23 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In Florida

“Mommy, is that a mountain? “No dear, that’s just the landfill.”

1. Winter

What it usually means: The coldest season of the year.

What it means in Florida: It’s slightly less hot.

2. Coffee

What it usually means: A caffeinated drink you consume when you’re tired.

What it means in Florida: A Cuban shot of perfection that is the most blissful morning pick-me-up you could ever ask for.

3. Mountains

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What it usually means: A range of breathtaking scenery.

What it means in Florida: Landfills.

4. Humidity

What it usually means: Hot and sticky.

What it means in Florida: An omnipresence that hits you like a brick wall when you step outside at 7 a.m.

5. Summer

What it usually means: An enjoyable time for beach trips, frozen yogurt, and fun in the sun.

What it means in Florida: A LITERAL HELLSCAPE.

6. Sub

What it usually means: A sandwich.

What it means in Florida: A heavenly bundle of joy God spreads to the world through Publixes.

7. Hurricanes

What it usually means: A tropical cyclone that can cause serious damage.

What it means in Florida: Anything below a Category 3 is an excuse to drink excessively and party indoors.

8. Flip-flops

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What it usually means: Shoes you wear in the summer, usually to the beach.

What it means in Florida: Shoes you wear to school, to clubs, and to every other event or hangout.

9. Cockroach

What it usually means: A terrifying creature you sometimes find in your house.

What it means in Florida: OMG THAT’S NOT A COCKROACH IT’S A PALMETTO RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.

10. Steering wheel

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What it usually means: That piece that allows you to control a car.

What it means in Florida: A burning wheel of death that’s been sitting in the parking lot for an hour.

11. Rain

What it usually means: A day or two of gray skies and precipitation.

What it means in Florida: Your friendly torrential downpour at 3 p.m. every day.

12. Staycation

What it usually means: Taking off work to hang out at home.

What it means in Florida: DISNEY WORLD.

13. 65 degrees

What it usually means: Great day for a light jacket.

What it means in Florida: Where are my UGG boots?

14. Parallel parking

What it usually means: Carefully maneuvering your car into a street parking space.

What it means in Florida: LOL, this is a thing that exists?

15. Snow

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What it usually means: White stuff that falls from the sky in winter.

What it means in Florida: That small pile of ice in the freezer.

16. Ducks:

What it usually means: A bird often found in ponds or lakes.

What it means in Florida: “Wait for the ducks to walk across before you back up the car.”

17. Keys

What it usually means: What you use to unlock doors.

What it means in Florida: Gorgeous islands.

18. Tan

What it usually means: When your skin turns a darker color from being out in the sun all day.

What it means in Florida: A base level of color you consistently sport just from walking from your car to your office.

19. Pools

What it usually means: A fun activity to do in the summer.

What it means in Florida: Something to do when you get home from school.

20. Interstate

What it usually means: An interstate.

What it means in Florida: HIGHWAY TO HELL.

21. Wildlife

What it usually means: Deer.

What it means in Florida: Gators.

22. Miami

What it usually means: A fun place to vacation.

What it means in Florida: Its own separate country.

23. Florida

What it means to everyone else in the country: A crazy place full of weirdos. (Not totally true!)

What it means to you: Your gorgeous home sweet home.

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