EAST BAY: East side of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, also (albeit totally undeserving EB status) San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont...
"Just take BART to the East Bay"
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"
Geek, loser, social reject.
Circa 1980, Bay Area, CA
"You kissed HIM?! Ewww... He's such a total GUMP!"