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18 Words That Have A Different Meaning When You Live In San Diego

There's beer and then there's San Diego beer.

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1. "Cold"

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What it means everywhere else: Below freezing temperatures, possibly with ice and snow.

What it means in San Diego: When the weather dips under 70 degrees, possibly with a gust of wind or a drop of rain.

2. "Fries"

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What it means everywhere else: A greasy, fried stick of potato served as an appetizer.

What it means in San Diego An entree in itself, featuring potatoes slathered in carne asada, guac, sour cream, and salsa.

3. "The Beach"

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What it means everywhere else: Some kind of coast with sand and water.

What it means in San Diego: A literal paradise where the sun sparkles off the ocean water and you can bury your feet in immaculate sand.

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4. "Beer"

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What it means everywhere else: An alcoholic beverage sometimes enjoyed at bars.

What it means in San Diego: Expertly crafted liquid gold that will literally put you on another plane of existence.

5. "Vacation"

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What is means everywhere else: Traveling long distances from home for the purpose of relaxation.

What is means in San Diego: Going a few miles to Balboa Park, Coronado, La Jolla Cove, or basically anywhere because this whole city is full of amusements.

6. "Potato Chip"

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What it means everywhere else: A crispy, fried piece of potato.

What it means in San Diego: The peak of the hike at Mount Woodson that will help you burn off all those regular potato chips.

7. "P.B."

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What it means everywhere else: Peanut butter.

What it means in San Diego: Pacific Beach, aka the bro-iest beach town you'll ever get wasted in.

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8. "Navy Blue"

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What it means everywhere else: A lovely shade of dark blue.

What it means in San Diego: That awful feeling you get when your Navy boyfriend dumps you or deploys.

9. "Lego"

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What it means everywhere else: A tiny plastic brick that hurts like a bitch when you step on it.

What it means in San Diego: An amusement park that shows you just how far your imagination can go with millions of those tiny little bricks.

10. "Gambling"

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What it means everywhere else: A sad pastime that involves losing loads of money.

What it means in San Diego: The glorious pastime at the Del Mar Racetrack and the classiest way to lose money.

11. "Mexican Food"

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What it means everywhere else: Types of food originating in Mexico.

What it means in San Diego: A LITERAL WAY OF LIFE.

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12. "Sports"

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What it means everywhere else: An athletic activity, usually enjoyed on solid ground.

What it means in San Diego: Surfing, kayaking, wake boarding, and other things that prove humans are possibly descended from mermaids.

13. "Wildlife"

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What it means everywhere else: Deer, squirrels, gophers, and generally any animal that gets in the way on the road.

What it means in San Diego: Adorable seals and other water creatures that come up to greet you.

14. "Comics"

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What it means everywhere else: An illustrated paper magazine read for leisure.

What it means in San Diego: Things that cause about 130,000 fans, nerds, and cosplayers to swarm downtown every summer.

15. "Fluent"

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What it means everywhere else: Being able to hold and understand complex conversations in foreign languages.

What it means in San Diego: Being able to pronounce "La Jolla," "Otay Mesa," "El Cajon," and "San Ysidro."

16. "Santa Ana"

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What it means everywhere else: A city located in Orange County, California.

What it means in San Diego: Strong, dry winds that are capable of starting fires and burning San Diego to the ground.

17. "Fish"

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What it means everywhere else: An animal that resides in the water and breathes with gills.

What it means in San Diego: A shimmering freak of nature that spawns on the shores of San Diego. Seriously, check out the Grunion Run.

18. "Italy"

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What it means everywhere else: A European country shaped like a boot.

What it means in San Diego: A little neighborhood near downtown that has the best pizza you'll ever eat in your life.

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