14 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In Wolverhampton

“Night out at Blast Off, anyone?”

1. “Blast off”

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What it usually means: The moment a rocket leaves its launchpad.

What it means in Wolverhampton: A Civic Hall Saturday night staple. Typically involves drinking Red Stripe, dancing to Duran Duran, and getting off with a someone who may well be your cousin.

2. “Moth”

What it usually means: A small, furry insect with wings.

What it means in Wolverhampton: Man on the Horse: Where anyone wearing a tight Superman t-shirt and skinny jeans meets.

3. “Faggot”

What it usually means: A homophobic slur.

What it means in Wolverhampton: Delicious meat balls made of pig’s heart, liver, and belly meat.

4. “Wolves”

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What it means usually: A pack of wild mammals.

What it means in Wolverhampton: The city’s sporting pride and joy, and the place dreams go to die. One-time football club of local legend Steve Bull.

5. “Lighthouse”

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What it usually means: A tower containing a beacon light to guide ships at sea.

What it means in Wolverhampton: An independent cinema where hipsters hang out on a Friday.

6. “Alright?”

What it usually means: “Are you OK?”

What it means in Wolverhampton: A formal greeting used on first meeting someone.

7. “New Cross”

What it usually means: A district of Lewisham, south London.

What it means in Wolverhampton: The hospital wards in which many Wolverhamptoners were born.

8. “Tramp”

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What it usually means: A homeless person.

What it means in Wolverhampton: A locally celebrity called Józef Stawinoga who lived in a tent on the ring road and had a bronze statue elected in his honour.

9. “A car”

What it usually means: A road vehicle.

What it means in Wolverhampton: “I cannot.”

10. “Yam yam”

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What it means usually: A vegetable eaten by Americans on Thanksgiving.

What it means in Wolverhampton: Someone from the Black Country.

11. “The Black Country Living Museum”

What it usually means: An average tourist attraction on the West Midlands.

What it means in Wolverhampton: The place you first met Father Christmas.

12. “Banks”

What it usually means: Financial institutions where you store your money.

What it means in Wolverhampton: A delicious, creamy bitter.

13. “Friday”

What it usually means: The last day of the working week.

What it means in Wolverhampton: Banks’s brew day, when the entire city smells of hops.

14. “Staycation”

What it usually means: An economic and fashionable holiday in which you enjoy the comforts of home rather than travelling elsewhere.

What it means in Wolverhampton: N/A.

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