Hi, fellas! Did you know that New Zealand (Kiwi = NZ people) also has a lot of slang words? Kiwis have tons of unique slang words (from NZ phrases & words, also a few Maori words).
Let’s find out some of those, shall we?
- Kia ora: it means ‘hello’ in Maori.
- Jandals: it refers to what Aussies like to call ‘thongs’. It means ‘sandals’.
- Tomato sauce: ketchup. Don’t try asking for ketchup. You will be met with alien looks. :D
- Cuzzie: any close friend or relative. It doesn’t strictly mean a cousin.
- Choice, bro!: choice is a very versatile word in MZ meaning anything from ok, cool, I agree, I understand, etc.
- Hooray: a casual way of saying goodbye. So, don’t get offended when someone says it when you’re leaving a group of people.
- Box of birds: a standard answer to the inquiry “How are you?”. Box of birds’ also signifies that the speaker is happy or in rude health.
- Buttie: sandwich made from buttered bread.
- Pakeha: coined initially by early Maori to describe non-indigenous New Zealanders.
- Fush and chups: fish and chips are a kiwi favorite cooked at the local ‘takeaways’.
So, have you ever been to New Zealand and heard some of those words, fellas?
Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on June 28, 2013