G'day mate... how are ya!?

English must be such a confusing language for ‘LOTE’ speakers, right?? (LOTE=Language Other Than English!)

Years ago I lived & worked in Spain. While not ‘perfect’ my Spanish is still ok - 'después de una copa o tres de vino tinto!!! (esp. after a glass or three of ‘red wine!)

But English???... Let’s talk about the ‘C’ word!... well, the way the letter C is said in combo with a second letter.

For example;

We say CHURCH, CHIMES & CHAINS emphasizing the ‘CH’ but then we have CHARISMA & CHARACTER plus let's not forget CHRISTMAS with more of a ‘K’ sound and CHARLATAN & CHANDELIER with a ‘SHH’ sound... 

All those words above start with the letters ‘CH’.

Ok – how about CAR, CARPET & CARTOON compared with CAN, CAN’T & CARROT?
All those start with ‘CA’ but are pronounced differently!


So what about the letter ‘D’

DANGER, DAGGER, DARE all have ‘Da’ in them but are pronounced differently as do DETONATE, DELIVER, DELVE, DERIDE, & DEBRIS!

As for DO & DON’T … why not pronounce the latter ‘DOONT’?

Apparently English is one of the hardest languages to learn – especially ‘Aussie’ English.

We all know Hello = ‘G’day’ & ‘Watcha reckon eh'? = What do you think?

So how about ‘catcha-layta’ or ‘no wuckas mate’!!

Hmmm… ‘Nuff sed' eh? (yea naa...) 😊

Meantime some fun... How many Ausie words do you REALLY know!?

Thanks to Visiting.com.au for this 'Top 100' list of Aussie words;

https://www.visiting.com.au/blog/2021/12/10/100-australian-slang-words-phrases/

Slang Words For Eating & Drinking

  1. Avo – Avocado
  2. A Cold One or Coldie – Beer
  3. Barbie – Barbecue 
  4. Billy – Tea-kettle (in the Desert on the fire) (or some Australians use it to describe a bong; but only those who want to be unique, as bongs are relatively common internationally.)
  5. Booze Bus – A police van that is used to capture intoxicated drivers.
  6. Bottle-O – Bottle or Liquor Store — essentially a location to buy booze that is not a restaurant.
  7. Brekky – Breakfast
  8. Bring a Plate – Bring a Plate – directions for bringing a plate of food to a Barbeque or event.
  9. BYO – bring your own (typically in the context of alcohol)
  10. Cab Sav – Cabernet Sauvignon.
  11. Choccy Biccy – Chocolate Biscuit
  12. Docket – Bill; or list of issues to be addressed.
  13. Esky – AKA an Ice Box, Cool Box, Chilly Bin or Chest Cooler.
  14. Fairy Floss – Cotton Candy, Candy Floss
  15. Flake – Gummy shark meat supplied in fish and chip eateries 
  16. Frothy – Beer
  17. Grog – Beer, Liquor.
  18. Hungry Jacks – Burger King
  19. Icy Pole – Ice Lolly, Popsicle
  20. Lollies – Sweets
  21. Maccas – McDonald’s
  22. Sanger – Sandwich
  23. Skull or Skol – To drink up a beer
  24. Slab – A box of beers (often 24)
  25. Snag – A Sausage
  26. Stubby – a beer bottle 
  27. Stubby Holder – insulated sleeve which prevents your hands from making beer warm
  28. Sausage Sizzle – a weekly barbecue event organised outside Bunnings.
  29. Tiny – Beer Can/small boat.
  30. Bush Tucker– food from Outback like witchetty grubs.

