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23 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning On The Isle Of Man

Alright there, yessir!

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3. "Yessir"

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What it usually means: Used to express assent to a superior. Originates from combining the words "yes" and "sir".

What it means on the Isle of Man: Mate. For example, a standard greeting would be: "Alright there, yessir!"

4. "Bay"

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What it usually means: A broad inlet of the sea where the land curves inwards.

What it means on the Isle of Man: Also means mate when used as a greeting. Originates from "boy". e.g., "Alright, bay!"

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6. "Train"

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What it usually means: A form of public transport that many people use to get to work.

What it means on the Isle of Man: A form of public transport powered by steam that doesn't start until 10:30am.

7. "Taxi"

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What it usually means: A vehicle licensed to transport passengers in return for payment of a fare.

What it means on the Isle of Man: A vehicle licensed to transport passengers in return for payment of your life savings.

8. "Pulley"

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What it usually means: A mechanism used to raise heavy weights.

What it means on the Isle of Man: A place you were too scared to go as a child through fear of attack, particularly when playing football.

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9. "Griddles"

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What it usually means: Heavy, flat, iron plates that are heated and used for cooking food.

What it means on the Isle of Man: The best fast-food restaurant there ever was, until stupid KFC came along and it shut down. #RIPGriddles #gonetoosoon

12. "Fairies"

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What it usually means: Small imaginary beings of human form that have magical powers.

What it means on the Isle of Man: Small but VERY real beings of human form that prevent you from crashing your car, providing you wave and say hello as you drive over their magic bridge.

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17. "Politician"

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What it usually means: Holder of an elected office, often accused of being corrupt.

What it means on the Isle of Man: Holder of an elected office, often accused of being corrupt. Also, your uncle.

20. "Quids in"

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What it usually means: In a position where one has profited or is likely to profit from something.

What it means on the Isle of Man: A bar where everything is a pound (except for the things that are £1.30) and terrible things happen.

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21. "Too far"

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What it usually means: When the distance between where you are and where you want to go is so great you decide it is not worth the effort.

What it means on the Isle of Man: Anywhere you can't drive to in 20 minutes.