24 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You're Catholic

Church lingo at its best.

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1. Sister

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What it means to everyone else: A female sibling.

What it means to Catholics: Someone you never want to piss off.

2. Mass

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What it means to everyone else: A scientific measurement of the amount of space something takes up.

What it means to Catholics: Where you try to spend at least one hour of your week no matter what.

3. Lent

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What it means to everyone else: Past tense for the word "lend." As in "I lent him some money."

What it means to Catholics: The time of the year when you determine what addictions you still have some control over.

4. Christmas Eve

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What it means to everyone else: A night spent eating delicious food and opening up presents.

What it means to Catholics: An evening spent trying not to fall asleep at Midnight Mass.

7. Elbows

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What it means to everyone else: The main hinge joint in an arm.

What it means to Catholics: What your mom throws into your ribs when you fall asleep during homily.

9. Sex

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What it means to everyone else: A fun couples activity that may involve whips.

What it means to Catholics: Something that is never talked about, and supposed to happen only after you're married.

11. Wedding

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What it means to everyone else: A quick exchanging of vows.

What it means to Catholics: An entire mass featuring a wedding that many guests skip to go straight to the reception.

13. Dance

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What it means to everyone else: An organized event where dancing occurs.

What it means to Catholics: Always leaving room for the Holy Spirit.

14. Confirmation

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What it means to everyone else: Getting something verified.

What it means to Catholics: One of the most satisfying days of your life.

15. Latin

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What it means to everyone else: An old Romance language.

What it means to Catholics: A beautiful language you hear every Sunday that makes no sense to you at all.

16. Saints

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What it means to everyone else: A sports team.

What it means to Catholics: Spirits to whom you can pray about anything, without remembering any of their names.

17. Father

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What it means to everyone else: A more formal term for "dad."

What it means to Catholics: A spiritual mentor whom you wouldn't dare swear in front of.

19. Incense

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What it means to everyone else: An aromatic gum or other substance producing a sweet odor when burned.

What it means to Catholics: Red, itchy, and bloodshot eyes because the priest always uses too much of it.

20. Dating

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What it means to everyone else: A courtship ritual. Sometimes fun, sometimes super annoying.

What it means to Catholics: A path that must only lead toward marriage.

21. Wine

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What it means to everyone else: A delicious adult beverage.

What it means to Catholics: Something you acquired a taste for at a very young age.

23. Collection

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What it means to everyone else: A group of objects kept or stored together.

What it means to Catholics: Trying to scrounge up a crumpled one-dollar bill to put it the collection basket so you won't feel like a heathen.

24. Catholicism

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What it means to everyone else: One of the world's largest religions.

What it means to Catholics: A major staple in your life, and something that will always be an enormous part of who you are.