19 Words That Mean Something Completely Different When You Have Roommates

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1. Food

What it usually means: Any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.

What it means when you have roommates: Precious and scarce goods usually hidden and marked to prevent consumption from unwanted predators.

2. Dishes

What it usually means: Objects used to help cook or serve food.

What it means when you have roommates: Something that’s scarcely clean and constantly builds up in the sink.

3. Toilet Paper

What it usually means: A roll of paper used for wiping oneself clean after urination or defecation.

What it means when you have roommates: A constant struggle of seeing an empty roll at the least convenient of times.

4. Borrowing

What it usually means: The action of taking and using something that belongs to someone else with the intention of returning it.

What it means when you have roommates: The action of taking and using something, most likely without permission, with the intention of returning only when it’s broken or if the owner asks about it.

5. Boundaries

What it usually means: Something that indicates bounds or limits; a limiting or bounding line.

What it means when you have roommates: Virtually nonexistent because you’ve seen each other naked more times than you can count.

6. Notes

What it usually means: A short informal letter or written message.

What it means when you have roommates: Written words exchanged passively on a piece of paper to express feelings towards an injustice that has transpired.

7. Parking

What it usually means: Bringing a vehicle to a halt and leaving it temporarily in a parking lot or by the side of the road.

What it means when you have roommates: First come first serve.

8. Lease

What it usually means: A contract by which one party conveys land, property, services, etc., to another for a specified time, usually in return for a periodic payment.

What it means when you have roommates: A contract you sign in order to live somewhere for a specific amount of time hoping you’ll still have friends by the end of it.

9. Bills

What it usually means: A printed written statement of charges owed for a service used.

What it means when you have roommates: A monthly hassle of wrangling up money that your roommates owe you for paying services on time.

10. Bathroom

What it usually means: A room containing a bathtub or a shower and usually also a sink and a toilet.

What it means when you have roommates: A room that’s constantly fought over in the morning, usually the source of many conflicts.

11. Boyfriend/Girlfriend

What it usually means: A regular companion with whom one has a romantic or sexual relationship.

What it means when you have roommates: A regular companion of your roommate’s WHO EATS ALL OF YOUR FOOD AND NEVER LEAVES.

12. Pets

What it usually means: A domestic or tamed animal kept for companionship or pleasure and treated with care and affection.

What it means when you have roommates: A domestic or somewhat tamed animal that YOU DIDN’T EVEN WANT IN THE FIRST PLACE who has chewed up all the furniture and/or stained the carpet.

13. Shower

What it usually means: An enclosure in which a person stands under a spray of water to wash.

What it means when you have roommates: An enclosure in which your roommate is always standing under a spray of water to wash themselves for an unnecessarily long amount of time and so now you have to go another day smelling because you have somewhere to go.

14. Trash Day

What it usually means: The day of the week the trash is picked up.

What it means when you have roommates: The weekly day trash is picked up except for yours because everyone thought someone else was going to do it.

15. Cleaning

What it usually means: To make something free of dirt, marks, or mess, especially by washing, wiping, or brushing.

What it means when you have roommates: Something that rarely happens with results that last roughly an hour, usually leading to a routine cleaning schedule.

16. Dryer

What it usually means: A machine or device for drying something, especially the hair or laundry.

What it means when you have roommates: A machine that always has your roommate’s clothes and/or hair in it whenever you’re about to use it.

17. Sex

What it usually means: The act of two people engaging in intercourse.

What it means when you have roommates: Something loud and obnoxious that you can always hear coming from your roommate’s room no matter where you are.

18. Internet

What it usually means: A global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite to link several billion devices worldwide.

What it means when you have roommates: Something that is ALWAYS SLOW and nearly never works.

19. Moving Day

What it usually means: The day someone moves out of a house or apartment they were living at for various reasons.

What it means when you have roommates: Either the happiest day of your life or the saddest, depending on the bond made between roommates.

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