1. Originated in Oakland in the mid-70s.
2. Was originally pronounced "hell of" (NOT "hell of a").
4. Was funny because it confused people.
5. First used in a movie: E.T. (1982). Boy looks in fridge and mumbles to himself, "there's nothin' but hella shit in here."
6. Kids began to say "heck of" to keep from getting in trouble w/ parents.
"It's hella hot"
"That hella sucks"
The word hella dates back hella long. The first time I remember hearing it was in oakland in 1978.
Evreyone seems to think that the word originated in San Francisco, and thats hella wrong.
Northern California contaction of "hell of". Used like the adjectives "very" or "really", or the adverb "way". Often used by NorCal inhabitants without being aware. Very similar to the "wicked" of Boston. It is now generally only found in the Bay Area, specifically the East Bay, where its use has thrived. Not heard, ever, outside of Northern California.
That chick is hella ugly, dude.
Slow down, you're going hella fast.
it`s a word used in the yay and so-cal people are hella jealous cuz they ain`t got shit!
so-cal people are hella dumb and jealous they can`t live here.
Best word ever
Anyone who says it's not from NorCal is a hella big idiot.
Especially ppl from Las Vegas... fags
It's hella chill here.
Las Vegas is hella gay!
People who hate ppl saying hella are hella gay!
Hella is used mainly in Northern California/Central Valley. If one from NorCal or the Valley goes to vacation to the coast or SoCal and uses hella, they might be shunned or easily spotted as a tourist. Most who are not from the Valley or NorCal do not know how to use hella properly.
The most common use is when it replaces "very" or "a lot".
Normal: It was very hot and a lot of people went swimming.
Hella-fied: It was hella hot and hella people went swimming.
It can also replace "straight up" or "word".
Normal: Man, it's so hot!
Hella-fied: Man, it's hella hot!
Contraction of "Hell of..."
MEANING: "A lot of..." but not just in terms of quantity, but also magnatude.
*That greek def. (see above) is insane- whatever... "Hecka" was what a suburban loser from Walnut Creek (or Hayward) might say, simply because the word "Hell" as in "Hell-a" wasn't as commonly permitted in Sunday-school-going areas.
Circa 1980 (4th grade Berkeley, CA):
"His Vans are hella cool"
"Yeah... Jessie's hella fine"
Circa 1987 (B.H.S.)
"That party was hella weak"
"There were hella fools up here"
"He slings hella weed"