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19 Words That Mean Something Different To L.A. Drivers

Another Sig-Alert on the 405? Ugh.

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2. "Stop Sign"

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What it means: A sign that notifies drivers when they are supposed to stop.

What it means to an L.A. driver: A sign that notifies people they should slow down a bit. If they want. I mean, it's up to them. No pressure.

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6. "Hollywood & Highland"

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What it means: A tourist destination in Hollywood featuring restaurants, shopping, and the Kodak Theater.

What it means to L.A. drivers: An area to avoid at all costs unless you feel like being stuck at an intersection for eternity.

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11. "Yellow Light"

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What it means: The light in a traffic light that notifies drivers that they should prepare to stop.

What it means to an L.A. driver: The light in a traffic light that notifies drivers they should speed up and beat that red light. It also notifies drivers making a left turn that two-to-four cars should make a left after the light turns red.

12. "Sig-Alert"

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What it means: According to the California Department of Transportation, it's "any traffic incident that will tie up two or more lanes of a freeway for two or more hours."

What it means to an L.A. driver: A term you've dreaded for years but couldn't define until you read the above.

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13. "Turn Signal"

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What it means: A blinking light at the rear of a vehicle that notifies others that you wish to merge into another lane.

What it means to an L.A. driver: A blinking light – its use is optional – that notifies drivers to do everything in their power to prevent you from merging into their lane.

14. "High-Speed Car Chase"

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What it means: A high-speed police pursuit of a suspect.

What it means to L.A. drivers: If you're on the road, it's a terrifying procession of bright lights and sirens. If you're at home, it's a television event that will stop you from whatever you're doing until it reaches a resolution (or until the helicopter is out of range).

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18. "Sepulveda Pass"

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What it means: A stretch of the 405 freeway that passes through the Santa Monica Mountains.

What it means to L.A. drivers: A place where thousands of drivers can congregate and take in the smell of burnt brake pads.