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Diminutives

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It seems Australians have and use more slang than anyone else. We’d like to suggest the reason slang became so firmly established in Australia may be rooted in our convict past. It’s understandable that they would have created slang words to disguise what they were really talking about. Anyway, it’s an interesting possibility.

The following are examples of some diminutives (abbreviations) to give you a feel for how we shorten many of our words.

aggro aggressive
arvo afternoon
Aussie Australia
barbie barbecue
bickie biscuit
blowie blowfly
Brissie Brisbane
budgie budgerigar
Bundy Bundaberg, QLD
cardie cardigan
chewie chewing gum
Chrissy Christmas
ciggie cigarette
cockie cockatoo
cockie cockroach
coldie cold beer
comfy comfortable
compo workers’ compensation
conchie conscientious objector
cossie swimming costume
cuppa cup of tea
deli delicatessen
dero derelict person, vagrant
footy football
garbo garbage collector
hollies holidays
hottie hot water bottle
journo journalism
kindy kindergarten
lippie lipstick
maggie magpie
mossie mosquito
mushie mushroom
on ya good on you
pokie poker machine
pollie politician
postie postman
preggers pregnant
pressie present
rego registration (of a vehicle)
rellie relative
sammie sandwich
sickie sick leave
sunnies sunglasses
swaggie swagman
Tassie Tasmania
umpie umpire
wellies wellington boots, gumboots

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