Home of the Kooks," he says as they pass by golf courses, large ranch houses, and marinas full of expensive yachts. As one entry poster meanly points out, only "aggro locals" use the term because they dislike those who don't live in "sh*thole little coastal towns, don't work construction," and "don't drive old, beat-up trucks.". They are typically well-off and have the most power on the island. The haves and have nots of any place, but magnified and multiplied.". You can see in Outer Banks how both sides have wholly adopted the identities of Pogue and Kook, to the point where it's treated as a slur. You can worry about it after we're done surfing. Madison, who is from North Carolina, revealed that while characters are constantly called Kooks and Pogues on the show, they're not really used in her home state. In the OBX, there are two kinds of people. Lowest member of the food chain," John B says in the beginning of Outer Banks. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. This mirrors the way in which the working class Pogues are derided, and yet they provide the essential services that keep the entire town's economy going. "Kook," meanwhile, is a slang term among surfers that means different things, but is always negative in connotation. A Kook is a person who lives in Figure 8 or the north side of the OBX. Here's everything you need to know about the Pogues and Kooks on Outer Banks. It's likely that Kooks are called this in the show because they aren't really seen as the ones who are fitting in with island life thanks to their money and privilege. "Pogue life is all fun and nothing not. "Pogue life is just like 'Don't worry about the rules. However, in surfing, it stands for a person who tries to fit into the culture without even trying. A Kook is a person who lives in Figure 8 or the north side of the OBX. As John B. says about the Outer Banks, "the island was like America on steroids. According to Urban Dictionary. At best, they wear expensive board shorts, pose with their boards, and don't actually surf. By being food for larger fish like swordfish and tuna, Menhadens ensure that there are still fish humans can eat. Of seeing somebody who gets to be born into this life as an enemy. Even though the terms refer to two very different things, they both make it clear why the Pogues and Kooks are unable to see eye to eye. A Kook is a person who lives in Figure 8 or the north side of the OBX. They are typically well-off and have the most power on the island. "The root of [the rivalry] would be the privilege aspect of it. They are typically well-off and have the most power on the island. It's almost always used by locals to describe the upper class or transplanted gentrifiers who want the status of "local" but look down on the actual people who live in lower-income communities there. John B. introduces the nicknames early on as he drives his band of friends from one side of the island to the other. As John B. explains, "Pogues" is a play off of the word pogies, the common nickname for the small and silver Menhaden fish. It’s frustrating when you have to try so hard. "Kook," meanwhile, is a slang term among surfers that means different things, but is always negative in connotation. They're essentially just used for bait, but despite being at the very bottom of the food chain, they're critical to upholding the entire marine ecosystem, and are considered the most important fish in the sea. According to Outdoor Life, Menhadens smell and are "unremarkable looking"; because of their poor taste, you "wouldn't ever intentionally eat one." "Pogues, pogies, the throwaway fish. However, according to Urban Dictionary â the extremely unofficial slang guide â "Kook" also speaks to a class divide. It’s stressful too. "Pogues and Kooks are real, they’re just not called that," she told US Weekly. The word Kook has two different meanings. "Kook is a term, most often used by aggro locals, to describe any surfers that: don't live in the sh*thole little coastal towns, don't work construction and/or drive old, beat-up trucks, pretend like they can surf when, in reality, they suck-ass, show up in the lot with a frappachino, excited about 2-footers". You see people that have more than you that didn’t even have to work for it and it’s frustrating. At the beginning of episode one, John B., the show's main character, opens up about life on the crazy island and how it's split up. "Home of the working class, who make a living busing tables, washing yachts, running charters. The word Kook has two different meanings. "John B says it in the pilot, 'The downside is that we're ignored and neglected. Depending on which one you are, your life can be totally different. "Home of the working class, who make a living busing tables, washing yachts, running charters. John B. tells us that unlike the Kooks, the Pogue teens are largely ignored and neglected â which is sad, but also means they're free to live a Lost Boys-esque lifestyle. At worst, they attempt to show off in the water, and end up injuring the more seasoned surfers. According to an article in GQ, a kook means “an individual with no understanding of the social and sartorial norms of surfing.” What does that mean … Two tribes, one island," he says. At one point Topper calls John B. a Pogue, and even though John B. self-identifies as one, the context changes when a Kook says it. 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Netflix's latest YA series, Outer Banks, shows us the different lives between the Kooks and the Pogues of the island. What is a Kook? "This is Figure Eight, the rich side of the island. You can be a superior Pogue and you’ll never be as a mediocre Kook. Amid all of the danger and treasure hunting in Netflix's new YA series, Outer Banks, the meaning of Pogues and Kooks is one of the easier things to explain: they're both separate references to fishing and surfer culture repurposed as class designations.