What it usually means: A span of time, usually 15 minutes to an hour, to step away from work, get something to eat, maybe smoke a cigarette.
What it means to a server: Three minutes of shoving as much food into your mouth as possible while you hide from your tables.
What it usually means: An ink-filled writing utensil.
What it means to a server: Your lifeline.
What it usually means: Farther back, in a line; in the past; slang for a person’s butt.
What it means to a server: A similar warning call to “corner” but also something that you will, at least once, accidentally shout at a person who’s walking in front of you on the street, and it will be hilarious.
What it usually means: The number between 85 and 87.
What it means to a server: Out-of-stock dishes (which many customers who were hoping to order the gluten-free pizza will take as a personal offense).
14. The Weeds
What it usually means: Pesky wild plants that threaten your garden.
What it means to a server: A span of time in which you will seriously question your will to live, or, at the very least, how much you really need this job.
What it usually means: People who take a vacation in a tent or RV, usually in the woods or on a beach.
What it means to a server: People who sit at their table long after they’ve finished and paid, despite the fact that everything has been cleared from the table and regardless of the fact that there is a two-hour wait for their space. The worst people.
What it usually means: Reheated remains of that delicious big dinner you made last night.
What it means to a server: The ribs that were ordered accidentally; the birthday cake that table 22 (those ANGELS) generously donated; the fries that table 7 barely touched.
What it usually means: Someone who has invited you into his or her home for a party or event.
What it means to a server: Cute, young, impressionable ones who can make your shift either a dream or a nightmare.
22. Family meal
What it usually means: Food shared among relatives.
What it means to a server: The remnants of last night’s special, shared among co-workers.
What it usually means: The highest point or surface.
What it means to a server: The method of describing the number of people at a table, which will confuse everyone when you say it among non-food-industry civilians.
What it usually means: People with whom you Gchat, gossip, and eat lunch at the office.
What it means to a server: The amazing, hilarious, crazy people who put up with you at your most manic, most bored, and most drunk, and who love you regardless.
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