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AUSTRALIAN SLANG

Phrases

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.

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Av-a-go-yer-mug

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.

Belt up!

Meaning: you are asked stop talking, be quite, in a angry way.
Example: Oh! Belt up. You're getting me mad.

Bloody oath

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.

Bonzer mate!

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.

Dinky-di

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.

Fair dinkum

Meaning: someone really genuine.
Example: Peter is fair dinkum. You can trust him.

Fair-go mate!

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.

 

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