Many English speaking people visiting our country for the first time often find Australian English surprisingly different. For example Aussies tend to shorten words in ways that leave visitors lost: a politician is a polly, university is uni and Christmas is Chrissie. In addition to using the "ee" sound at the end, we also use "o" endings when we shorten words such as rego for car registration.
So if you're visiting our country, keep this in mind and you'll be able to guess some of what we're saying.
Slang Phrases >> Page 1 Page 2 Page 3
- Meaning: someone is not trying hard enough and you want them to.
Example: Av-a-go-yer-mug. It really easy to do.
Away with the pixies
- Meaning: dreaming.
Example: She's not listening. She's in love and away with the pixies.
Bag of fruit
- Meaning: man's suit. It's an example of Aussie rhyming slang.
Example: He went to the meeting in his new bag of fruit.
- Meaning: you are asked stop talking, be quite, in a angry way.
Example: Oh! Belt up. You're getting me mad.
- Meaning: that's the truth
Example: Bloody oath it is.
Bob's yer uncle
- Meaning: if you do this (whatever is said first) it will work or be all right.
Example: Just add some extra water and Bob's yer uncle.
- Meaning: that's great friend.
Example: That's bonzer mate. I'm happy for you.
Chuck a U-e
- Meaning: make a U-turn.
Example: Chuck a U-e mate, the pubs the other way.
Crack a tinnie
- Meaning: open a can of cold beer
Example: Come over to my place and we'll crack a tinnie.
- Meaning: true, genuine.
Example: Jack is a dinky-di Aussie all right..
Doing your block
- Meaning: you are getting very angry, losing your head.
Example: Peter is out doing his block 'cause his wife pranged the car.
Don't get your knickers in a knot
- Meaning: Don't upset yourself.
Example: Don't get your knickers in a knot. She'll be right, mate.
Fair crack of the whip!
- Meaning: give me a fair go.
Example: Fair crack of the whip! I only just started.
- Meaning: someone really genuine.
Example: Peter is fair dinkum. You can trust him.
- Meaning: what you say when someone is not letting you do or say something.
Example: Fair go mate. I know I can do it.
Fair suck of the sav
- Meaning: statement you make when someone is not letting you do or say something.
Example: Fair suck of the sav, mate. How about shutting up and listening.
Fifty k's south of Woop Woop
- Meaning: in the middle of nowhere
Example: He wants to go camping 50 k's south of Woop Woop.
(You can use any number for the distance.)
Flat chat or flat out
- Meaning: going very fast what ever they're doing.
Example: He is going flat chat and he'll be finished in half the time.
Full as a goog
- Meaning: drunk or eaten to the excess.
Example: That was a great meal. I am full as a goog.
Did you know . . .
US President Obama tried a bit of Aussie strine in a 2011 toast to Welsh-born Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He said that their two nations had faced their fair share of "sticky wickets", but the relationship was in "top nick" after embracing a "no worries, she'll be right" mantra. ed. Interesting.