Aussie Expletives, Exclamations, Insults & States Of Being

  1. Banana Bender – a person from Queensland
  2. Beauty! – Excellent! Often shouted as “You Beauty”, especially when a good thing happens (in sports).
  3. Bloody – Seriously. Used when elaborating a point
  4. Bloody oath – it’s true, or yes
  5. Bludger – a lazy person who depends on others (someone who relies on the state is called a ‘dole bludger’)
  6. Bogan – a very sophisticated person. The Australian version of the US’s rednecks.
  7. Bored shitless – Extremely Bored
  8. Buggered – Exhausted
  9. Chunder – Vomit.
  10. Crack the shits – Being angry at something or someone
  11. Crikey – an expression of shock
  12. Cobber – A good friend.
  13. C*nt / the “C” word – ‘mate’
  14. Dag – a geek, goof or a nerd person
  15. Deadset – That’s true.
  16. Defo – Definitely
  17. Devo – Devastated
  18. Drongo – An Idiot or fool
  19. Far out – ‘Really?!’– can be used in both positive and negative statements.
  20. Galah – A dumb individual called after the Australian bird known for its ridiculous actions and loud noises.
  21. Gnarly – Awesome 
  22. Grouse – Terrific
  23. Legless – A very drunk person 
  24. Mongrel – A scoundrel person
  25. Ocker – a simple person
  26. Piece of Piss – Simple
  27. Piss Off – Get lost, Go away
  28. Piss Up – A get-together
  29. Piss – To urinate
  30. Pissed – Drunk
  31. Pissed Off – angered 
  32. Rack Off – A less aggressive way to tell people to get lost
  33. Ripper – fantastic, buddy!
  34. Rapt – So happy
  35. Ropeable – Extremely mad
  36. Spit the Dummy – To get upset  / to crack it 
  37. Stoked – Pleased
  38. Strewth – surprise exclamation
  39. Sweet As – Awesome, sweet, good.

