7 ordinary words that mean something totally different to petrolheads
We rarely think about the words that make up our daily vocabulary except when we hear people use them in a way that we are not familiar with.
When it comes to petrolheads, we have a dictionary which is almost perpendicular to that of ordinary humans. Something which might mean one thing for them means something totally different for us.
Here are a few ordinary words that mean something totally unique to those with petrol running though their veins. How many can you recognise?
To ordinary people:verb/noun (1) help or encourage (something) to increase or improve; (2) a push from below.
To petrolheads: The pressure formed by a turbocharger which forces air into the engine of the car, thus creating a boost.
To ordinary people: noun (1) the goods or merchandise kept on the premises of a shop or warehouse and available for sale or distribution; (2) the capital raised by a company or corporation through the issue and subscription of shares.
To petrolheads: Plain and stock-standard, nothing has been done to the car to alter it.
To petrolheads: When the wheels of a car are modified to sit next to (flush) the fenders of the car. It also refers to body panels of a car which are smoothed out, such as door handles, and number plate panels in the rear section of the car.
To petrolheads: A rare car that is almost legendary to most car lovers. It is pursued, idolised and almost never for sale.
To ordinary people: noun: An intense form of aerobic exercise performed on stationary exercise bikes and led by an instructor who sets the constantly varying pace.
To petrolheads: The act of losing traction – drivers wheelspin their car, intentionally or not. Spinning is also a growing form of motorsport in South Africa.
To petrolheads: A medium that can be used to buy car parts.
To ordinary people: noun: a person or animal who is asleep
To petrolheads: A vehicle that by design looks slow or simple (understated) but when driving is surprisingly fast. 'Sleeping' on the line refers to when a driver, racing against another driver, pulls away to slowly when the lights go green. That driver is then said to be "sleeping" on the line.
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