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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- 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 is not listening. She is 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: in an angry tone of voice, you are asked to stop talking, be quiet,.
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 pub is 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 get so upset.
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.
Ga day Cobber
- Meaning: welcome close friend.
Example: Ga day cobber. What have you been up to?
Go and have a cuppa
- Meaning: have cup of tea or coffee.
Example: Go and have a cuppa and I will be there soon.
Go and tart yourself up
- Meaning: Please dress in your best clothes
Example: Go and tart yourself up we’re going out to dinner.
Going to the dunny
- Meaning: off to the toilet.
Example: Mate you have to wait. I got to go to the dunny.
Having a blue
- Meaning: having a fight or argument.
Example: Listen! Can you hear next door having a blue with her old man.
Have a naughty
- Meaning: sexual intercourse.
Example: Sorry I’m late. I had a quick naughty with the misses.
He’s got a goog
- Meaning: he’s got a bump as big as an egg.
Example: He was in a fight and he got a goog on his head.
He’s got tickets on himself
- Meaning: highly self opinionated, thinks they are just great
Example: Don’t take any notice of him. He’s got tickets on himself.
- Meaning: an expression of surprise.
Example: Holy-dooly! That was hot.
I got the wog
- Meaning: a cold, flu or virus
Example: I can’t go to school because I got the wog.
I will job you!
- Meaning: I will hit you or punch you.
Example: If you don’t leave me alone I’ll job you.
- Meaning: absolutely exhausted or very tired.
Example: It was a tough day at work. I’m knackered.
It’s a goer
- Meaning: something that will definitely occur.
Example: no matter if it rains or not it’s a goer tomorrow.
- Meaning: acting in a way that others generally don’t like.
Example: She got very mad at the way he was mucking around.
- Meaning: go now, get lost.
Example: Nick off you’re bothering me.
- Meaning: don’t worry about it, everything is fine (same as “no worries”)
Example: No dramas mate. It will work out fine.
- Meaning: don’t worry about it, everything is fine (Australian Attitude)
Example: No worries mate. It will work out fine.
- Meaning: how are you?
Example: Ow-yar-goin mate?
- Meaning: you are on your own, alone.
Example: If you do that you are on pat malone.
- Meaning: that’s wrong, or incorrect.
Example: Pigs bum, you’re not smarter than me.
- Meaning: messing around, wasting time.
Example: Stop playing sillybuggers and finish your homework.
Pull ya head in
- Meaning: I don’t want to listen to you so shut up.
Example: Pull ya head in, you don’t know what you’re talking about.
Put a snag on the barbie
- Meaning: a sausage cooked on a barbeque. That’s what real Aussies cook.
Example: Come on over and we’ll put a few snags on the barbie.
- Meaning: leave, you’re not wanted here.
Example: Rack off, you idiot.
- Meaning: mild insult calling someone a rascal
Example: Where you been you old ratbag!
- Meaning: true or genuine article
Example: Ridgie didge! It’s true, it really is gold.
She’ll be apples!
- Meaning: everything will be all right; giving someone assurance
Example: No worries mate. She’ll be apples!
Shut ya gob
- Meaning: be quiet.
Example: Aw shut ya gob or I’ll hit you.
- Meaning: surprised, bewildered, uncomprehending. You’re said to look like a stunned mullet
when you have no idea what’s going on or what they’re talking about.
Example: When she said no, he looked like a stunned mullet.
Take an early mark
- Meaning: leave early from whatever you’re doing
Example: they took an early mark from work and are headed to the pub
Taking a sickie
- Meaning: taking time off work when not really sick
Example: I am taking a sickie and going fishing.
- Meaning: this afternoon.
Example: I’m going to sleep now and this arvo we’ll go to the club.
Turn it up
- Meaning: stop what your saying or doing as its not right
Example: Turn it up, you’re making it worse.
You are a galah
- Meaning: loud, rudely behaved person.
Example: Keep quiet you big galah.
You dirty grub
- Meaning: dirty eater or dirty child.
Example: You dirty grub. Go change your clothes.
You little beauty, that’s beaut, you bewdy
- Meaning: excited approval, something has gone really well.
Example: You little beauty. I won the lottery. Reply – That’s beaut mate.
- Meaning: your turn to buy the drinks
Example: Bill, it’s your shout.
- Meaning: go now, get lost.
- Meaning: welcome close friend.