1. “The Planet”
What it usually means: Any of the eight celestial bodies – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune – that revolve around the sun in elliptical orbits, and are illuminated by light from the sun.
What it means in Thanet: “Planet Thanet”, an affectionate term for the area. As in: “Will you be in the Planet this weekend?”
What it usually means: A rapidly vibrating humming sound such as that of a prolonged “z” or a bee in flight.
What it means in Thanet: A nightclub in Margate that you used to go to, usually underage, to get too drunk and listen to garage music. It’s now called Escape. :(
3. “Buzz bus”
What is usually means: A party bus.
What is means in Thanet: The Thanet Loop bus was known as the Buzz bus at night time on weekends, because revellers would travel on it to get to the club. It would be full of underage drunk people puking on the floor and giving out blow jobs. As in: “Waaaayy! The Buzz bus!”
What it usually means: Something of a satisfactory or acceptable quality.
What it means in Thanet: A way of greeting someone that is then repeated over and over and over. “Alright?” “Yeah, I’m alright mate, are you alright?” “Yeah, I’m alright mate. You alright?” “Yeah, I’m alright.” And so on.
6. “Charles Dickens”
What it usually means: An acclaimed English novelist who scribed such classic stories as A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations.
What it means in Thanet: A pub or a school. “Going down The Dickens for a pint.” Or you can attend Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs.
7. “The Dolphin”
What it usually means: A marine mammal of the family Delphinidae that is typically smaller than a whale and larger than a porpoise, and has a beaklike snout.
What it means in Thanet: A cave where you drink in Broadstairs that’s sometimes so busy that sweat drops from the ceiling. You may very well witness or be part of a fight.
9. “Chocolate Lover”
What it usually means: Someone who loves eating chocolate. Potentially a chocoholic.
What it means in Thanet: A chocolate-based alcoholic shot served in Harpers wine bar in Broadstairs.
10. “The lido”
What it usually means: A public place of recreation, including a pool for swimming or water sports.
What it means in Thanet: Where the local goths used to go to see live music.
What it usually means: An ideal land existing in dreams or in the imagination.
What it means in Thanet: An imperfect land that doesn’t exist in dreams or the imagination. Located in Margate, it’s one of the oldest amusement parks in Britain, but was victim of an arson attack in 2008 and is currently closed awaiting refurbishment.
What it usually means: A thoroughfare in New York City, famous for its theatres and lights. The centre of the commercial theatre in the US.
What it means in Thanet: The traffic lights by the petrol station at the top of Broadstairs, known as “the Broadway”.
What it usually means: The day after Saturday. The Christian day of worship.
What it means in Thanet: The place you go to turn orange under a sun bed. Although you have to sneak in as it’s at the Broadway and everyone will see you go in when they stop at the traffic lights.
What it usually means: A name for males such as film director Joss Whedon.
What it means in Thanet: Joss Bay, the local surfers’ beach. e.g. “Heading down Joss to catch some waves.”
What it usually means: The surname of Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood and designer Vivienne Westwood.
What it means in Thanet: Westwood Cross, where you get stuck in traffic for hours to go shopping in high street stores. e.g. “Going up Westwood to pick up some bits.”
17. “Brandy Bucks”
What it usually means: Money for brandy.
What it means in Thanet: The best themed restaurant that ever lived. A wonderland of trees and streams that even had a witch with eyes that lit up. But it went bust. :( #RIPBrandyBucks
What it usually means: Short for rammed – a place that is too crowded and busy. “This place is a bit rammo.”
What it means in Thanet: A nickname for Ramsgate. “Just off to Rammo to go to The Royal.”
What it usually means: A friend.
What it means in Thanet: Anybody you speak to, including friends, family, children, and strangers. For example: “Kebab and chips please, mate.”
What it usually means: A name for a man.
What it means in Thanet: Clarence the Dragon, who comes round once a year at Broadstairs Folk Week and collects money in his mouth. As the rhyme goes: “I know a friendly dragon, Clarence is his name / He lives by the sea at Broadstairs, and now he’s back again.”