Australian Slang

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For those who have visited the great southern land of Australia and haven't had the slightest clue as to what anybody was talking about, here is a short list of the more common terms and idioms used by the locals.

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Aerial PingpongAustralian Rules Football
Amber fluidBeer
Ankle biterSmall child
AntipodesPlaces on exactly opposite sides of the earth
Apples, She'll be ...It'll be alright
Aussie (pron. Ozzie)Australian
Aussie saluteBrushing away flies with the hand
Back of BourkeA very long way away
BarbieBarbecue ("I'll throw some shrimp on the barbie")
Banana benderA person from Queensland
BarrackTo cheer on (football team etc.)
BastardTerm of endearment
Beaut, beautyGreat, fantastic
BillabongAn ox-bow river or watering hole
BillyLarge tin can used to boil water over a campfire for tea
Black Stump, Beyond the ...A long way away, the back of nowhere
BlokeMan, guy
BloodyVery ("bloody hard yakka")
Bloody oath!That's certainly true
Blow in the bagHave a breathalyzer test
BlowieBlow fly
BludgerLazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on other people to do things or lend him things
BlueFight ("he was having a blue with his wife")
Blue, Make a ...Make a mistake
BlueyPack, equipment, traffic ticket, redhead
BodgyOf inferior quality
BonzerGreat, ripper
Boogie boardA hybrid, half-sized surf board
BoomerA large male kangaroo
BoozerA pub
Bored shitlessVery bored
Bottle shopLiquor shop
Brass razoo, He hasn't got a ...he's very poor
Brown-eyed mulletA turd in the sea (where you're swimming!)
Buckley's, Buckley's chanceNo chance ("New Zealand stands Buckley's of beating Australia at football")
Brick shit house, Built like a ...Big strong bloke
Bull barStout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos
BushThe hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in town
B.Y.O.Unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own grog, also similar party or barbecue
Cark itTo die, cease functioning
Carpet GrubBaby
Chief Cook and Bottle WasherWife
ChookA chicken
ClickKilometre - "it's 10 clicks away"
CockroachA person from New South Wales
ColdieA beer
Come a gutserMake a bad mistake, have an accident
CorroboreeAn aboriginal dance festival
CozzySwimming costume
CrankyIn a bad mood, angry
CrookSick, or badly made
Crow eaterA person from South Australia
Cut snake, Mad as a ...Very angry
DagA funny person, nerd, goof
DiggerA soldier
DillAn idiot
Dinkum, Fair dinkumTrue, real, genuine ("I'm a dinkum Aussie"; "is he fair dinkum?")
Dinky-diThe real thing, genuine
DocketA bill, receipt
Dole bludgerSomebody on social assistance when unjustified
Drink with the fliesTo drink alone
DrongoA dope, stupid person
DrumInformation, tip-off ("I'll give you the drum")
DunnyOutside lavatory
EarbashingNagging, non-stop chatter
EskyLarge insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.
Fair dinkumTrue, genuine
Fair goA chance ("give a bloke a fair go")
FootyAustralian Rules football
FossickingSearching, rummaging ("fossicking through the kitchen drawers")
GalahFool, named after the bird of the same name which flies south in the winter - a bloody silly thing to do in the Southern Hemisphere
Garbo, garbologistMunicipal garbage collector
Give it a burlTry it, have a go
Good oilUseful information, a good idea
Good on youGood for you, well done
GrogLiquor, beer ("bring your own grog, you bludger")
HoorooGoodbye (© Don Burke)
HotelOften just a pub
Icy polePopsicle, lollypop
JackarooA male station hand (a station is a big farm/grazing property)
JillarooA female station hand
JoeyBaby kangaroo
KnockTo criticise
Knock backRefusal (noun), refuse (transitive verb)
KnockerSomebody who criticises
Liquid laughVomit
Lob, lob inDrop in to see someone ("the rellies have lobbed")
Lucky Country, The ...Australia, where else?
MateBuddy, friend
MethoMethylated spirits
MexicanA person from south of the (Queensland) border
Mickey MouseExcellent, very good
Middy285 ml beer glass in New South Wales
MongrelDespicable person
MuddyMud crab (a great delicacy)
MugFriendly insult ("have a go, yer mug"), gullible person
MullGrass (the kind you smoke)
Naughty, Have a ...Have sex
Never NeverThe Outback, centre of Australia
NipperYoung surf lifesaver
No-hoperSomebody who'll never do well
Not the full quidNot bright intellectually
OckerAn unsophisticated person
OffsiderAn assistant, helper
O.S.Overseas ("he's gone O.S.")
Piece of pissEasy task
PissBeer. Hence "hit the piss", "sink some piss"
PlonkCheap wine
Pom, pommyAn Englishman
Pommy bastardAn Englishman
PostiePostman, mailman
Pot285 ml beer glass in Queensland
Quid, make aEarn a living - "are you making a quid?"
Reckon!You bet! Absolutely!
RellieFamily relative
Ridgy-didgeOriginal, genuine
RightOkay ("she'll be right, mate")
RipperGreat, fantastic
RootSexual intercourse
RootedBroken, tired
RottenDrunk ("I went out last night and got rotten")
RubbishTo criticize
Salvos, theSalvation Army, bless them
SandgroperA person from Western Australia
SangerA sandwich
SchoonerLarge beer glass
Shark biscuitSomebody new to surfing
SheilaA woman
She'll be rightIt'll turn out okay
ShonkyDubious, underhanded ("a shonky practice", "shonky business" etc.)
ShoutTurn to buy - a round of drinks usually ("it's your shout")
SickieDay off sick from work (chuck a sickie = take the day off sick from work when you're perfectly healthy!)
SlabA carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer
SmokoSmoke or coffee break
SnagA sausage
Spag bolSpaghetti bolognese
SpunkA good looking person (of either sex)
StationA big farm/grazing property
StickybeakNosy person
StrewthExclamation, mild oath ("Strewth, that Chris is a bonzer bloke")
StrineAustralian slang and pronunciation
StubbyA beer bottle
Stubby holderPolystyrene insulated holder for a stubby
SurfiesPeople who go surfing - usually more often than they go to work!
SwagmanTramp, hobo
Tall poppiesSuccessful people
TaswegianA person from Tasmania
Technicolor yawnVomit
Tee-upTo set up an appointment
ThongsCheap rubber backless sandals
Tin LidsKids, children
TinnyCan of beer, small aluminium boat
TogsSwim suit
Too right!Definitely!
True bluePatriotic
Tucker-bagFood bag
TurpsTurpentine, alcoholic drink
Turps, Hit the ...Go on a drinking binge
UteUtility vehicle
Vee dubVolkswagen
Waggin' schoolPlaying truant
Walkabout, It's gone ...It's lost, can't be found
WobblyExcitable behaviour ("I complained about the food and the waiter threw a wobbly")
WogFlu or trivial illness
Woop WoopInvented name for any small unimportant town - "he lives in Woop Woop"
WowserStraight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport
XXXXPronounced Four X, brand of beer made in Queensland. NOT a prophylactic.... actually probably the cause of more pregnancies than preventions!
YabberTalk (a lot)
Yard ApesKids, children
YakkaWork (noun)
YewyU-turn in traffic ("chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights")
YobboAn uncouth person

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