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17 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning If You Went To Warwick University

You can't say the word "purple" without thinking of that drink.

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1. "Terrace"

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What it means to everyone else: A row of houses, or a paved area alongside a building.

What it means if you went to Warwick university: The bar where you get trashed on fishbowls, spend a good portion of your Freshers' Week trying to make new friends, and then only ever return if you have to for a social.

2. "Purple"

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What it means to everyone else: Something that is of a reddish-blue colour.

What it means if you went to Warwick: The cider, beer, and blackcurrant concoction that has the unique ability to transport you back to that one* messy night in the Copper Rooms as soon as you get a whiff of it. It's the quickest route to a raging hangover, but you've probably learnt this the hard way.

*many messy nights.

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3. "Smack"

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What it means to everyone else: The action of hitting someone with your hand.

What it means if you went to Warwick: The sweatiest fucking club that's ever existed (particularly downstairs, where the sweat literally drips off the walls and ceiling). It's tradition to take a picture in front of the height board and then on to the bar for a few too many £1 Jägerbombs, and queue for the downstairs room.

4. "Circle"

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What it means to everyone else: A shape consisting of a curved line completely surrounding an area.

What it means if you went to Warwick: A rare opportunity to get turnt with the sports clubs and societies you're a part of.

And by rare, I mean pretty much every Wednesday.

5. "Evolve"

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What it means to everyone else: To gradually develop over time.

What it means if you went to Warwick: If you started before 2013, you'll remember Evolve as the bigger and arguably better version of Smack, before it was cruelly taken away and randomly rebranded "Neon" instead.

6. "Floor five"

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What it means to everyone else: The fifth level of a building.

What it means if you went to Warwick: The place in the library where you go when you're really serious about studying. You also have to get there at the crack of fucking dawn to get a seat during exam season.

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8. "Geese"

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What it means to everyone else: The plural of "goose", a large bird with a long neck and webbed feet.

What it means if you went to Warwick: Tiny little death mobs that run around campus and occasionally terrorise students.

9. "Westwood"

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What it means to everyone else: Most people think of Vivienne Westwood (or more awkwardly, Tim Westwood).

What it means if you went to Warwick: The furthest point of the world according to everyone on campus, except the people who actually live in Westwood.

10. "Cannon"

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What it means to everyone else: A large gun, usually on wheels and used in battles.

What it means if you went to Warwick: The place you do the majority of your serious shopping in first year, and almost cry lugging all your bags home.

11. "Warwick Castle"

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What it means to everyone else: A medieval castle originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. It's Warwickshire's pride and joy.

What it means if you went to Warwick: A historical landmark you kept telling yourself you'd eventually visit, but probably never did, or rushed to do so in your final year.

12. "Roots"

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What it means to everyone else: The place or culture that a person comes from.

What it means if you went to Warwick: The halls 75% of people put as their first choice, and 5% actually got.

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13. "Wiley"

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What it means to everyone else: The name of a famous British rapper and musician who's particularly big in the grime music scene.

What it means if you went to Warwick: The artist who didn't turn up to perform to a bunch of excited Warwick uni students because, as he said in a tweet, he had "other things to do". Some people are still bitter about it.

14. "Ball"

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What it means to everyone else: A round object that is used in games such as football, basketball, and tennis.

What it means if you went to Warwick: The one event where you can dress glamorously for no other reason than to eat semi-average food and look cute with your society peers. It's the only time you won't get judged for wearing hells on campus on a non-night out.

15. "Grid"

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What it means to everyone else: Something which is in a pattern of straight lines that cross over each other.

What it means if you went to Warwick: The place you'd go if you'd fucked yourself and somehow left a 3000-word essay to the night before.

16. "Coventry"

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What it means to everyone else: A city in the West Midlands that's home to Coventry Cathedral, Coventry City Farm, and Coventry University.

What it means if you went to Warwick: A city in the West Midlands that's home to Coventry Cathedral, Coventry City Farm, Coventry University, and FOR SOME REASON also Warwick university.

17. "Spa"

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What it means to everyone else: A glorious place where water with minerals springs from the ground, or a hotel where people go for special, relaxing treatment.

What it means if you went to Warwick: The glorious place where you spend the majority of your time at university, which is nothing like an actual spa, but is pretty cute all the same.

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