25 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You’re A Server

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1. Weekend

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What it usually means: Saturday & Sunday
What it means to a server: Monday & Tuesday, if you’re lucky enough to have two days off in a row.

2. Holiday

What it usually means: A paid day off to celebrate, relax, and spend time with friends and family.
What it means to a server: Actual hell.

3. Work Clothes

What it usually means: Professional to semi-casual attire that is office-appropriate.
What it means to a server: A “clean” shirt (i.e., having only semi-visible stains) and pants that will never not smell like vinegar.

4. Break

What it usually means: A span of time, usually 15 minutes to an hour, to step away from work, get something to eat, maybe smoke a cigarette.
What it means to a server: Three minutes of shoving as much food into your mouth as possible while you hide from your tables.

5. Paycheck

What it usually means: A monthly or semi-monthly disbursement of wages.
What it means to a server: A bundle of crumpled ones, fives, and tens that gather daily in the bottom of your bag.

6. Pen

What it usually means: An ink-filled writing utensil.
What it means to a server: Your lifeline.

7. Kids’ Table

What it usually means: A fun, exclusive spot away from the boring grown-ups during special events.
What it means to a server: Something you will desperately try to pawn off on your co-workers.

8. Tax Returns

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What it usually means: Woooooo! Refund!!
What it means to a server: Hahahahaaa hahaha time to pay a year’s worth of taxes (RIP).

9. Dr. Scholl’s

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What it usually means: A gel insert to make shoes a little more comfortable.
What it means to a server: Your only doctor, literally, and a good one at that.

10. Corner

What it usually means: A place where two edges meet.
What it means to a server: A warning shout that is the best defense against crashing into a giant plate of hot wings.

11. Behind

What it usually means: Farther back, in a line; in the past; slang for a person’s butt.
What it means to a server: A similar warning call to “corner” but also something that you will, at least once, accidentally shout at a person who’s walking in front of you on the street, and it will be hilarious.

12. Eighty-six

What it usually means: The number between 85 and 87.
What it means to a server: Out-of-stock dishes (which many customers who were hoping to order the gluten-free pizza will take as a personal offense).

13. After-Work Drinks

What it usually means: Cheap wine at happy hour!
What it means to a server: Throwing back shots of whiskey or Fernet until the bar closes or the sun comes up.

14. The Weeds

What it usually means: Pesky wild plants that threaten your garden.
What it means to a server: A span of time in which you will seriously question your will to live, or, at the very least, how much you really need this job.

15. Campers

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What it usually means: People who take a vacation in a tent or RV, usually in the woods or on a beach.
What it means to a server: People who sit at their table long after they’ve finished and paid, despite the fact that everything has been cleared from the table and regardless of the fact that there is a two-hour wait for their space. The worst people.

16. Leftovers

What it usually means: Reheated remains of that delicious big dinner you made last night.
What it means to a server: The ribs that were ordered accidentally; the birthday cake that table 22 (those ANGELS) generously donated; the fries that table 7 barely touched.

17. Host/Hostess

What it usually means: Someone who has invited you into his or her home for a party or event.
What it means to a server: Cute, young, impressionable ones who can make your shift either a dream or a nightmare.

18. Double

What it usually means: Twice a given quantity.
What it means to a server: So much money, in exchange for your sanity.

19. Substitutions

What it usually means: The act of replacing one thing with another thing.
What it means to a server: The bane of your existence.

20. Chef

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What it usually means: A professional cook.
What it means to a server: Your hero, your enemy, or your secret hardcore crush, depending on the night.

21. Tips

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What it usually means: A nice bonus for work well done, supplementary to your income.
What it means to a server: Your rent, phone/car/student loan fund, spending money, livelihood.

22. Family meal

What it usually means: Food shared among relatives.
What it means to a server: The remnants of last night’s special, shared among co-workers.

23. Top

What it usually means: The highest point or surface.
What it means to a server: The method of describing the number of people at a table, which will confuse everyone when you say it among non-food-industry civilians.

24. Closing Time

What it usually means: The hour at which a business shuts down for the day.
What it means to a server: Whenever the couple who showed up at 10:59 p.m., pointing at their watches, decide to finish their meal.

25. Co-workers

What it usually means: People with whom you Gchat, gossip, and eat lunch at the office.
What it means to a server: The amazing, hilarious, crazy people who put up with you at your most manic, most bored, and most drunk, and who love you regardless.

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