19 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In New Jersey

No, jug handles have nothing to do with liquids.

1. Exit

What is usually means: A designated ramp where traffic leaves a highway or major roadway.
What it means in NJ: A numerical system for identifying where in New Jersey a person resides.

2. Diner

What it usually means: A restaurant known for having a diverse menu and long hours of operation.
What is means in NJ: A place to run into people you went to high school with while eating scrambled eggs.

3. Jersey Shore

What is usually means: An MTV reality show about a guido circus.
What is means in NJ: Two hundred and seventeen miles of gorgeous coastline. Also a great place to get funnel cake.

4. Walk

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What it usually means: To travel by foot for recreation and exercise.
What it means in NJ: What you do to get from the house to the car.

5. Toll road

What it usually means: A highly trafficked bridge, tunnel, or roadway that requires a meager fee for passage.
What it means in NJ: Every road. Any road. All the roads.

6. Pork roll/Taylor ham

What it usually means: ???
What it means in NJ: A salty, savory breakfast meat that completes the holy trifecta: Taylor ham/pork roll, egg, and cheese.

7. Traffic

What it usually means: Road delays due to a high volume of cars.
What it means in NJ: Expected traveling speed.

8. Devil

 

What it usually means: The chief evil spirit. Satan. God’s nemesis.
What it means in NJ: A part-goat, part-bat cryptid that terrorizes the Pine Barren region of New Jersey with its blood-curdling scream.

9. Meadowlands

What it usually means: Land used for the cultivation of grass, especially for hay.
What is means in NJ: Where buildings go to die.

10. Jughandle

What it usually means: The handle of a jug. Duh.
What it means in NJ: A really great way to ensnare out-of-towners in a traffic web of doom.

11. Home team

What is usually means: The sports team from your state.
What it means in NJ: The sports team from New York’s state.

12. Italian

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What is usually means: Someone who was born in Italy.
What is means in NJ: Someone whose distant relative was born in Italy.

13. Newark

What it usually means: That place with the airport that’s hard to get to from NYC.
What it means in NJ: The best Portuguese food outside of—well—Portugal.

14. Benny

What it usually means: A nickname for someone named Benjamin.
What it means in NJ: A nickname for someone you’d like to drown at the Jersey Shore.

15. Hudson River

What it usually means: A river in eastern New York, that rises in the Adirondack Mountains and flows south for 350 miles into the Atlantic Ocean at New York City.
What it means in NJ: A liquid hellscape of dead bodies and hypodermic needles that should never, ever be touched by humans, according to everyone’s mom.

16. Park

What it usually means: A public greenspace used for recreation activities.
What it means in NJ: The chief social hang-out for teens.

17. Mall

What it usually means: A large retail facility.
What it means in NJ: A secondary social hang-out for teens.

18. Turnpike

What it usually means: An expressway, especially one on which a toll is charged.
What it means in NJ: A thing to avoid, especially between the months of June-August.

19. New Jersey

What it usually means: The greatest state in the union.
What it means in NJ: The greatest state in the union.

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