New to Australia? Still getting your head around the jargon and typical variations of English used here? Or perhaps you have been staying for a while and still haven’t caught up to the lingo used here. Don’t worry, Rishi Khandelwal’s brief list of colloquialism and local phrases will help you learn some of the most common ones.
Arvo : Short for afternoon. E.g: I’ll see you later in the arvo.
Barbie: is a Barbeque (BBQ) E.g. I am having some guests for a Barbie
Bogan : people acting dumb or weird or someone who is not sophisticated. E.g Many Australians behave like Bogans while travelling.
Bloody Oath : adding emphasis, like yes its right . E.g Bloody Oath Mate, that was a hard day
Bludge: Waste time, kill time. Bludging will not be tolerated at the workplace
Brekky: Breakfast, what time will Brekkie be served today?
Buggered: Exhausted, tired. Was a long day today – I am buggered
Chook : chicken. We are having a roast chook tonight.
Chrissie: Christmas. E.g. I am going to Sydney for Chrissie.
Crook: becoming sick or angry. Rishi Khandelwal points out that this is an interesting one. In case any of you thought that crook was a thief or thug here in Australia it is more commonly used as ‘ I am feeling crooked mate’.
Durry: Cigarette. I need a light for my durry !
Esky : Ice Box or Cooler. Is anyone taking an Esky for the picnic? According to Rishi Khandelwal, this is also one that confuses many people as it is mistaken short for Eskimo.
Fair Dinkum – ‘Fair Dinkum?’ : Its like is It true ? / Yes I believe it scenario. Take for example, your friend says to you : “ Hey mate did you see the fireworks ? Wasn’t it amazing ? And you reply – “ Fair Dinkum !”
Flat out : Extremely busy. E.g. I have been flat out trying to finish Christmas Orders.
Footy : Football. E.g. We are watching Footy at Tim’s place on the weekend.
G’day : Good Day or a welcome greeting.
Going off : Being Angry or shouting at someone. My wife was going off at me for forgetting my son’s birthday.
Good On Ya: Well done or good for you. Used as encouragement from friend sometimes sarcastically as well. E.g.
Sam to John (his friend): “I passed my ATAR with 80%”.
John: “ Good on Ya”
Heaps: Much or too much. E.g “I love you heaps mum”.
Iffy : Being risky or unreasonable. E.g When he asked me for my telephone number I felt a bit iffy.
Lollies: Candy or chocolate. E.g. I gotta keep off lollies to manage my weight
Maccas: Famous fast food chain, McDonalds. E.g Please get me a coffee from Maccas. ( To be continued)
Mongrel – Someone who’s stupid or idiot. For example, He’s a mongrel.
No Drama – No problem / it’s ok
No Worries – No problem / it’s ok
No Wucka’s – A truly Aussie way to say ‘no worries’ Rishi Khandelwal states that although no drama and no worries is starting to make its way in other countries No Wuckas is quite exclusive to Australia.
Outback – The interior of Australia, “The Outback” is more remote than those areas named “the bush”. For example, we are taking a caravan and travelling to the outback.
Piece of Piss – easy. For e.g once you start living here getting the language is a piece of piss
Piss Off – go away, get lost. For example, If you cant work piss off.
Piss – (To Piss) to urinate. Example, I am in desperate need of piss
Pissed – Intoxicated, Drunk. Many youngsters get pissed in public.
Pissed Off – Annoyed. For example, I am extremely pissed off with your behavior.
Reckon – short for being sure or getting someone’s recommendation. Rishi Khandelwal says that this statement is common and is said as “ Do you reckon it will rain tonight”.
Rellie / Rello – Relatives. For example, I haven’t seen my rellos in ages.
Ripper – ‘You little ripper’ = That’s fantastic mate!
Runners – Trainers, Sneakers. Example, I am going for a job in my runners.
Sanger – Sandwich. Example, I am having a Sanger for my sandwich.
Servo – Service Station / Garage. For example, Get your fuel in a servo.
Sheila – A woman. Example, I was having a drink at the pub when a Sheila approached me.
Sick – awesome; ‘that’s really sick mate’. For example, Your performance at the concert was sick
Sickie – a sick day off work, or ‘to pull a sickie’ would be to take a day off when you aren’t actually sick. For example, Raj hasn’t come to work. He has called in a sickie.
Skull – To down a beer. For example
Slab – A carton of beers. Example, for this BBQ get a slab of beer.
Smoko – Cigarette break. For example, I am going for a smoko.
Snag – Sausage. For example, put a snag in your sandwich.
Stoked – Happy, Pleased. For example, I was stoked to get my exam results.
Straya – Australia. For example, Straya Day is celebrated on 26th January.
Stubby – a bottle of beer
Stubby Holder – Used so your hands don’t get cold when holding your beer, or to stop your hands making your beer warm! For example, There are no stubbies in the fridge.
Stuffed – Tired. Example, I am stuffed
Sunnies – Sunglasses. For Example , I left my sunnies in the car.
Thongs – Flip Flops. Rishi Khandelwal says that if someone asks you to wear thongs to the beach. They are most likely expressing their concern of the hot sand on your delicate feet.
True Blue – Genuinely Australian. For example, in Australia Day people dress in True Blue.
Yous – (youse) plural of you! For example We are coming to Yous for lunch.