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21 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You're A Lifeguard

"NO RUNNING ON THE POOL DECK!"

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1. Whistle

What other people think it means: A small device you blow into to make a sharp, high-pitched noise.What lifeguards know it means: That thing you twirl around when you're sitting in the guard chair, and drop in the pool WAY too often.
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What other people think it means: A small device you blow into to make a sharp, high-pitched noise.

What lifeguards know it means: That thing you twirl around when you're sitting in the guard chair, and drop in the pool WAY too often.

2. Running

What other people think it means: The fastest way people can move on their own.What lifeguards know it means: What you're constantly yelling at kids for doing on the pool deck.
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What other people think it means: The fastest way people can move on their own.

What lifeguards know it means: What you're constantly yelling at kids for doing on the pool deck.

3. Pool

What other people think it means: A man-made body of water used for recreation and leisure.What lifeguards know it means: Basically, your office and the place you spend way, way too much time.
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What other people think it means: A man-made body of water used for recreation and leisure.

What lifeguards know it means: Basically, your office and the place you spend way, way too much time.

4. Thunder

What other people think it means: A weather phenomenon. What lifeguards know it means: The best possible noise you can possibly hear when you're lifeguarding because it means you get at least half an hour of FREEDOM — and you've developed superhuman senses to detect.
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What other people think it means: A weather phenomenon.

What lifeguards know it means: The best possible noise you can possibly hear when you're lifeguarding because it means you get at least half an hour of FREEDOM — and you've developed superhuman senses to detect.

5. Chair

What other people think it means: A device used to sit upon. What lifeguards know it means: The device that BETTER have an umbrella up when you're sitting in it for your shift. Unless you're working on your tan, of course.
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What other people think it means: A device used to sit upon.

What lifeguards know it means: The device that BETTER have an umbrella up when you're sitting in it for your shift. Unless you're working on your tan, of course.

6. Snack Bar

What other people think it means: The place where you get food and drinks at the pool.What lifeguards know it means: The place you practically treat like a five-star restaurant even though it probably serves stale chicken nuggets, because you get HUNGRY while guarding.
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What other people think it means: The place where you get food and drinks at the pool.

What lifeguards know it means: The place you practically treat like a five-star restaurant even though it probably serves stale chicken nuggets, because you get HUNGRY while guarding.

7. Parents

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What other people think it means: A human being who has a child.

What lifeguards know it means: The bane of your existence, and dealing with them is most likely the hardest part of your job.

8. Tan

What other people think it means: What happens to your skin when you spend too much time in the sun. What lifeguards know it means: What happens to your skin when you spend too much time in the sun and you get those weird lines all over your body.
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What other people think it means: What happens to your skin when you spend too much time in the sun.

What lifeguards know it means: What happens to your skin when you spend too much time in the sun and you get those weird lines all over your body.

9. Kids

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What other people think it means: Young human beings.

What lifeguards know it means: The people who you're always yelling at to stop running on the pool deck.

10. Chlorine

What other people think it means: An element with the atomic number of 17.What lifeguards know it means: What you smell like before work, during work, and after work.
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What other people think it means: An element with the atomic number of 17.

What lifeguards know it means: What you smell like before work, during work, and after work.

11. Poop

What other people think it means: Excrement.

What lifeguards know it means: Another excuse to close the pool early.

12. Sunglasses

What other people think it means: An accessory you wear on your face over your eyes.What lifeguards know it means: If you forget these at home, you're screwed.
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What other people think it means: An accessory you wear on your face over your eyes.

What lifeguards know it means: If you forget these at home, you're screwed.

13. Chemicals

What other people think it means: A distinct substance with unique properties.What lifeguards know it means: The thing you forget to check at several points throughout the day.
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What other people think it means: A distinct substance with unique properties.

What lifeguards know it means: The thing you forget to check at several points throughout the day.

14. Bathroom

What other people think it means: A room where you can find toilets, sinks, and sometimes showers. What lifeguards know it means: The one place you dread being told you need to go clean.
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What other people think it means: A room where you can find toilets, sinks, and sometimes showers.

What lifeguards know it means: The one place you dread being told you need to go clean.

15. Baby Pool

What other people think it means: A smaller man-made body of water for young children to play in.What lifeguards know it means: Easily the grossest area of the pool.
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What other people think it means: A smaller man-made body of water for young children to play in.

What lifeguards know it means: Easily the grossest area of the pool.

16. Closing

What other people think it means: When you shut something down for the day.What lifeguards know it means: You're supposed to close at 8, but why are there still kids in the pool at 8:15?
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What other people think it means: When you shut something down for the day.

What lifeguards know it means: You're supposed to close at 8, but why are there still kids in the pool at 8:15?

17. Swimsuit

What other people think it means: An article of clothing you wear when you go in the pool, ocean, lake, etc.

What lifeguards know it means: The best uniform you possibly could have.

18. Frog

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What other people think it means: An amphibious creature.

What lifeguards know it means: The gross animal you have to fish out of the water despite the fact there are seemingly no lakes or ponds around your pool.

19. Diving Board

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What other people think it means: A device you jump off of into the pool.

What lifeguards know it means: A device that kids jump off of and nearly hit their heads that terrifies you on a daily basis.

20. Sunscreen

What other people think it means: A product used to protect you from sunburn.What lifeguards know it means: You apply it so much it's basically a second layer of skin.
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What other people think it means: A product used to protect you from sunburn.

What lifeguards know it means: You apply it so much it's basically a second layer of skin.

21. Lifeguard

What other people think it means: A job where you're assigned to watch over a pool or body of water, and maintain the safety and cleanliness of the facility.What lifeguards know it means: It can be a pain in the ass sometimes...but really, the best job ever.
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What other people think it means: A job where you're assigned to watch over a pool or body of water, and maintain the safety and cleanliness of the facility.

What lifeguards know it means: It can be a pain in the ass sometimes...but really, the best job ever.

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