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G’day Bruce! (or Sheila)
We all know some Australian slang words (probably picked up from repeated viewings of Crocodile Dundee as kids – or is that just me?!) I still (nearly a year in) have to ask what some words mean though I am getting better at shortening words and simply adding an ‘o’ to the end for example rego/bottle-o/servo. (* More on that later)
The first word to know is bogan. A bogan is generally seen as a more unsophisticated Australian of low socio-economic status who according to the urban dictionary lives in cheap housing and drives an old Holden or Ford. Some of the words you will hear in Australia have their roots in bogan Aussie slang. Bogans have also come up with some the most hilarious names for their kids.
Without further ado here is my ultimate guide to Aussie slang …..
AN AUSTRALIAN SLANG A – Z
AMBO – paramedic
ARVO – afternoon
AVOS – avocados
* These are 3 perfect examples of the ‘o’ phenomenon. Why say the entire word when it can be shortened and an “o” added!
BANANA BENDER – someone from Queensland
BARBIE – barbeque
BARRACK – to cheer on (football team etc.)
BATHERS – swimsuit
BIKKIE – biscuit
BLUDGER – lazy person
BOOMER – large male kangaroo
BOTTLE-O – liquor shop
BRIZZIE – Brisbane
CHEWIE – chewing gum
CHOOK – chicken
CHUNDER – vomit
COMPO – compensation pay for workers
CRAPPA – loo
CROOK – ill
DAMPER – bread made from flour and water
DEVO – devastated
DOCKET – bill
DOONA – duvet
DRONGO – stupid person
DUNNY – toilet
EKKA – the name of the annual show in Brisbane
ESKY – large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.
FANG IT – drive really fast
FISHO – fish shop
FOOTIE – rugby
FOSSICK – search for something
GALAH – stupid person
GROG – beer
HOON – hooligan
JOURNO – journalist
JOCKIES/JOCKS – boxer shorts/underwear
KINDIE – kindergarten
LOLLIES – sweets
LOUNGE – settees/sofa
MANCHESTER – bed linen/sheets! Not the place with a crap football team
NUMBAT – error of judgement
POKIES – slot machines
PORT – suitcase (in Queensland)
REGO – vehicle registration
ROAD TRAIN – big truck with many trailers
ROOT – sex “have a root”
RUMPUS – kids/family room
SALVOS – Salvation Army
SANGA – sandwich
SHNITTY – schnitzel (very popular in Australia!)
SERVO – petrol station
SLAB – carton of 24 bottles or cans
SMOKO – coffee break
SNAG – sausage
SOCCER – football
STICKYBEAK – nosy person
STRIDES – trousers
SWAG – rolled up bedding
TANTY – tantrum
THONGS – flipflops
TRACKY DAKS – tracksuit pants
TUCKER – food
UTE – utility truck
VEGO – vegetarian
YAKKA – hard work
YWEY – u turn
FRUIT AND VEG
Lets add some names for Aussie fruit and veg!
BROCCOLINI – baby broccoli
ZUCCHINI – courgette
SNOW PEAS – sugar snap peas/mangetout
CAPSICUM – peppers
EGGPLANT – aubergine
SCALLIONS – spring onions (but I have been told this is American not Aussie!! So ignore this unless you are going there!!!
TAKE THE QUIZ! OZ SLANG
AND FINALLY….HOW TO SPEAK AUSTRALIAN
FURTHER INFORMATION FOR VISITING AUSTRALIA
I have lots of information on my blog about travel in Australia so do check out some of these posts. There is sure to be something to help you plan your trip or move to Australia.
- My ultimate guide to Australia with links to every post is a great starting point when planning your visit.
- There are more posts about Australian life including films to watch before you visit, Christmas in Australia, and 10 Aussie myths debunked.
- My post all about the top things to do in Queensland gives an idea of some of the amazing places to visit in the state.
- If you are interested in learning more about Queensland wildlife there are posts about kangaroos at Cape Hillsborough. platypus at Broken River and whales off the Brisbane coast. A more general post all about the amazing wildlife you can find in Queensland
- If you are visiting Brisbane you can find out more about what there is to do in and around the city including South Bank, Mount Tamborine and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
- If Tasmania is on your itinerary I have a number of great posts all about this beautiful island – a 2 week road trip itinerary, general tips to make the most of your trip and a post all about the beautiful wildlife you can see in Tasmania.
- Click here if you are interested in learning more about the 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Australia.
- So now you can converse in Australian slang how about learning all about our neighbour New Zealand and Kiwi slang?
PIN FOR LATER – AUSTRALIAN SLANG
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