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Today we’re going to dive into the wonderful world of Australian slang

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G’day mates! Today we’re going to dive into the wonderful world of Australian slang. Now, if you’ve ever found yourself down under and feeling a bit like a drongo because you couldn’t understand what the locals were saying, then this is the post for you.

First things first, let’s talk about the classic Aussie greeting “G’day”. It’s short for “good day” and it’s the perfect way to say hello to your cobbers (that’s friends for all you non-Aussies). And if you really want to sound like a true blue Aussie, throw in a “how ya going?” for good measure.

Now, when it comes to food, Aussies have some pretty unique slang. For example, if you’re feeling a bit peckish, you might want to grab a bite to eat at a “chook shop” (that’s a place that sells chicken, for those playing at home). And if you’re thirsty, you can always ask for a “cold one” (that’s a beer, in case you were wondering).

Of course, no discussion of Australian slang would be complete without mentioning the humble “barbie”. No, we’re not talking about the doll – we’re talking about the beloved tradition of throwing some snags (that’s sausages) on the barbie (that’s the barbecue) and having a good old chinwag with your mates.

Now, let’s talk about some classic Aussie expressions. If someone tells you to “pull your head in”, they’re basically telling you to stop being a galah (that’s a bit of an idiot). And if you’re feeling a bit crook (that’s sick), you might want to have a sickie (that’s a day off work).

And finally, let’s not forget about the wildlife. If you ever find yourself face to face with a kangaroo, just remember that in Aussie slang, they’re often referred to as “roos”. And if you happen to see a cute little koala, you can call it a “drop bear” just to see the look of terror on your friends’ faces.

