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18 Words You Won't Understand Unless You're In Your 20s

Hangover in your 20s: Literal death. (No, this is not dramatic. It is death.)

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5. Stress

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College — The not so great feeling of trying to finish that 10-page paper by midnight.

20s — The not so great feeling of trying to pay off your student loans while also paying your rent while also trying to figure out your 401k while also figuring out how you’re going to get health insurance.

6. Nap

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College — Something you do pretty much every day in between classes.

20s — Something that makes you wonder where you are after you accidentally fell asleep at 7 p.m. on your couch and wake up at 3 a.m.

7. Class

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College — You know, that thing you *maybe* went to during the week.

20s — A yoga class, kick-boxing class, or maybe one of those nice wine & painting classes that you're attending because your friend whose doing financially better than you are brought you as their +1.


9. Summer

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College — The 3-4 months a year when you had basically nothing to do but binge-watch Chopped on a Monday.

20s — The 3-4 months a year when you’re sweating a lot more but still working just as much and not getting to watch Chopped all day on a Monday unless you use PTO.

12. Restaurant

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College — The closest “nice” food establishment where you dress up, eat some food, and then have awkward conversations about how much everyone is paying.

20s — A place with a wine list where you often say, “Yeah, we all got similar things, let’s just split the check.”


13. Thursday night

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College — The night you dress up all nice and drink really, really heavily with all your friends because you only have, like, one class on Friday.

20s — The night you put on your sweats and drink a bunch of wine while watching Top Chef because how the hell is it only Thursday??

14. Facebook

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College — A place to update everyone what you’re doing in the library on a Thursday night, or where you upload pictures from the previous weekend.

20s — A place to to see who’s gotten engaged.

15. Moisturize

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College — That thing your mom is always telling you to do.

20s — That thing you fervently do because you regret not listening to your mom and now you have SO MUCH AGE to attempt to reverse.

16. Reunion

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College — That time every winter break and summer break where you get to hangout with all your high school friends.

20s — That thing that never happens because no one lives in the same state anymore.