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19 Words You Don't Actually Understand Unless You're From Long Island

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1. LIRR

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What other people thinks it means: One word that's pronounced "leer" or "lurr."

What it means to Long Islanders: An acronym that stands for the Long Island Rail Road; also known as the booze train on the weekends.

2. The Coliseum

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What other people thinks it means: That old structure in Rome.

What it means to Long Islanders: Nassau Coliseum, where all the Islanders games used to be played. 😭

3. Green Acres

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What other people thinks it means: Some kind of farm land.

What it means to Long Islanders: A mall where you can chill with your friends and go on dates.

4. Roosevelt Field

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What other people thinks it means: A field that was named after one of the Roosevelts?

What it means to Long Islanders: A bigger, more high-end mall that celebs will occasionally do appearances at.

5. Pizza

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What other people thinks it means: A type of Italian food.

What it means to Long Islanders: The cause of many fights because no one can ever agree on which pizza place is the best.

6. Snow Day

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What other people thinks it means: A day that you get off from school because of snow.

What it means to Long Islanders: An imaginary concept that occurred maybe once in all your school years.

7. Bar/Bat Mitzvah

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What other people thinks it means: The religious ceremony of a Jewish person becoming an adult.

What it means to Long Islanders: The best parties of junior high school.

8. The Piano Man

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What other people thinks it means: A song by Billy Joel.

What it means to Long Islanders: Hometown hero, Billy Joel, who's a national treasure.

9. The City

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What other people thinks it means: Any city in their area.

What it means to Long Islanders: Manhattan; also, where everyone goes to have fun and work.

10. Bagel

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What other people thinks it means: A form of bread that people eat for breakfast.

What it means to Long Islanders: THE GREATEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD!! Literally!

11. Car

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What other people thinks it means: A mode of transportation.

What it means to Long Islanders: The only reasonable mode of transportation unless you want to wait an hour for the bus or train.

12. Hot Skates

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What other people thinks it means: "Hot skates you got there!"

What it means to Long Islanders: The roller skating rink where at least one person every year had a birthday party when you were a kid (and occasionally still do).

13. Ralph's

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What other people thinks it means: Just some guy named Ralph.

What it means to Long Islanders: The perfect hang out spot during the summer to grab an Italian ice and sit on a bench or the curb with friends.

14. Adventureland

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What other people thinks it means: That movie with Kristin Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg.

What it means to Long Islanders: The amusement park everyone went to as a kid, especially if you were in summer camp.

15. Splish Splash

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What other people thinks it means: The sound water makes when it moves around.

What it means to Long Islanders: The water park cousin of Adventureland, where you spent most of your time on the slides while your parents were on the lazy river.

16. Long Beach

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What other people thinks it means: A long beach.

What it means to Long Islanders: The best beach where high school seniors usually go for senior cut day.

17. Jones Beach

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What other people thinks it means: A beach named after someone names Jones?

What it means to Long Islanders: The other beach where you watch the Air Show on Memorial Day weekend every year and see concerts at the theater.

18. Carvel

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What other people thinks it means: A ship.

What it means to Long Islanders: Where everyone gets their ice cream birthday cakes with the cookie crumb center.

19. Diner

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What other people think it means: A nice place to eat.

What it means to Long Islanders: The 24-hour restaurant you and your friends went to after every dance, party, and function during high school.

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