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Monday Night Owls - 5 September 2016 - Secret Language of Flight Attendants

NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 996 Teacher
We read about the meaning of the words and phrases that flight attendants use during flights:


Vocabulary Top 10:

lever - a bar or rod that is used to operate or adjust something on a machine, vehicle, device, etc.

stow - to put (something that is not being used) in a place where it is available, where it can be kept safely

sill - a piece of wood, metal, or stone at the bottom of a door frame or a window frame

latch - a device that holds a door, gate, or window closed and that consists of a bar that falls into a holder when it is closed and that is lifted when it is open

galley - the kitchen of a ship or airplane

cohort - a friend or companion; a group of people with something in common

flustered - upset or nervous

tedious - boring and too slow or long

groan - to make a deep sound because of pain or some strong emotion (such as grief or disappointment); to complain about something

choppy - rough with small waves; marked by sudden stops and starts : not connected smoothly

Have you ever heard any of these phrases during a flight? Have you ever been in any of the situations mentioned in the article?


  • MonikMonik Posts: 1,004 ✭✭✭✭
    This article was interesting. We looked over the flight attendants' jargon. I can't compare these expressions to what I usually hear in a domestic flight. But I promise, I'll pay attention to when I take an international flight ;)
  • Just-LearnJust-Learn Posts: 493 ✭✭✭✭
    I think after this session, me too going to focus more on what is being said on a plane! and it would be nice if I hear the same jargons we read about them here.

    Anyhow, at my first coming trip I don't know when, hopefully on my next birthday ;) " stole it from @Shiny03 ", I'll share with you what I hear and of course if I get any cakes or songs :o
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,863 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It's overwhelming to learn secret language or jargon at first, but at the realization that if I know some of them,
    it helps me understand movies, TV dramas and novels better.

    Here are some interesting jargon I found on the internet.
    1. I need a script in order to pick up the medicine. (medical jargon for "prescription")
    2. I need a nurse to room 12 stat. (medical jargon for "in a hurry")
    3. Your objection is overruled. (legal jargon)
    4. We need to take data points to determine if there has been a response to the intervention. (educational jargon)
    5. The suspect is headed west on Route 10. All available units, respond. (police jargon)

  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,863 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Just-Learn LOL How about both of us flying across the Atlantic Ocean on our birthday to see what would happen?
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