What's the "DMV," now?

Every city has its own quirks and subculture. With centuries of history behind it, even Washington, D.C., itself has developed its own culture and, consequently, some unique words, phrases, and overall lingo. Here are a few of our favorite Washington, D.C., terms:

Bamma

Courtesy of Enchanted Learning

  • What it means to most people: Slang for Alabama
  • What it means to D.C. residents: A person who has no class, style, or taste. Ouch!

The Hill

Courtesy of TripAdvisor

  • What it means to most people: A small raised area of land
  • What it means to D.C. residents: The political center of the city where many of your friends and acquaintances probably work

DMV

Courtesy of Weichert New Homes

  • What it means to most people: The Department of Motor Vehicles. Where you go to waste hours of your time just to learn that you didn't bring the proper paperwork.
  • What it means to D.C. residents: The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia area. Some only include areas where the Metro goes while others consider the entirety of each state to be in "the DMV."

Mambo

Courtesy of YouTube

  • What it means to most people: A Latin dance
  • What is means to D.C. residents: A delicious orange condiment for dipping fried foods into (found at carry-out restaurants)! It's like a barbecue sauce but a little sweeter.

The Mall

Courtesy of the National Park Service

  • What it means to most people: Where you go shopping
  • What it means to D.C. residents: The National Mall. Where you take your friends and family when they come and visit.

Nats

Courtesy of Ticket Crusader

  • What it means to most people: Those tiny, annoying bugs (gnats)
  • What it means to D.C. residents: The Washington Nationals!

Chevy Chase

Courtesy of USA Today

  • What it means to most people: The famous actor
  • What it means to D.C. residents: The Northwest neighborhood right on the border of Maryland (also a town in Maryland -- I know, it's confusing!)

Brunch

Courtesy of Chowhound

  • What it means to most people: A meal you eat in the late morning or early afternoon
  • What it means to D.C. residents: An opportunity to drink bottomless mimosas ... oh, and get some breakfast food! (Otherwise known as the highlight of our week!)

What do you think? What's your favorite Washington, D.C., term? Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!