Being so far from Australia, Yanks often have it really tough understanding the time differences. Even our dating system can cause confusion. Like most of the world, Australia uses the format day, month, year while Americans use month, day, year. 11/12/04 would be the 11th of December to an Aussie while a Yank would say it’s November 12th.
So if you’re planning to meet, make sure you’re both talking about the same day.
|Tea||light meal late afternoon or main meal in the evening, also a drink|
|Fortnight||generally 14 days, but if said “Monday fortnight” it means not next Monday, but the one after that.|
|Yonks||a long period of time|
|Smoko||originally a cigarette break, but now meaning a break which include having something to eat and drink, and a cigarette if you are allowed to.|
|Sickie||a day off work by calling in sick when you don’t feel like working and want to do other things|
|Holidays||usually refers to time off work, vacation|
|Cup Day||public holiday when everyone watches the Melbourne Cup|
|Ekka Day||public holiday in Brisbane for the Ekka (state fair in USA)|
|Break-up Day||last day of school|
|The Wet||rainy season during summer in tropical northern Australia|