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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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1. "Compact Parking"

What it means: A parking spot created for compact cars. What it means to an L.A. driver: A parking spot.
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What it means: A parking spot created for compact cars.

What it means to an L.A. driver: A parking spot.

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.

3. "The 405"

What it means: An interstate highway that runs from San Diego to San Fernando. What it means to an L.A. driver: One of the largest parking lots in California.
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What it means: An interstate highway that runs from San Diego to San Fernando.

What it means to an L.A. driver: One of the largest parking lots in California.

4. "Obama"

What it means: The last name of President Barack Obama. What it means to L.A. drivers: STREET CLOSURES.
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What it means: The last name of President Barack Obama.

What it means to L.A. drivers: STREET CLOSURES.

5. "Rain"

What it means: Precipitation. What it means to an L.A. driver: A liquid substance that renders L.A. drivers unable to make sound decisions.
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What it means: Precipitation.

What it means to an L.A. driver: A liquid substance that renders L.A. drivers unable to make sound decisions.

6. "Hollywood & Highland"

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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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.

7. "Pedestrian"

What it means: Lacking inspiration; a person who is walking. What it means to an L.A. driver: A person who is expected to hurry up and cross the street when cars are waiting to turn.
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What it means: Lacking inspiration; a person who is walking.

What it means to an L.A. driver: A person who is expected to hurry up and cross the street when cars are waiting to turn.

8. "Dodger Game"

What it means: A baseball game featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers. What it means to L.A. drivers: Nothing but brake lights on the 110.
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What it means: A baseball game featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What it means to L.A. drivers: Nothing but brake lights on the 110.

9. "Shoulder"

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What it means: An emergency stopping lane.

What it means to an L.A. driver: A special lane created for impatient drivers whose time is way more important than yours.

10. "Over The Hill"

What it means: An expression used for people who are getting old. What it means to L.A. drivers: Driving from the Valley to Hollywood, Santa Monica and other nearby areas.
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What it means: An expression used for people who are getting old.

What it means to L.A. drivers: Driving from the Valley to Hollywood, Santa Monica and other nearby areas.

11. "Yellow Light"

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.
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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"

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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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.

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"

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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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).

15. "Freeway"

What it means: An express highway.What it means to L.A. drivers: A highway so free that it holds you against your will between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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What it means: An express highway.

What it means to L.A. drivers: A highway so free that it holds you against your will between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

16. "Carpool Lane"

What it means: A lane created for drivers who are carrying one or more passengers. What it means to an L.A. driver: That lane you look at longingly when you're stuck in traffic.
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What it means: A lane created for drivers who are carrying one or more passengers.

What it means to an L.A. driver: That lane you look at longingly when you're stuck in traffic.

17. "Ways"

What it means: A distance; a suffix that follows and adverb.What it means to L.A. driver: A strange spelling of WAZE.
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What it means: A distance; a suffix that follows and adverb.

What it means to L.A. driver: A strange spelling of WAZE.

18. "Sepulveda Pass"

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.
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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.

19. "Patience"

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What it means: Tolerance or acceptance of a situation without getting angry.

What it means to L.A. drivers: An emotion they've heard of but have never experienced.

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