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22 Words That Take On A Whole New Meaning In Cornwall

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1. "My lover"

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What it usually means: How you refer to the person you are having sex with.

What it means in Cornwall: How you refer to literally anybody.


4. "Foreigner"

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What it usually means: Somebody from another country.

What it means in Cornwall: Somebody from a different part of the same country. Possibly from the next village over.

6. "Directly"

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What it usually means: With stopping or changing direction; immediately.

What it means in Cornwall: Something will happen at some time, maybe. e.g. "See you dreckly."

7. "Traffic"

What it usually means: Large numbers of cars on the road.

What it means in Cornwall: Large numbers of cows on the road.


9. "Summer"


What it usually means: Season characterised by hot weather, cloudless skies and bright sunshine.

What it means in Cornwall: Season characterised by slightly warmer rain.

11. "Hanging"

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What it usually means: Being suspended from something above.

What it means in Cornwall: Feeling really rough. e.g. "Oooh, I feel hanging today."

13. "Jumping"


What it usually means: Propelling yourself into the air with your legs.

What it means in Cornwall: Being really pissed off. e.g. "I couldn't believe 'e said that, I was jumping."


14. "Public transport"


What it usually means: Widely available mass transit infrastructure.

What it means in Cornwall: That possibly mythical bus that turns up once a month.

16. "Mobile phone"


What it usually means: A vital communication tool that you have with you at all times.

What it means in Cornwall: Decorative object of no practical use.


21. "Pasty"

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What it usually means: Some sort of savoury pastry thing that is definitely not a proper pasty.

What it means in Cornwall: Overtook you on the road. e.g. "Pasty, diddy?"

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