What it usually means: A rental truck used to move furniture from place to place.
What it means to you: That moment, usually after the very first date, when you both start planning wallpaper schemes for your apartment together.
2. “Ladies Night”
What it usually means: A night out on the town with your best female friends.
What it means to you: A night out at a gay bar where you and your friends most likely embarrass yourselves attempting to flirt, dance, and for lack of a better term – get some. The best night of the week.
3. “Lipstick” and “Chapstick”
What they usually mean: Colored cosmetic applied to the lips for moisturizing or fashion purposes.
What it means to you: Any lesbian who celebrates an extremely feminine aesthetic. Usually, fly as hell.
What it usually means: A piece of metal that pierces and projects from a surface, especially for decoration.
What it means to you: A more dominant and masculine lesbian. Also, usually fly as hell.
5. “The L Word”
What it usually means: “I love you” – A phrase you drop on a significant other when things reach “that” point and you’re ready to admit your deep feelings.
What it means to you: A television show that taught you more about yourself than you thought possible. The holy grail of knowledge you return to re-watch every few years – even if you hate yourself for it.
6. “The Real L Word”
What it usually means: Actually saying “I love you” to another human being that you care for deeply.
What it means to you: Another television show. This one you hate-watched endlessly and really didn’t teach you anything of value.
What it usually means: A female friend or companion.
What it means to you: Your current significant other, your boo, your bae – any lady who shares your toothbrush.
What it usually means: Ending a relationship with someone.
What it means to you: Having your heart ripped out, entire world turned upside down, and processing feelings with all your friends until they can’t stand you following the end of your relationship with someone. Usually, having to “re-do” the breakup many times over before the relationship is actually ended. Or not. It’s complicated.
What it usually means: Someone with whom you were once associated romantically but no longer speak to or associate with. Usually spoken about with slight scorn or is “dead to you.”
What it means to you: Someone with whom you were once associated romantically and remain quite close with – in fact, sometimes you forget why you hated them in the first place. Usually spoken about with strange fondness to the horror of any current significant other.
10. “Dinah Shore”
What it usually means: An American singer, actress, television personality, and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s.
What it means to you: The great migration of lesbians to Palm Springs and Las Vegas each summer for parties, events, and probably many regrettable life choices. A rite of passage.
What it usually means: Going to a salon to get your nails painted.
What it means to you: Preparing your hands and nails for (god-willing) sexual activity.
12. “Straight Girl”
What it usually means: A woman that identifies as heterosexual, dates men.
What it means to you: Challenge accepted, consequences ignored.
13. “Best Friend”
What it usually means: Your closest confidante and partner in crime.
What it means to you: Your closest confidante and partner in crime who you happen to be deeply in love with. You will harbor this secret crush until the end of time.
What is usually means: To carry or drag something with great effort.
What it means to you: “Lesbian until graduation” – anyone who experimented in college before denying it for the rest of their lives or fondly referring to that time as an “experimental phase.”
What it usually means: A name, probably for a boy but sometimes for a girl.
What it means to you: Perfection personified.