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27 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In Essex

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1. "Mate"

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What it normally means: A friend.

What it means in Essex: Anybody you speak to including friends, family, children, adults, and strangers. For example: "Kebab and chips please, mate."

3. "Chip off"

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What it normally means: To dislodge a small chunk from an object.

What it means in Essex: To go away, to leave. For example: "If he's only drinking water tonight, he can chip off."

4. "Nice one bruva"

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What it normally means: An appreciation of success, aimed at a male sibling.

What it means in Essex: An exclamation of happiness, aimed at anyone, including yourself. For example: "Just won £2 on a scratchy… NICE ONE BRUVAAAA."

5. "Get a tan"

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What it normally means: To undergo a slight darkening of the skin after exposure to the sun.

What it means in Essex: To go to a salon and purchase a brown liquid, mousse, or cream for application to your skin, usually with a designated tanning mitten. As in, "Will be over later, gotta get a tan, babe."

7. "Bit of fluff"

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What it normally means: A small piece of light, downy mass.

What it means in Essex: A girl, woman, wife, girlfriend, or mistress you're interested in or involved with. "Yeh, I'm seeing my bit of fluff after the footie."

9. "Banter"

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What it normally means: The playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks.

What it means in Essex: The ability to not bore the person you're talking to. For example, "I don't mind her though, she has good banter."

10. "I’m not even joking, but..."

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What it normally means: This isn't intended to be amusing.

What it means in Essex: I am about to say something slightly controversial, nasty, or concerning. For example, "I'm not even joking but, but she has got proper fat, no?"

14. "Bomb it"

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What it normally means: To set off an explosive device.

What it means in Essex: To travel at a rapid speed, usually in a car. For example, "I'm gonna bomb it down to Southend seafront later, you in?"

16. "Mug"

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What it normally means: A tall cup, used for hot drinks.

What it means in Essex: An idiot, usually someone being taken for granted or taken advantage of. For example, "You'll look like a right mug if you take her back."

18. "On it"

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What it normally means: Resting atop of something.

What it means in Essex: Moving away from a sober state via the rapid and dedicated consumption of all nearby intoxicants. For example, "We're gonna get on it tonight, yeah?"

19. "Kick off"

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What it normally means: To move forcefully with your foot, or the start of a football match.

What it means in Essex: To start a fight. For example, "It's all kicking off down the pub, mate."

20. "Messy"

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What it normally means: Untidy, unkempt.

What it means in Essex: Raucous, involving high levels of intoxication and memory loss. For example, "Your birthday is gonna get messy."

27. "Oi oi saveloy"

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What it normally means: Attention, attention, cheap red sausage.

What it means in Essex: "Hello, my friend." Often shouted out of a moving vehicle. For example, "OI OI SAVELOYYY. You alriight, mate?"

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