23 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning On The Isle Of Man

Alright there, yessir!

1. “Peel”

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What it usually means: The outer covering or rind of a fruit or vegetable.
What it means on the Isle of Man: A place where you should always carry a condom.

2. “Skeet”

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What it usually means: A shooting sport.
What it means on the Isle of Man: Gossip.

3. “Yessir”

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What it usually means: Used to express assent to a superior. Originates from combining the words “yes” and “sir”.
What it means on the Isle of Man: Mate. For example, a standard greeting would be: “Alright there, yessir!”

4. “Bay”

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What it usually means: A broad inlet of the sea where the land curves inwards.
What it means on the Isle of Man: Also means mate when used as a greeting. Originates from “boy”. e.g., “Alright, bay!”

5. “The outback”

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What it usually means: The vast, remote, arid area of Australia.
What it means on the Isle of Man: The smallest, sweatiest club on the planet.

6. “Train”

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What it usually means: A form of public transport that many people use to get to work.
What it means on the Isle of Man: A form of public transport powered by steam that doesn’t start until 10:30am.

7. “Taxi”

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What it usually means: A vehicle licensed to transport passengers in return for payment of a fare.
What it means on the Isle of Man: A vehicle licensed to transport passengers in return for payment of your life savings.

8. “Pulley”

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What it usually means: A mechanism used to raise heavy weights.
What it means on the Isle of Man: A place you were too scared to go as a child through fear of attack, particularly when playing football.

9. “Griddles”

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What it usually means: Heavy, flat, iron plates that are heated and used for cooking food.
What it means on the Isle of Man: The best fast-food restaurant there ever was, until stupid KFC came along and it shut down. #RIPGriddles #gonetoosoon

10. “Light breeze”

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What it usually means: A gentle wind.
What it means on the Isle of Man: It could be worse, your roof hasn’t been ripped off yet.

11. “Rat”

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What it usually means: A rodent.
What it means on the Isle of Man: A word that, if uttered, will result in you being marched to the Sea Terminal and shoved on the next boat.

12. “Fairies”

What it usually means: Small imaginary beings of human form that have magical powers.
What it means on the Isle of Man: Small but VERY real beings of human form that prevent you from crashing your car, providing you wave and say hello as you drive over their magic bridge.

13. “Across”

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What it usually means: From one side to the other of a place, area, etc.
What it means on the Isle of Man: The British mainland.

14. “Come over”

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What it usually means: An invitation.
What it means on the Isle of Man: Anyone who isn’t originally from the Island. Often spoken with utter disdain.

15. “Tax”

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What it usually means: A compulsory contribution to state revenue.
What it means on the Isle of Man: LOL whut?

16. “Speed limit”

What it usually means: The maximum speed at which a vehicle may legally travel on a particular stretch of road.
What it means on the Isle of Man: LOL whut?

17. “Politician”

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What it usually means: Holder of an elected office, often accused of being corrupt.
What it means on the Isle of Man: Holder of an elected office, often accused of being corrupt. Also, your uncle.

18. “Diversity”

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What it usually means: A range of different races, religions, and cultures.
What it means on the Isle of Man: There was someone in your year at school who was Welsh.

19. “Knob”

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What it usually means: A rounded door handle, or slang for penis.
What it means on the Isle of Man: A boiled sweet.

20. “Quids in”

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What it usually means: In a position where one has profited or is likely to profit from something.
What it means on the Isle of Man: A bar where everything is a pound (except for the things that are £1.30) and terrible things happen.

21. “Too far”

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What it usually means: When the distance between where you are and where you want to go is so great you decide it is not worth the effort.
What it means on the Isle of Man: Anywhere you can’t drive to in 20 minutes.

22. “Summer”

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What it usually means: The warmest season of the year
What it means on the Isle of Man: A few hours in late May.

23. “Patriotism”

What it usually means: Vigorous support for one’s homeland.
What it means on the Isle of Man: Wearing the above T-shirt.

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