8.) Rainbow Square
This one is self explanatory. The three gay bars in Myrtle Beach all back into a square parking lot most just call the "Rainbow Square." This area is a very common cruising spot on weekends, due in part to the dirt Cheap Rainbow Hotel just a block away. Every once in a while block parties are thrown by all three clubs in the square, hidden from the persecuting eyes of other southerners. If you aren't looking for this type of fun, this is an area you may want to just avoid.
Southerners like to make fun of Yankees, it's just a fact of life. But when they don't want you to know they are making fun of you, you will often hear something along the lines of "They might be stupid enough up by the Masey/Dixy." It's a reference to the line that separated the Union from the Confederacy back in the Civil War, the Mason-Dixon Line.
More often heard during one of the two bike weeks that happen during the summers in Myrtle Beach, this slang is one of the highest insults one biker might through at another. SQUirrely kID is another name for a novice rider. Someone with no respect for the laws of riding, who attempts things out of their experience range, is often named a squid. I wouldn't advertise the fact that you were given your new "biker nickname" very much at the bar after a longs days ride.
5.) Pool Cruising
A favorite pastime of the local boys from Conway and Aynor, pool cruising is the art of sneaking into hotel pools to hit on girls. A pool cruiser often has a million stories about where they are from, and who they are, but they are just out to have a good time. Girls these boys are easily spotted by their Rainbow sandals and their set in tans. Unless you are looking for a one nighters with a local, avoid them and their stories.
If you're a fisherman, and you're ever offered moonlighting, then go. This is fishing as the full dark comes on, the moon is rising, and the tide comes in. Certain species of surf fish are more active during moonlight, and thus this type of fishing is on the rise. It is not without its perils though; the sharks you can see by daylight from the piers are still there, and hooking one of those at night, you probably just want to cut your line and let it go. Also, I recommend leaving any bait not on your hook back on the beach, high enough that the tide won't carry it off.
3.) Patio Party
A local tradition of sneaking into the patios of large beachside houses while the owners are away and throwing a keg driven party. These parties are very illegal, but can be a good way to mingle with the locals. When approaching one of these parties it is considered polite to park a few blocks away, and walk on the beach to the house so huge groups of people heading in the same direction do not draw attention.
2.) Fish Camp
Put your tents and lures away, there is no fishing here. These mom-and-pop shacks are often the best places to find fried catfish. A traditional eatery on Sunday mornings, they often have only two drink options; sweet or unsweet, and with your tea you're going to be given a plate of hushpuppies to start off with. These amazing balls of fried cornflower are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and so full of greasy calories, you can't stop eating them!
1.) Myrtle Beach
This is the biggest misconception ever. Most people book a hotel in "Myrtle Beach" online and think that they are going to be right on the strip next to Kryptonite and Senor Frogs with the sand inches from their doorstep. I hate to tell ya this, but Myrtle Beach is a city in South Carolina, but as far as vacation websites go, this is an area stretching over 45 miles. From Cherry Grove, North Carolina to Surfside, South Carolina, it is an area dotted with dozens of little cities, each with its own type of attraction and tailored clientele. Working at a golf course I once heard a few guys standing in the parking lot using every dirty word in the book. They just couldn't understand how their friends were taking over an hour to meet them when they were both staying in "Myrtle Beach." Once I explained to them that they were actually in North Myrtle Beach and their friends were down in Surfside, and there was about an hour and twenty minute drive separating them, the swearing really started. So please, before making reservations, check your location.