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25 Words That Have A Completely Different Meaning For Londoners

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1. "Escalators"

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Usually means: Handy moving stairs that are basically everywhere.

In London means: Handy moving stairs that are basically everywhere AND YET SOME PEOPLE DON'T SEEM TO KNOW HOW TO USE THEM.


5. "Deposit"

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Usually means: Broadly attainable sum of money, used to partially purchase a house.

In London means: The GDP of a minor Eastern European country, used to partially purchase a much smaller house.


17. "River" / Via

Usually means: Flowing water.

In London means: Flowing... something. Look, it's definitely not water, even if there was a whale in it. Also a handy way to get out of doing things you don't want to do, since you can always be "on the wrong side" of it.

18. "Pulled pork"

Usually means: A rare treat.

In London means: A localised humanitarian disaster. It's everywhere. Absolutely everywhere. Babies in Hoxton have to be weaned on it, and leftovers are piled high in dumpsters thoughout East London.


23. "Craft beer"

Usually means: Carefully made, small batch, high quality beer.

In London means: Basically normal beer, but a bit darker and more expensive. / A good way to get rid of 5 quid you didn't want any more.