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18 Words That Mean Something Completely Different To Sydneysiders

Spring? Ohhhhh you mean fucking magpies everywhere.

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1. "Opal"

What it normally means: An iridescent gemstone. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: A constant slew of error messages and way too many instances of overcharging.
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What it normally means: An iridescent gemstone.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: A constant slew of error messages and way too many instances of overcharging.

2. "Messina"

What it normally means: A town in Sicily, Italy. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: Ludicrous lines for overpriced gelato you can't resist.
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What it normally means: A town in Sicily, Italy.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: Ludicrous lines for overpriced gelato you can't resist.

3. "Wonderland"

What it normally means: The land that Alice found herself in after tumbling down the rabbit hole. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The greatest part of your childhood, and the absolute worst when it shut down.
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What it normally means: The land that Alice found herself in after tumbling down the rabbit hole.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The greatest part of your childhood, and the absolute worst when it shut down.

4. "Opera"

What it normally means: A performance with singers and live instrumentals. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: So many tourists. So many seagulls.
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What it normally means: A performance with singers and live instrumentals.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: So many tourists. So many seagulls.

5. "Bridge"

What it normally means: A structure that connects two points.What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The constant fear that someone will fuck up and swerve into your lane while driving.
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What it normally means: A structure that connects two points.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The constant fear that someone will fuck up and swerve into your lane while driving.

6. "Icebergs"

What it normally means: The fucker that sunk the Titanic. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The fucker that sunk your liver and bank balance.
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What it normally means: The fucker that sunk the Titanic.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The fucker that sunk your liver and bank balance.

7. "Manly"

What it normally means: To show the qualities often associated with being a man.What it means if you grew up in Sydney: Hopping on the crowded ferry on a scorcher for a quick dip at the beach.
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What it normally means: To show the qualities often associated with being a man.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: Hopping on the crowded ferry on a scorcher for a quick dip at the beach.

8. "Rockpool"

What it normally means: A small pool of water nestled in rocks. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The restaurant that serves the meals that all your mates rush to post on Instagram.
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What it normally means: A small pool of water nestled in rocks.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The restaurant that serves the meals that all your mates rush to post on Instagram.

9. "Train"

What it normally means: To teach a skill through repeated practice. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: Delays and broken promises of "air conditioned" carriages.
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What it normally means: To teach a skill through repeated practice.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: Delays and broken promises of "air conditioned" carriages.

10. "Lockout"

What it normally means: When an employer doesn't allow employees to work until they agree to certain conditions. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The start of some fucking dreadful Saturday nights.
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What it normally means: When an employer doesn't allow employees to work until they agree to certain conditions.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The start of some fucking dreadful Saturday nights.

11. "Ivy"

What it normally means: A climbing vine with five-pointed leaves.What it means if you grew up in Sydney: Fighting your post-Pacha hangover on Sunday morning by consuming even more alcohol at Marco Polo.
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What it normally means: A climbing vine with five-pointed leaves.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: Fighting your post-Pacha hangover on Sunday morning by consuming even more alcohol at Marco Polo.

12. "Rocks"

What it normally means: A fragment of compressed mineral.What it means if you grew up in Sydney: A sick place to grab a cheeky plate of pancakes.
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What it normally means: A fragment of compressed mineral.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: A sick place to grab a cheeky plate of pancakes.

13. "Star"

What it normally means: A luminous body of burning gas which emits light in the sky. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The place you ended up at after the clubs closed, blowing any cash you had left.
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What it normally means: A luminous body of burning gas which emits light in the sky.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The place you ended up at after the clubs closed, blowing any cash you had left.

14. "Vivid"

What it normally means: Something very bright or deep. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The reason you avoid going into the CBD to do anything at night in May.
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What it normally means: Something very bright or deep.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The reason you avoid going into the CBD to do anything at night in May.

15. "Cross"

What it normally means: A post with a horizontal and vertical bar often used in crucifixion or to represent god. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The place where you say "meet me by the coke sign" and the person automatically knows what's up.
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What it normally means: A post with a horizontal and vertical bar often used in crucifixion or to represent god.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: The place where you say "meet me by the coke sign" and the person automatically knows what's up.

16. "Canberra"

What it normally means: The capital of Australia, situated in the ACT.What it means if you grew up in Sydney: Visiting the Parliament house on a school trip but really going to hit up Questacon.
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What it normally means: The capital of Australia, situated in the ACT.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: Visiting the Parliament house on a school trip but really going to hit up Questacon.

17. "Paddys"

What it normally means: A field where you grow rice. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: A marketplace where you can purchase fresh fruit and veg and some hella fresh knock-off clothes and shoes.
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What it normally means: A field where you grow rice.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: A marketplace where you can purchase fresh fruit and veg and some hella fresh knock-off clothes and shoes.

18. "Spring"

What it normally means: The season that comes after winter and is before summer. What it means if you grew up in Sydney: Fucking swooping season.
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What it normally means: The season that comes after winter and is before summer.

What it means if you grew up in Sydney: Fucking swooping season.