Australian Slang Phrases And Words For Day To Day Life

  1. Acca Dacca – How Australians refer to an Australian band ACDC
  2. Ambo is an abbreviation for Ambulance.
  3. Ankle Biter – Child
  4. Ankle Biter is an Australian slang term for a youngster (featuring a child wearing glasses and a cape with one arm in the air superman style with text overlay above with the translation)
  5. Arvo – Afternoon (S’Arvo signifies this afternoon!)
  6. Australian Salute – Wave to frighten the flies away
  7. Bail – To terminate plans.
  8. Bathers / Budgie Smugglers – Swimsuits / Speedos
  9. Bathers = Swimwear in Australian slang (featuring a woman floating on her back in blue water wearing a white one-piece swimsuit with text overlay of the translation above her)
  10. Barrack – To support or cheer 
  11. Billabong – A pond is located in a dry riverbed
  12. Bruce – An Aussie Guy
  13. Umbrella – Brolly
  14. Buckley’s Chance – Not a Chance; Nearly Impossible.
  15. “Out in the bush” or “he’s gone bush” are two expressions for “out in the bush.” Bushman’s Alarm Clock – a Laughing Alarm Clock in the Countryside Kookaburra
  16. Cactus — Deafeningly Deafeningly Deafeningly (an object, i.e. washing machine)
  17. Cark-It – Doomed
  18. CBD stands for Central Business District (used to refer to a city centre: Melbourne CBD, Sydney CBD etc.)
  19. Choc A Bloc / Cockers – Chicken – Full Chook
  20. Chrissie – Merry Christmas
  21. Durry / Ciggy – A Cigarette
  22. Clucky – In a maternal mood
  23. Cockatoo – Cockie (bird)
  24. Coppers are police officers.
  25. Crook – Illness; or a criminal
  26. Trousers are known as daks. Sweatpants/tracksuit pants are referred to as ‘tracky daks.’
  27. Dogs Breakfast – a sloppy piece of work; a shambles (and also used to describe how someone seems!)
  28. Australia and New Zealand are located in the southern hemisphere.
  29. Dunny is a toilet.
  30. Dunny Means Toilet in Australian slang (featuring a man and woman symbol on a round raised plaque on the wall with text overlay of the translation above)
  31. Exy stands for Expensive.
  32. Facey is short for Facebook.
  33. Fair Dinkum – ‘Really? Honestly, yes!
  34. Fair Go / Fair Crack of the Whip / Fair Suck of the Sav – To offer someone a second opportunity.
  35. Shirt Flannie / Flanno – Flannelette
  36. franker – franker – franker – franker
  37. Australian Rules Football | Aussie Rules Football Football (not English football/soccer)
  38. Furphy — unlikely or outrageous tall tales, rumours, or stories (also the name of a beer brand!)
  39. G’day – Good day
  40. Going off – An angry person’s response “he’s going off”
  41. Good on you — excellent work
  42. Goon – The best/ worse version of wine – based on your favourite. 
  43. Grommet – Young surfer
  44. Grundies – underwear
  45. Hard yakka – Hard work
  46. Heaps – lots, loads, many
  47. Hoon – Hooligan.
  48. Hooroo – Goodbye
  49. Iffy – unreasonable and a bit risky  
  50. John Dory – The Gossip / The Goss
  51. Knickers – Women underwear
  52. Lappy – Laptop
  53. Larrikin – A person who laugh all the time, a bit of an inoffensive prankster
  54. Lucky Country – Australia
  55. Manchester – Linen / Sheets etc. (This one can be confusing, especially if you are from Britain)
  56. Mate – Acquaintance, Friend
  57. Moolah – Money
  58. Mozzie – Mosquito
  59. No Drama – It’s ok or No problem 
  60. No Worries – No problem / no drama / it’s ok
  61. In the Nud / Nuddy – Naked
  62. Outback – The middle or interior of Australia.
  63. Pash – To kiss
  64. Pokies – Gambling Machines
  65. Rage on / Rage – Party on / Party.
  66. Reckon – sure. ‘Are you Reckon?’… ‘I reckon!’
  67. Rello / Rellie– Relatives
  68. Rock Up – To arrive / to reach
  69. Roo – Kangaroo
  70. Roo Means Kangaroo in Aussie Slang (displaying a Kangaroo eating on the grass at twilight, with the description above as a text overlay)
  71. Root – sexual intercourse
  72. Root Rat – a person who loves sex (perhaps a little too much)
  73. Rooted – Broken or Tired 
  74. Roster – Work schedule, Rota 
  75. Runners – Sneakers, Trainers
  76. Servo – Garage / Service Station / Gas Station
  77. Sheila – A woman
  78. She’ll be apples – Everything is going to be ok
  79. Shoot Through – To leave
  80. Sick – impressive/good; ‘that’s really sick, pal”
  81. Sickie – a sick day off, or ‘to pull a sickie’ (to take a day break from work when you aren’t genuinely sick)
  82. Smoko – Cigarette break
  83. Sook /  being a sook/sulk – you’re whining (i.e. stop being a sulk)
  84. Stickybeak – a nosey person / to be nosey
  85. Stiffy – Erection
  86. Straya – Australia
  87. Straya = Australia in Australian Slang (displaying the BigAustraliaBucketList description of Australia with text overlay of the illustration above)
  88. Stuffed – Tired
  89. Sunnies – Sunglasses
  90. Swag - A lone bed that can be rolled up similar to a sleeping bag.
  91. Thongs – Jandals (New Zealand), Flip Flops (UK/USA)
  92. Togs – Swimwear
  93. Tradie – a tradesperson
  94. True Blue (Australian) – Patriotic, Genuinely Australian 
  95. Two Up – A betting game is played during Anzac day.
  96. Yewy / U-IE – a U-Turn while driving
  97. Up Yourself – Held up
  98. Ute – Pick-up truck, Utility vehicle
  99. Walkabout (Go Walkabout) — a journey by an Australian Aboriginal (initially by foot) to live in the traditional way (but please be warned that this term is often considered an intense term by native Australians)
  100. Woop Woop is an Australian slang term that means “remote” or “middle of nowhere” (showcasing a little settlement in the middle of nowhere with nothing around them for mile after mile and a textual overlay with the interpretation above)
  101. Woop – the centre of nothing (practically the entire state of Western Australia north of Perth and south-west of Margaret River! And almost the whole Northern Territory.)
  102. Ya – You
  103. Yous / youse – plural of you!

© 2022 - Brian Pickering


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