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    Mar 6, 2016

    24 Words You’ll Only Really Understand If You’re A "Downton Abbey" Fan

    But, what is a "week-end"?

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    1. Blackmail

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    What it usually means: Demanding money from a person in return for not revealing something.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: A daily occurrence.

    2. Sex

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    What it usually means: Sexual intercourse.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: OH MY GOD. SHUT YOUR MOUTH. THIS IS A CIVILIZED CONVERSATION. DON'T SAY THAT WORD.

    3. Jail

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    What it usually means: A place of confinement of people accused or convicted of a crime.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: Bates and Anna's unofficial second home.

    4. Isis

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    What it usually means: A militant group.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: A beloved dog that is definitely not a militant group. Again, she is a beloved dog.

    5. Sister

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    What it usually means: Your relative, born of at least one of your parents, who is also a female.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: Basically, your enemy. (Unless you're Sybil. Everyone loves Sybil.)

    6. America

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    What it usually means: A continent of the western hemisphere.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: A word you should probably, definitely not bring up in front of the Dowager Countess.

    7. Car

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    What it usually means: A vehicle.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: A death machine. If you get in a car, you will probably die. That's just how it works.

    8. Christmas

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    What it usually means: A (usually happy) holiday celebrated on December 25.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: A day Downton used to ruin everyone's lovely, merry day. Why, Matthew, why?

    9. Soap

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    What it usually means: A substance used to clean yourself.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: A tool to help you injure your boss and consequently make her have a miscarriage just because you think you're about to get fired.

    10. Downstairs

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    What it usually means: The area below stairs.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: A magical place where all the REAL drama happens.

    11. Hospital

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    What it usually means: An institution that provides medical care.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: Something you're going to hear about every episode of every season.

    12. Driver

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    What it usually means: A person who drives a car/taxi/Uber/etc.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: A person who will drive your car but also will fall in love with your daughter and then one day help run your estate.

    13. Compliment

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    What it usually means: Praise nice people give each other.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: An accident.

    14. Unlucky

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    What it usually means: Someone who has bad luck.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: Edith.

    15. Secretary

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    What it usually means: Someone who supports management using communication and organization skills.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: Someone who works downstairs as a housemaid, briefly leaves Downton to become a Wildling, and then comes back to show you how far they've come.

    16. Bob

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    What it usually means: Short hair that is cut evenly all around so it hangs above the shoulders.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: A scandalous hairstyle that will make your grandmother quite unsettled.

    17. Loyalty

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    What it usually means: Having allegiance to someone.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: Carrying a dead man — er, Mr. Pamuk — through the hallways so no one knows he died in the bed of an unmarried woman.

    18. Telephone

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    What it usually means: A communication device in which two people in different places can listen to one another.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: A torture device.

    19. Pants

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    What it usually means: Clothing that separately covers each of your legs.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: Your declaration to the world that you're a modern woman and no one can stop you and your confidence.

    20. Forgiveness

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    What it usually means: The action of forgiving someone.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: Something fans will never give Downton Abbey for killing off sweet, kind Sybil. She was too good for us.

    21. Revenge

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    What it usually means: Retribution or retaliation.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: Retribution or retaliation x10. Ex: poisoning yourself so your estranged husband is framed for murder. Sorry, Bates.

    22. Blood

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    What it usually means: The red liquid inside you that carries oxygen to and carbon dioxide from the tissues of the body.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: Something you don't see very often, but when you do see it... well, there's a lot of it.

    23. Cocktails

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    What it usually means: An alcoholic drink made up of a spirit/s mixed with other ingredients.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: Something a lady would never be caught drinking at dinner.

    24. Weekend

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    What it usually means: Friday evening through Sunday evening.

    What it means to Downton Abbey fans: Wait, no, seriously... "What is a 'week-end'?" Someone please explain it to us.

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