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25 Words That Have A Completely Different Meaning For Londoners

Success = Getting off the tube right in front of the exit. Let's do this again.

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1. "Escalators"

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.
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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.

2. "Date"

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Usually means: Romantic engagement.

In London means: Getting drunk and bitching about your jobs.

3. "The South"

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Usually means: Anything below Birmingham.

In London means: Anything below the river. Mostly Estate Agents.

4. "Cereal Cafe"

Usually means: An slightly silly novelty.In London means: The next front in the culture wars.
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Usually means: An slightly silly novelty.

In London means: The next front in the culture wars.

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.

6. "Artisan"

Usually means: Something made by a skilled craftsman.

In London means: Something made by a skilled craftsman, but made to look like it was made by an unskilled craftsman. Also more expensive.

7. "Success"

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Usually means: A significant achievement in your life.

In London means: Getting off the tube at the exact right spot to get to the exit.

8. "Cable car"

Usually means: Something you only get in ski resorts.In London means: Something you only get by the O2, for a reason no-one can actually explain.
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Usually means: Something you only get in ski resorts.

In London means: Something you only get by the O2, for a reason no-one can actually explain.

9. "Foxes"

Usually means: Small ginger animal that lives in the countryside.In London means: Small ginger animal that lives absolutely fucking everywhere.
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Usually means: Small ginger animal that lives in the countryside.

In London means: Small ginger animal that lives absolutely fucking everywhere.

10. "Fresh Air"

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Usually means: The clean, lovely air you always find outdoors.

In London means: The only slightly grey air you can sometimes find outdoors. If you're in a park. At 4am.

11. "Gentrified"

Usually means: A complex socio-economic process has occurred.In London means: The poor people are gone now.
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Usually means: A complex socio-economic process has occurred.

In London means: The poor people are gone now.

12. "Plans"

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Usually means: Something you make with friends at the weekend

In London means: Something you pretend to make with friends at the weekend, before cancelling and watching Netflix instead.

13. "Burger"

Usually means: A simple meat sandwich.In London means: Could be fucking anything, at this point.
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Usually means: A simple meat sandwich.

In London means: Could be fucking anything, at this point.

14. "Work-life balance"

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Usually means: Proper prioritising between career and lifestyle.

In London means: LOL nope.

15. "Traditional"

Usually means: The sort of pub that hasn't changed since the 18th century.In London means: Any pub that's more than four years old and still doesn't sell Wasabi fucking peas.
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Usually means: The sort of pub that hasn't changed since the 18th century.

In London means: Any pub that's more than four years old and still doesn't sell Wasabi fucking peas.

16. "Walking"

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Usually means: Getting from place to place on foot.

In London means: An excuse to criticise people's entire existence when they do it too slow.

17. "River"

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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.
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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.

19. "Museum trip"

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Usually means: A trip to a museum.

In London means: A trip to a pub, during which going to a museum will be discussed.

20. "South Bank"

Usually means: The side of the river that isn't the North.In London means: The side of the river that is painfully full of people.
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Usually means: The side of the river that isn't the North.

In London means: The side of the river that is painfully full of people.

21. "Gourmet"

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Usually means: Unique, hard-to-find food.

In London means: Food with some sort of incomprehensible unnecessary weird shit sprinkled on it.

22. "Gin"

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Usually means: A type of spirit.

In London means: A type of cult. Practitioners are known as "enthusiasts."

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.
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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.

24. "Headphones"

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Usually means: Method of listening to music.

In London means: Vital protection against the world.

25. "Oxford Street"

Usually means: A street in Oxford.In London means: Hell on earth.
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Usually means: A street in Oxford.

In London means: Hell on earth.