21 Words That Meant Something Totally Different In Primary School

“I’ll share my Nik Naks with you…NOT.”

1. “Tuck”

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What it normally means: To fold or push in the ends of something.

What it meant in primary school: Where you stocked up on Millions, flying saucers, and 10p Space Raiders at break.

2. “House”

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What it normally means: A building in which people live.

What it meant in primary school: The group your house points went towards, and which you represented at sports day.

3. “Not”

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What it normally means: Used with an auxiliary verb to form the negative. For example, “I do not agree with that.”

What it meant in primary school: Used at the end of a sentence to negate it. For example, “Of course I’ll share my Nik Naks with you…not!”

4. “Coach”

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What it normally means: A form of public transport typically used for long journeys.

What it meant at primary school: The vehicle that took you on school trips, and on which the back row meant everything.

5. “Rubber”

What it normally means: The thing you use to erase pencil marks.

What it meant in primary school: The only reliable source when it came to y/n questions.

6. “Ruler”

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What it normally means: A strip of plastic used for measuring distances and drawing straight lines.

What it meant in primary school: A strip of plastic you could poke a pencil through to spin it like a helicopter.

7. “Pencil case”

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What it normally means: A small container for writing equipment.

What it meant in primary school: An implement used to cover your spelling-test answer sheet from your cheating classmates.

8. “Tracker”

What it normally means: A person who monitors someone’s movement by following their trail.

What it meant in primary school: The ultimate break-time snack.

9. “Fives”

What it normally means: A British game in which a ball is hit against the sides of a three-walled court.

What it meant in primary school: The easiest times table, except for ones and tens.

10. “News”

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What it normally means: Noteworthy information about recent events.

What it meant in primary school: Time to gather in a circle and tell everyone which tooth you lost that week.

11. “Fountain pen”

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What it normally means: A pen containing a cartridge of ink, often used for letter writing.

What it meant in primary school: A pen that signified reaching absolute maturity.

12. “Tag”

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What it normally means: A label attached to something in order to identify its owner.

What it meant in primary school: A very serious game in which you never wanted to be “it”.

13. “Milk”

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What it normally means: A white drink produced by mammals, often poured over cereal.

What it meant in primary school: The nectar of the gods, distributed by the widely admired Milk Monitors.

14. “Please can I…”

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What it normally means: The beginning of a question asking someone in authority for permission to do something.

What it meant in primary school: A question you were never allowed to complete because your teacher would interrupt with, “Of course you can, but MAY YOU?”

15. “Conkers”

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What it normally means: The seed of the horse chestnut.

What it meant in primary school: The most brutal game you’ll ever play.

16. “Uniform”

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What it normally means: Distinctive clothing worn by members of the same organisation.

What it meant in primary school: The itchy, ill-fitting clothes your mum forced you to wear every morning. All its components were approximately 150 sizes too big to allow you to “grow into them”.

17. “Register”

What it normally means: To add something to an official list.

What it meant in primary school: A big, red book that your name was ticked off in twice a day. Catching a glimpse of its contents was VERY exciting.

18. “Bulldog”

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What it normally means: A type of dog.

What it meant in primary school: The greatest game ever invented.

19. “Simon”

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What it normally means: A man called Simon.

What it meant in primary school: A fictional man called Simon whose word was absolute. What Simon said, went.

20. “Dating”

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What it normally means: Going out with someone you are romantically interested in.

What it meant in primary school: The very important task of writing the day’s date on the top right-hand corner of your work.

21. “Bell”

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What it normally means: A metallic device that makes a sound when you hit it.

What it meant in primary school: The end of fun.

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Tabatha Leggett is head of buzz at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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