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A Brits Guide to Understanding Australian slang

A Brits Guide to Understanding Australian slang

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 (no irony intended) of low socio-economic status who according to the urban dictionary  lives in cheap housing and drives an old Holden or Ford. A non-bogan Aussie friend of mine (or so she claimed) told me bogans went wild in the mining boom buying huge houses, boats, jet skis and other toys that seem to keep most of the male population of Australia entertained throughout the year. I guess since the boom is over the market for those toys is dependent on the more middle-class Australian blokes need to spend spend spend. (According to my friends Aussie women are the savers rather than their men but hey I stand to be corrected!!!)

Bogans also come up with the most hilarious names for their kids. Or simply call them Locky/Lockie/Lochlan (Ok bogans are not the only Australians to call their kids Lockie but I bet a LOT do!!!)

So here is my ultimate guide to Australian 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

AUSTRALIAN SLANG THONGS

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

CHOOK LOLLIES GROG

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

IF IN DOUBT ADD AN ‘O’


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!!!

 

AUSSIE FRUIT AND VEG

 

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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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Author: Tracy

Working my way around the globe for 30 years – teacher, traveller, and train lover. Sharing authentic experiences from my travels and life as an expat in Australia.

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HI THIS IS ME – TRACY

Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life as an expat in Queensland, Australia.

I write to inspire others whatever their age to explore the world - near and far!

I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

Over 40 years ago I dreamt of a life well travelled and that is the life I live!

Dream it, plan it, do it!!

Tracy

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