23 Words That Mean Something Totally Different During Football Season

A time when “sack” and “strip” won’t make you blush.

1. “Tailgate”

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What it usually means: The door to the trunk of your car or truck.

What it means during football season: An event for the most dedicated of fans, where drinking, grilling, and football unite—most often in a parking lot.

2. “Fantasy”

What it usually means: Those daydreams you have about becoming famous or riding unicorns.

What it means during football season: A game—no, a way of life—where you either win big or lose it all. And there’s far more than money that’s on the line.

3. “Flop”

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What it usually means: A painful belly-first fall into water.

What it means during football season: Your first round draft pick in fantasy.

4. “Hail Mary”

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What it usually means: A Catholic prayer.

What it means during football season: Throwing the ball way up and hoping your receiver can come down with it 50+ yards down the field.

5. “Fan”

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What it usually means: A machine that oscillates and blows cool air.

What it means during football season: The 12th man, the dedicated supporters that make the game possible.

6. “Truck”

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What it usually means: A motor vehicle.

What it means during football season: A verb meaning to run ruthlessly through a tackler as if they’re not even there.

7. “Superstition”

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What it usually means: The belief that certain things and actions carry with them supernatural consequences and outcomes.

What it means during football season: A game day tradition that you carry out to help your team win. It works every time and if it doesn’t, you didn’t do it right.

8. “Sunday”

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What it usually means: Quite possibly the chillest day of the week.

What it means during football season: Undeniably the most emotionally tolling day of the week.

9. “Monday Night”

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What it usually means: The end to the worst day of the week.

What it means during football season: The most exciting part of any week ever. It’s better than Friday.

10. “Thursday Night”

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What it usually means: A totally common and nondescript day.

What it means during football season: An awkwardly scheduled weekly primetime game. The ONE time you’ll forget to update your fantasy lineup.

11. “Juke”

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What it usually means: An ancient box designed to play music.

What it means during football season: You think he’s going one way but WHOOP, he went the other way.

12. “Megatron”

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What it usually means: A Transformer. The feared and fearless leader of the Decepticons.

What it means during football season: Calvin Johnson Jr., the actual Megatron’s physical superior.

13. “Faith”

What it usually means: Belief in something that is often scientifically inconclusive.

What it means during football season: The genuine belief that your team will bounce back from worst to first to win the Super Bowl.

14. “Tight End”

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What it usually means: Your butt.

What it means during football season: An undervalued and constantly evolving position made up of athletic linemen and former basketball players.

15. “Expert”

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What it usually means: A person who possess an immense amount of knowledge on a particular subject that they earned through tireless study, research, and first-hand experience.

What it means during football season: EVERYONE.

16. “Noise”

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What it usually means: Any sounds, big and small, that your ears pick up.

What it means during football season: The immense power that the 12th man wields.

17. “Jaw”

What it usually means: An important piece of your skull.

What it means during football season: To talk smack and indulge rivalries. A pastime for both players and fans.

18. “Snack”

What it usually means: A light amount of food consumed between meals.

What it means during football season: A literal feast.

19. “Half”

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What it usually means: A fraction of a whole.

What it means during football season: The time to get more food, more beer, and pee. There’s USUALLY nothing to miss during halftime.

20. “Stiff Arm”

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What it usually means: That feeling you get when you wake up and your arm is asleep.

What it means during football season: Sit down, bruh.

21. “Dress up”

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What it usually means: To don a suit and tie for a special occasion.

What it means during football season: The greatest mark of a fan’s dedication and loyalty.

22. “Paint”

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What it usually means: A substance used to coat canvases and walls.

What it means during football season: A substance used to cover your half naked body in your team’s colors.

23. “Tebowing”

What it usually means: A pose that honors Tim Tebow.

What it means during football season: Who’s Tim Tebow?

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