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Australian Slang Translated
Blog: Travelling King
Its clear that us Aussies are a lazy bunch, we shorten words or end an “O” to the end of a word, therefore creating our own language! We have compiled a list of Australian Slang to help the world understand us better!
- ambo – Paramedic, Ambulance Officer
- bickie – biscut or cookie
- arvo – afternoon
- bloke – male, guy, boy
- barbie – barbecue or BBQ
- barra – barramundi fish
- bathers / togs / boardies: swimming costume / board shorts
- bludger – Someone who wants something for nothing, person who does not work or works very little
- boys in blue – Police
- dob in – to betray or report someone to the authorities
- budgy smugglers – swimming speedos (not boardshorts)
- Aussie/Ozzy – person from Australia
- ankle biter : small child (to me small annoying chilren)
- bottle-o : liquor store
- bush telly : campfire
- cark it – to die
- cheesed (off) – pissed off /angry
- chook – Chicken
- chuck a wobbly – “throwing” a tantrum
- Chuck a U-ey – Do a U- turn
- dead set –used as an exclamation!
- tinnie – a can of beer or a small aluminium boat
- dead set against it – uncooperative
- do your lolly or nana– to get very angry
- dunny – toilet
- mackas/maccas – McDonalds fast food
- prawn – shrimp
- ranga – person with red hair
- kero – kerosene
- esky – a portable icebox
- fair dinkum – honest; genuine
- full as a goog – full of food after a big meal
- garbo – garbage collector /garbage man
- goon – wine sold inside a bag and cardboard box
- gutful – more than enough “I’ve had a gutful of this”
- hoon – a stupid person or a fast or wreckless driver
- larrikin – mischievous, wild or carefree person
- local rag – local newspaper
- mate – good or best friend (also used to talk to someone when you dont know their name)
- metho – methylated spirits OR strong Alcoholic spirits
- outback – the inland country far away from large cities (most of australia)
- rego – vehicle registration
- roo bar – metal bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos (also known as a bull bar)
- sangers/sanga – sandwiches OR sausages
- servo – a petrol station or gas station
- shonky – poor quality
- shotgun – shout it out when running towards the car and the front passenger seat of a vehicle is reserved for you (as long as you are the first to call it)
- shrapnel – coins of a low denomination
- sickie – a day taken off work, but not necessarily because of illness
- smoko – a break from work, to smoke or just to take a break
- snags / sanga– sausages
- speedo – vehicle speedometer
- yobbo – a loud or stupid uncultivated person
- stubby/stubby holder – a bottle of beer (330ml), holder for beer so you don’t get cold hands
- tall poppy syndrome - a cultural tendency to cut people down to size - criticism people who excel or achieve significantly and are arrogant about it.
- top drop – a good tasting beer or wine
- true blue – genuine
- ute – open backed car or a “pick-up truck”
- wag – to skip school or work
- Billy/Billycan – lightweight cooking pot which is used on a campfire or a camping stove.
- woop woop – out in the middle of no where
- yakka – hard or heavy work
- yonks ago (or yonks and yonks ago) – a long time ago
- swag – a blanket roll of light bedding, great for camping
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This article archived 25 Dec 2014
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