18 Jun 2010

G’day mate!

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There are some differences of course between British, American and Australian English and Australians have a lot of expressions used only by Australians (and chameleons like Anna who adapt quickly). We’ve started to collect them here and will keep updating the list with more interesting words and phrases later on.


Ace!: Excellent! Very good!
Ankle biter: small child
Arvo: afternoon
an Australian


Barbie: barbecue
Banan bender: person from Queensland
swimming costume
Beaut: great, fantastic
Bikkie: biscuit
Billabong: an oxbow lake cut off by a change in the watercourse. Billabongs are usually formed when the course of a creek or river changes, leaving the former branch with a dead end.
Bities: biting insects
Bloke: a man
Bloody: very
Bogan: person who takes little pride in his appearance, spends his days slacking and drinking beer
Boogie board: a hybrid, half-sized surf board
Boot: trunk of the car
Booze bus: police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers
Bored shitless: very bored
Bottle shop: liquor shop
Brekkie: breakfast
Brizzie: Brisbane
Buck’s night: stag party, male gathering the night before the wedding
Bundy: short for Bundaberg, Queensland, and the brand of rum that’s made there
Bush: the Outback, anywhere that isn’t in town
Bush telly: campfire
Butcher: small glass of beer in South Australia – From the theory that a butcher could take a quick break from his job, have a drink and be back at work
BYO:unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own liquor


Cab Sav: Cabernet Sauvignon (a variety of wine grape)
Capsicum: known as pepper in US, Canada and UK
Chemist store: drug store
Chewie: chewing gum
Chook: chicken
Chrissie: Christmas
Chuck a sickie: take the day off sick from work when you’re perfectly healthy
Crack the shit: to become angry, upset or short tempered
Crack onto (someone): to hit on someone, pursue someone romantically
Cranky: in a bad mood, angry
Cuppa:a cup of tea or coffee


Daks: trousers
Dipstick: a loser, idiot
Docket: a bill, receipt
Donger: penis
Doona: a bed quilt usually filled with feathers. Called a duvet in England.
Down under: Australia and New Zealand


Earbashing: nagging, non-stop chatter
Esky:large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.


Fair dinkum: true, genuine
Fair go: a chance/break
Fairy floss: candy floss, cotton candy
Flake: shark’s flesh (sold in fish & chips shops)
Flat out: busy
Flat out like a lizard drinking: flat out, busy
Footy: Australian Football
Fruit loop: fool


Game: up for it
: a greeting of course
Give it a burl: try it
Gobsmacked: surprised, astounded
Good onya: well done
Goon: cheap wine usually out of a box
Grizzle: to complain
Grog: alcohol/beer
Gum tree:eucalyptus


Hamies: hamstrings
a lot


It’s gone walkabout: it’s lost, can’t be found


Jumper: Sweater


Kangaroos loose in the top paddock: intellectually inadequate
Kindie: kindergarten
Kiwi:person from New Zealand


Lemonade: 7-Up/Sprite
Lob, lob in: drop in to see someone
Lollies: candy, sweets
Longneck: 750ml bottle of beer in South Australia


Maccas (pron. “mackers”): McDonald’s (the hamburger place)
mashed potatoes
usually a friend or acquaintance but anyone can be a mate
Middy: New South Wales beer glass (285ml)
Moo-juice: milk


No worries: no problem/it’s ok
No drama:same as ‘no worries’


Oldies: parents
Outback: central areas of Australia


Pash: passionate kiss
Pav: Pavlova – a rich, creamy Australian dessert
Perve: looking lustfully at the opposite sex
Pokies: poker machines, fruit machines, gambling slot machines
Pom, pommy, pommie: an Englishman
Postie: postman, mailman
Prezzy:present, gift


Rapt: pleased, delighted
Raw prawn, to come the: to bullshit, to be generally disagreeable
Reckon!: for sure
vehicle registration
Relo: relative
Ripper: great, fantastic
Road train: big truck with many trailers
Rock up: to turn up, arrive
Roo: short for kangaroo
Root: have sex


Sandgroper: a person from South Australia
large beer glass in QLD and NSW/small beer glass in South Australia
instant lottery ticket (like Swedish Triss for example)
Session, to have: go out drinking
Servo: petrol station
Shark biscuit: somebody new to surfing
Sheila: a girl, woman
She’ll be right: it’ll turn out okay
Sheepshagger: a New Zealander
Shout: a round of drinks
Sickie: day off sick from work
Slab: a carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer
Smoko: smoke or coffee break
Snag: a sausage
Sook: someone who complains a lot
Spewin’: very angry
Station: a big farm/grazing property
Stoked: very pleased
Stubby: a 375ml beer bottle
Stubby holder: polystyrene insulated holder for a stubby
Stuffed, I feel: I’m tired
Sunnies: sunglasses
Swag: rolled up bedding, bag etc. carried by a swagman
Swaggie: Swagman
Swagman: tramp, hobo


Ta/Tar: thanks
Tea: supper
Thongs: flip flops
Trackie daks/dacks: tracksuit pants
Trackies: track suit
Truckie:truck driver


Ugg boots: Australian sheepskin boots worn by surfers since at least the 1960s to keep warm while out of the water.
Ugh: ugly. hence Ugg boots
Uni: university
flat, apartment
Ute:utility vehicle, pickup truck


Vedgies: vegetables


Walkabout: wander off
Whacker, whacka: Idiot; somebody who talks drivel; somebody with whom you have little patience; a dickhead
Whinge: complain
Wog: av derogatory term about a foreigner of Mediterranean origin (especially Italian, Lebanese, and Greek people)
Woop Woop: a long way from civilization
Wuss: coward; nervous person or animal


XXXX: pronounced Four X, brand of beer made in Queensland


Yabber: talk (a lot)
Yewy: u-turn in traffic
you (plural)

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