From A to Z: A Guide to Riverdale's Slang

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Riverdale is a strange town with a strange vernacular.

When Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica aren't throwing pop culture references at you, they're using phrases like "Jingle Jangle" and "Sticky Maple."

Regardless if you're a longtime resident or new in town, sometimes, it's hard to keep up.

That's why we've put together a trusted little glossary of Riverdale's terminology and slang. 


1. Bijou - Riverdale Glossary

Bijou - Riverdale Glossary
Let's start with something simple, shall we? The Bijou is Riverdale's movie theater. It's where Archie catches a movie with Jughead every year for his birthday. Except for this year, when Betty, Jughead's new GF joined in on the fun.

2. Blue and Gold - Riverdale Glossary

Blue and Gold - Riverdale Glossary
Riverdale High's very own student-run newspaper. And by student-run, I mean it was inactive till Betty and Jughead restored it to its full glory before he transferred to Southside High. Of course, Betty's mom Alice serves as an advisor.

3. Bughead - Riverdale Glossary

Bughead - Riverdale Glossary
When two characters get together on a TV show, fans start to 'ship' them and they give them a ship-name. Bughead is the combined name for one of the show's fave couples, Betty and Jughead.

4. Chugmo - Riverdale Glossary

Chugmo - Riverdale Glossary
Riverdale's chain liquor store, which was going to replace Pop's after Fred's shooting until the Lodge's bought the place out ensuring it will continue serving milkshakes and burgers for years to come.

5. Fox Forest - Riverdale Glossary

Fox Forest - Riverdale Glossary
Fox Forest sees a lot of action and I'm not simply talking murder. The forest is where gay men, including Kevin, go cruising or night jogging, which is code for secretly finding other men to satisfy their needs.

6. Ghoulies - Riverdale Glossary

Ghoulies - Riverdale Glossary
Jughead first learned about the Ghoulies, the Southside Serpent's rival gang, when he transferred schools. They may be responsible for beating him up on his first day. Keywords: may be.

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Riverdale Quotes

Veronica: What the hell is a "Sticky Maple"?
Kevin: It's kinda what it sounds like. It's a Riverdale thing.
Veronica: No, Kevin, it's a slut-shaming thing. And I'm neither a slut nor am I going to be shamed by someone named, excuse me, Chuck Clayton! Does he really think he can get away with this? Does he not know who I am?! I will cut the brakes on his supped-up phallic symbol.

Betty: You lied to us! That shady guy wasn’t one of your customers, he was a drug dealer. It’s all in here, hundreds of messages from junkies looking for a fix, including one from Chic the night of.
[She shows the phone]
Alice: Betty, why in God’s name would you go back there?
Betty: To make sure in broad daylight that no one could see him from the trail.
Alice: Okay, give that back to me before someone tracks that back to the house.
Betty: No, Mom, I already turned off the GPS and you’re missing the whole point here. Chic lied to us about the shady guy. What else is he lying about, huh?
[Chic stars crying]
Betty: Excuse me? Are you kidding me?! NO ONE is buying the waterworks!
Alice: That’s enough, Elizabeth.