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    Posted on Nov 4, 2015

    21 Words You Won't Truly Understand Unless You're From Miami

    "Bro, driving home on the Palmetto tonight was such a mission!"

    1. Calle Ocho

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    What most people think it means: Spanish for "Eighth Street."

    What people from Miami know it means: A landmark in Little Havana, and a yearly blowout cultural festival of music, music, and incredible food.

    2. Gloria Estefan

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    What most people think it means: A pop star.

    What people from Miami know it means: A goddamn hometown hero.

    3. Eating shit

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    What most people think it means: Slang for wiping out, aka "eating it."

    What people from Miami know it means: Hanging around, doing nothing. "What are you guys up to?" "Nothing much, just sitting around at my cousin's, eating shit."

    4. Mission

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    What most people think it means: An epic task or adventure to accomplish something great.

    What people from Miami know it means: Anything slightly inconvenient that takes more than five minutes of your precious time.

    5. Palmetto

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    What most people think it means: A bug.

    What people from Miami know it means: An "expressway" that is the main cause of traffic, road rage, and seemingly endless construction.

    6. Super

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    What most people think it means: Extraordinarily.

    What people from Miami know it means: A catch-all adjective, much like Boston's "wicked," used instead of "very."

    7. Publix

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    What most people think it means: A grocery store chain.

    What people from Miami know it means: Food shopping heaven. As their slogan promises, "Where shopping is a pleasure." Also, the actual best sub sandwiches you will ever eat are from the Publix deli.

    8. Central air conditioning

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    What most people think it means: A luxury amenity for cooling the home on warm summer days.

    What people from Miami know it means: A necessity in order to live in the hot, humid, hellscape we call home year-round.

    9. Santa's

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    What most people think it means: Belonging to Santa Claus.

    What people from Miami know it means: A busted, creepy, Christmas-themed amusement park that you can't wait to go to every year.

    10. Bro

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    What most people think it means: Short for brother, a term of endearment for a close male friend.

    What people from Miami know it means: Literally anybody and everybody you meet.

    11. Pollo Tropical

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    What most people think it means: A Caribbean-themed fast food chain.

    What people from Miami know it means: The only fast food chain that matters.

    12. Humidity

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    What most people think it means: A certain level of moisture in the air.

    What people from Miami know it means: The bane of your existence and the reason you carry antiperspirant with you at all times.

    13. Winter

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    What most people think it means: The coldest months of the year. Time to get out the snowboots!

    What people from Miami know it means: That snowy wonderland you only see in Christmas movies.

    14. Turn signals

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    What most people think it means: A necessary tool to indicate to other drivers that you plan to make a turn or change lanes.

    What people from Miami think it means: Totally optional, completely unnecessary.

    15. The South

    16. Sweat

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    What most people think it means: What happens when you exercise heavily.

    What people from Miami know it means: What happens the second you walk outside your air-conditioned house.

    17. Freezing

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    What most people think it means: When temperatures drop below 32 degrees.

    What people from Miami know it means: When temperatures drop below 70 degrees.

    18. Spanglish

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    What most people think it means: A mixture of Spanish and English.

    What people from Miami know it means: Pero, like, the official language de Miami. Ay, que cute!

    19. South Beach

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    What most people think it means: Miami.

    What people from Miami know it means: A tourist trap. Not actually Miami.

    20. Florida

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    What most people think it means: The state where Miami is located.

    What people from Miami know it means: A whole different world.

    21. 305

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