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22 Words That Have A Completely Different Meaning When You’re Mormon

“It really wasn’t so, but it seemed to me.”

1. Brother and Sister

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What it usually means: The terms used to call a male or female sibling who shares one or both of your parent(s).
What it means when you’re Mormon: The terms used to call a male or female sibling who shares one or both of your parent(s) AND anyone else who is also Mormon.

2. New Year’s Eve Dance

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What it usually means: Bumping and grinding synced with the bass of the best club remixes from the past year.
What it means when you’re Mormon: Censored songs from the ’90s mixed with the occasional slow song to awkwardly ask your crush to dance to.

3. Apricot Trees

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What it usually means: A tree that grows apricot fruit.
What it means when you’re Mormon: A tree that pops popcorn.

4. College

What it usually means: The craziest four years of one’s life filled with partying and experimenting.
What it means when you’re Mormon: BYU.

5. Caffeine

What it usually means: A substance that is found especially in coffee and tea and that makes you feel more awake.
What it means when you’re Mormon: “HURRY BEFORE MOM SEES.”

6. Beer

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What it usually means: An alcoholic drink made from yeast-fermented malt flavored with hops.
What it means when you’re Mormon: A&W.

7. Eagle Scout

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What it usually means: The highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.
What it means when you’re Mormon: Literally every one of your male Mormon friends.

8. House Party

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What it usually means: Beer pong, lots of making out, and hugging toilets.
What it means when you’re Mormon: Wii, root beer, and a PG-13 movie.

9. BMW

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What it usually means: An acronym for “Bayerische Motoren Werke,” one the most popular and lavish car models.
What it means when you’re Mormon: An acronym for your van, the “Big Mormon Wagon.”

10. Mission

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What it usually means: A assignment or task needed to be accomplished. Often synonymous with Tom Cruise.
What it means when you’re Mormon: Two rewarding, unselfish years of your life. Often synonymous with door slamming.

11. Refreshments

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What it usually means: A light snack or drink, especially one provided in a public place or at a public event.
What it means when you’re Mormon: MAKES EVERYTHING WORTH IT.

12. Fireside

What it usually means: The area around a fireplace (used especially with reference to a person’s home or family life).
What it means when you’re Mormon: Occasional bonus meeting for the youth HOPEFULLY WITH REFRESHMENTS.

13. Engagement

What it usually means: A period of time between dating and marriage, usually filled with wedding planning.
What it means when you’re Mormon: One week.

14. Champagne

What it usually means: Sparkling wine produced from grapes. Usually drank to celebrate something.
What it means when you’re Mormon: Welch’s sparkling grape juice. Usually drank to celebrate something.

15. Genealogy

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What it usually means: The line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor.
What it means when you’re Mormon: Your mom’s hobby.

16. David Archuletta

Welcome home @DavidArchie! Idol alum is back after two-year mission: http://t.co/xw8uTrMmE8

— OnAirWithRyan (@On Air/Ryan Seacrest)

What it usually means: The runner-up of the seventh season of “American Idol.”
What it means when you’re Mormon: The returned missionary who every Mormon mother wants their daughter to marry.

17. Seminary

What it usually means: A college that prepares students to be priests, ministers, or rabbis.
What it means when you’re Mormon: Early weekday mornings during the school year that replaces sleep.

18. Utah

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What it usually means: The 45th state admitted to the United States.
What it means when you’re Mormon: Where all your relatives live.

19. LDS

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What it usually means: A misspelling of the hallucinogen drug “LSD.”
What it means when you’re Mormon: Acronym for “Latter Day Saint,” what you wish people would call you instead of “Mormon.”

20. Elder

What it usually means: An old person.
What it means when you’re Mormon: A surname of great honor and responsibility.

21. The Book of Mormon

What other people think it means: A hit Broadway play representing a satirical view of the Mormon religion.
What it means when you’re Mormon: The greatest book you’ll ever read.

22. Sunday

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What it usually means: The day of the week before Monday and following Saturday and (together with Saturday) forming part of the weekend.
What it means when you’re Mormon: The day you devote entirely for religion and family purposes only. And you wouldn’t have it any other way.

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