G’Day Mate! Aussie Local Lingo…

by isvolunteers on Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Australian “slang” can be funny and colourful and also a complete mystery to visitors! © google images

Go ahead, try and use as many of these terms in conversation with Australians during your ISV program, and we promise you’ll fit right in …. or as some Aussies might say….

“Put in some hard yakka cobber and give these words a burl on ya ISV trip.  Ya might look like a flamin’ galah but she’ll be right!  You’ll make true blue new mates, I reckon!”

What the Aussies say: (pronounciation)

Translation:

Aussie (Ozzy )

A person of Australian decent

Aussie Rules (ozzy roolz)

A type of football peculiar to Australia

Aussie Aussie Aussie

A popular chant usually heard at sporting events

Barbie

Barbeque

Beaut, beauty, (bewdy)

Great, fantastic

Bickies/biscuits/chockie bickie

Cookies/ chocolate cookie

Bikies (bykies)

Motorcyclists

Bloke

Man

Bottle ‘O’ (bottlo)

Liquor store

Boot

The trunk or hatch of a car/truck

Breakie (brekky)

Breakfast

BYO (B.Y.O)

Bring your own (Alcohol to a restaurant, party etc.)

Budgee Smugglers

See DTs below

Chewy

Gum

Chunder

Vomit, pavement pizza, liquid laugh

Cheers

Thank you or let’s celebrate

Clobber (clobba)

Hit with hand or implement, bash

Copper (coppa)

Police

Cozzie

Bathing suit, swimming costume

Crook

Sick, unwell

Cuppa

Cup of tea

Dodgy

Sketchy, weird

Dinkum, fair dinkum

Honest, genuine

DTs

See ‘Speedos’ below

Esky

Cooler, large insulated box for keeping beverages, etc., cold

Footy

Football – includes soccer, rugby union, rugby league & Aussie Rules

G’day (gidday)

Hi!  (from the very English ‘Good   day’)

How are ya? / How are you going?

Standard greeting, expected response, “Good,   mate. How are you?”

Jumper (jumpa)

Sweater/Fleece Jacket

Lollies

Sweets, candy

Macca’s

McDonalds

Mate (maaaate)

General term of familiarity, whether you know the person or not

Milk bar / Shops

Convenience store

Mozzie

Annoying insect that sucks blood (aka mosquito)

No worries

That’s ok

Pissed (off)

Drunk (annoyed)

Pokies

Slot machines

Porridge

Oatmeal

Postie

Mailman

Sangas

Sandwiches

Serviette

Napkin

She’ll be right

Everything will be okay

Stubby

Small bottle of beer (Standard drink size)

Stubbies

Inappropriately short shorts worn by select Australian males

Speedos

Even more incredibly inappropriate shorts worn by select Aussie males

Ta

Thank you—short for thanks a lot

Take-away

Food to go

Tea

Dinner/evening meal

Thongs

Footwear appropriate for all occasions

Tomato sauce

Ketchup

Uni (you knee)

University

Vegemite

A delicious breakfast spread enjoyed by all…surely

White coffee/Flat White

Coffee with milk or cream

To learn more about ISV‘s program in Australia visit our website.

For more pre-departure blog information please use the following link: http://www.isvolunteers.org/blog/category/pre-departure-info/

 

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