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19 Words That Have A Completely Different Meaning For D.C. Sports Fans

"Champion": A word not in your vocabulary.

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1. "Disappointed"

What it usually means: The state of feeling unfulfilled.

What it means in D.C.: Your normal state of being.

2. "Winner"

What it usually means: The champion or victor.

What it means in D.C.: A rare, extremely brief state of sports-related euphoria.

3. "Eternity"

What it usually means: Forever.

What it means in D.C.: The last time one of your favorite teams won something meaningful.

4. "Wall"

What it usually means: A barrier meant to enclose.

What it means in D.C.: A thing for Gus Frerotte to headbutt; a remarkably fast point guard.

5. "Bullets"

What it usually means: A projectile fired from a gun.

What it means in D.C.: Your favorite basketball team; in 1978, the source of an area-wide Fever.

6. "Red"

What it usually means: A bright, primary color.

What it means in D.C.: A word to be yelled at full volume at national anthems during hockey season.

7. "Crosby"

What it usually means: Singers Bing or David.

What it means in D.C.: That f#$&ing guy.

8. "Brave"

What it usually means: Someone of great courage.

What it means in D.C.: Anyone who plays for the second-best team in the National League East.

9. "Teddy"

What it usually means: A bear; sometimes, a women's undergarment.

What it means in D.C.: A 10-foot-tall President you desperately want to see win.

10. "The Post"

What it usually means: An upright part of a support system; in the U.K., the mail delivery system.

What it means in D.C.: The first place you turn to read about your teams.

11. "RFK"

What it usually means: JFK's brother.

What it means in D.C.: A stadium that's been creaky and outdated for decades but that still hasn't been torn down; the best place to watch a local soccer match.

12. "Hoya"

What it usually means: ???

What it means in D.C.: A perennial Big East power.

13. "Terrapin"

What it usually means: A snapping turtle.

What it means in D.C.: A passionate (and often profane) college sports fan.

14. "Duke"

What it usually means: A European ruler.

What it means in D.C.: That f#$&ing university; see: enemy of Hoya or Terrapin.

15. "Dallas"

What it usually means: A city in Texas.

What it means in D.C.: The biggest week of the entire fall.

16. "Redskin"

What it usually means: An often disparaging and offensive slang term.

What it means in D.C.: The thing your Sunday afternoons revolve around.

17. "Choke"

What it usually means: An obstruction in one's throat that causes a lack of breath.

What it means in D.C.: A local sporting tradition.

18. "Playoffs"

What it usually means: The time champions are crowned in each sport.

What it means in D.C.: A time of eternal frustration.

19. "Next year"

What it usually means: The year after this one.

What it means in D.C.: The only words you have to console yourself after another abrupt end to a season; see: "playoffs," "choke."

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