  1. A Cold One – Beer
  2. Accadacca – How Aussies refer to Australian band ACDC
  3. Ankle Biter – Child
  4. Arvo – Afternoon (S’Arvo – this afternoon!)
  5. Aussie Salute – Wave to scare the flies
  6. Avo – Avocado
  7. Bail – To cancel plans. ‘Bruce bailed’ = Bruce isn’t going to turn up.
  8. Barbie – Barbecue
  9. Bathers – Swimsuit
  10. Beauty! – Great! Most often exclaimed as “You Beauty”
  11. Billabong – A pond in a dry riverbed
  12. Billy – Teapot (In the Outback on the fire)
  13. Bloody – Very. Used to extenuate a point
  14. Bloody oath – yes or its true. “You right mate?”… “Bloody Oath”
  15. Bludger – Someone who’s lazy, generally also who relies on others (when it’s someone who relies on the state they’re often called a ‘dole bludger’)
  16. Bogan – This word is used for people who are, well let’s say, rednecks. Or, if you like, just call your friends a bogan when they are acting weird.
  17. Booze Bus – Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers
  18. Bottle-O – Bottle Shop, basically a place to buy alcohol
  19. Brekky – Breakfast
  20. Brolly – Umbrella
  21. Bruce – An Aussie Bloke
  22. Buckleys Chance – little chance (Buckley’s Chance Wiktionary)
  23. Budgie Smugglers – Speedos
  24. Buggered – Exhausted
  25. Bush – “Out in the bush” – “he’s gone bush” In the countryside away from civilisation
  26. Cab Sav – Cabernet Sauvignon
  27. Cactus – Dead, Broken
  28. Choc A Bloc – Full
  29. Choccy Biccy – Chocolate Biscuit
  30. Chook – Chicken
  31. Chrissie – Christmas
  32. Ciggy – a Cigarette
  33. Clucky – feeling maternal
  34. Cobber – Very good friend. ‘Alright me ‘ol cobber’.
  35. Coldie – Beer. ‘Come over for a few coldie’s mate.’
  36. Coppers – Policemen
  37. Crack the shits – Getting angry at someone or something
  38. Crikey – an expression of surprise
  39. Crook – Being ill or angry; ‘Don’t go crook on me for getting crook’
  40. C*nt, the “C” word – Used when exchanging pleasantries between close friends or family member. If someone calls you the “C” word in Australia (and you haven’t done anything to make them angry), then breathe a sigh of relief… it means you have entered the mate zone.
  41. Dag – Someone who’s a bit of a nerd or geek.
  42. Daks – Trousers. ‘Tracky daks’ = sweatpants (tracksuit pants)
  43. Dardy – meaning “cool”, is used amongst South West Australian Aboriginal peoples and has also been adopted by non-indigenous teens.
  44. Deadset – True
  45. Defo – Definitely
  46. Devo – Devastated
  47. Drongo – a Fool, ‘Don’t be a drongo mate’
  48. Dunny – Toilet
  49. Durry – Cigarette
  50. Esky – An insulated container that keeps things cold (usually beers)
  51. Facey – Facebook
  52. Fair Dinkum – ‘Fair Dinkum?’ … ‘Fair Dinkum!’ = Honestly? … Yeah honestly!
  53. Flannie / Flanno – flannelette shirt
  54. Flat out – Really busy – “Flat out like a lizard drinking” – As busy as a bee
  55. Footy – Football (AFL / Aussie Rules)
  56. Frothy – Beer
  57. F*ck Me Dead – that’s unfortunate, that surprises me
  58. Furphy – rumours or stories that are improbable or absurd
  59. G’day – Hello
  60. Galah – an Australian cockatoo with a reputation for not being bright, hence a galah is also a stupid person.
  61. Gnarly – awesome – often used by surfers
  62. Going off – busy, lots of people / angry person “he’s going off”
  63. Good On Ya – Good work
  64. Goon – the best invention ever produced by mankind. Goon is a cheap, boxed wine that will inevitably become an integral part of your Australian backpacking experience.
  65. Hard yakka – Hard work
  66. Heaps – loads, lots, many
  67. Hoon – Hooligan (normally driving badly!)
  68. Iffy – bit risky or unreasonable
  69. Knickers – female underwear
  70. Lappy – Laptop
  71. Larrikin – Someone who’s always up for a laugh, bit of a harmless prankster
  72. Legless – Someone who is really drunk
  73. Lollies – Sweets
  74. Maccas – McDonalds
  75. Manchester – Sheets / Linen etc. If you’re from England, finding a department within a shop called Manchester could seriously confuse you.
  76. Mongrel – Someone who’s a bit of a dick
  77. Mozzie – Mosquito
  78. No Drama – No problem / it’s ok
  79. No Worries – No problem / it’s ok
  80. No Wucka’s – A truly Aussie way to say ‘no worries’
  81. Nuddy – Naked
  82. Outback – The interior of Australia, “The Outback” is more remote than those areas named “the bush”
  83. Pash – to kiss
  84. Piece of Piss – easy
  85. Piss Off – go away, get lost
  86. Piss Up – a party, a get together and in Australia – most social occasions
  87. Piss – (To Piss) to urinate
  88. Pissed – Intoxicated, Drunk
  89. Pissed Off – Annoyed
  90. Rack Off – The less offensive way to tell someone to ‘F Off’!
  91. Rapt – Very happy
  92. Reckon – for sure. ‘You Reckon?’… ‘I reckon!’
  93. Rellie / Rello – Relatives
  94. Ripper – ‘You little ripper’ = That’s fantastic mate!
  95. Root Rat – someone who enjoys sex (maybe a little too much)
  96. Rooted – Tired or Broken
  97. Runners – Trainers, Sneakers
  98. Sanger – Sandwich
  99. Servo – Service Station / Garage
  100. Shark biscuit – kids at the beach
  101. Sheila – A woman
  102. She’ll be apples – Everything will be alright
  103. Shoot Through – To leave
  104. Sick – awesome; ‘that’s really sick mate’
  105. Sickie – a sick day off work, or ‘to pull a sickie’ would be to take a day off when you aren’t actually sick
  106. Skull – To down a beer
  107. Slab – A carton of beers
  108. Smoko – Cigarette break
  109. Snag – Sausage
  110. Stiffy – Erection
  111. Stoked – Happy, Pleased
  112. Straya – Australia
  113. Strewth – An exclamation of surprise
  114. Stubby – a bottle of beer
  115. Stubby Holder – Used so your hands don’t get cold when holding your beer, or to stop your hands making your beer warm!
  116. Stuffed – Tired
  117. Sunnies – Sunglasses
  118. Swag – Single bed you can roll up, a bit like a sleeping bag.
  119. Tea – Dinner
  120. Tinny – Can of beer or small boat
  121. Thongs – Flip Flops. Do not be alarmed if your new found Australian friend asks you to wear thongs to the beach. They are most likely expressing their concern of the hot sand on your delicate feet.
  122. True Blue – Genuinely Australian
  123. Tucker – Food. ‘Bush Tucker’ tends to be food found in the Outback such as witchety grubs.
  124. Two Up – A gambling game played on Anzac day.
  125. U-IE – to take a U-Turn when driving
  126. Up Yourself – Stuck up
  127. Woop Woop – middle of nowhere “he lives out woop woop”
  128. Ya – You
  129. Yous – (youse) plural of you!

So there you have it, folks. A crash course in Australian slang. Next time you find yourself down under, you’ll be able to chat with the locals like a true blue Aussie. And who knows, you might even pick up a few new slang words along the way. Cheers!

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