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18 Words Forever Ruined For Restaurant Workers

Substitutions: the bane of your existence.

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1. "Break"

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What it usually means: A 30-minute period to eat, catch up on texts, and prepare yourself for the remainder of your shift.

What it means to a restaurant worker: A two-minute period spent drinking out of a quart container and eating over a garbage can.

2. "Substitutions"

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What it usually means: Small changes to preexisting menu items based on personal preferences.

What it means to a restaurant worker: Absurd requests that require both the server and kitchen staff to bend over backwards to complete.

3. "Yelp"

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What it usually means: A website for people to read and write restaurant reviews.

What it means to a restaurant worker: A place to catch up on restaurant gossip and read about mistakes you and your coworkers have made.

4. "Lunch Hour"

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What it usually means: A break in the middle of the day for employees to eat lunch, relax, and recharge for the remainder of their workday.

What it means to a restaurant worker: Two hours of complete and total chaos marked by an endless wave of difficult customers in a hurry to eat.

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5. "Brunch"

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What it usually means: A late-morning meal enjoyed on weekends with mimosas, friends, and leisurely conversations.

What it means to a restaurant worker: A nightmarish shift starting painfully early marked by a never-ending stream of bottomless mimosas and eggs cooked over-easy.

6. "Foodie"

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What it usually means: A person with a strong interest in food.

What it means to a restaurant worker: The bane of your existence. Often the most difficult, disrespectful, and entitled customers you encounter.

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10. "Weekend"

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What it usually means: A period of time from Friday evening to Sunday evening spent away from work.

What it means to a restaurant worker: The two worst days of the week packed with long shifts, late nights, and drunken customers.

11. "Sick Day"

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What it usually means: A day taken off of work due to illness.

What it means to a restaurant worker: A day spent chugging orange juice out of a quart container, cooling off in the walk-in, and warming your hands under a heat lamp.

12. "Work Shift"

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What it usually means: A period of eight hours spent at work complete with a 30-minute lunch break.

What it means to a restaurant worker: A twelve to fourteen-hour period spent frantically prepping for the rush, barely surviving it, and setting up for the next one.

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14. "The Weeds"

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What it usually means: Unwanted plants that grow in a garden.

What it means to a restaurant worker: A state of being marked by an overwhelming workload, thoughts of quitting your job, and a constant stream of tickets.

15. "Hot Behind"

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What it usually means: A *possibly inappropriate* description of someone's butt.

What it means to a restaurant worker: A verbal warning used to get people to move (even when you're not actually carrying anything hot).

16. "Runner"

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What it usually means: A person who runs for enjoyment and/or exercise.

What it means to a restaurant worker: The employee who delivers food to the table summoned by aggressive yelling (re: I NEED A RUNNER).

17. "Corner"

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What it usually means: A place where two walls meet.

What it means to a restaurant worker: A verbal warning for everyone in your immediate area to clear a path (especially when turning a corner or opening a door).