#AUSSlang: Animals

We have talked about some Australian slang words related to food some time ago. This time around, we’ll continue with some Australian slang words related to animals.

1. Boomer. Meaning: A large male kangaroo.

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Boomer (Image by Wikipedia)

2. Joey. Meaning: Baby kangaroo in its mother’s pouch.

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Joey (Image via rantlifestyle.com)

3. Mob. Meaning: Group of kangaroo. (This is my fave thing about Australia: You could be sitting in a park then WOW).

In English, there are different ways to name a group of animals, depending on their species.
‘School’ is how a group of fish is called. “A school of fish.”
Interestingly, ‘murder’ is how a group of crow is called. “A murder of crow.”
‘Pack’ is for a group of lion or wolf. So “a pack of lion” is definitely not ‘sebungkus singa’. LOL.
4. Woofer. Meaning: dog.
5. Fruit salad. Meaning: dog/cat of mixed/unknown breeding. Interesting how Indonesians sometimes say ‘ras gado-gado’ for a cat or dog of mixed race.
6. Croc. Meaning: crocodile. Yes, like the shoes.
 
7. Brumby. Meaning: wild Australian horses.
8. Jumbuck. Meaning: Sheep.
9. Underground mutton. Meaning: Rabbit. Perhaps because we can also eat rabbit, just the way we eat mutton?

I was shocked when I first heard of this, but some kangaroos are allowed to be eaten in Australia. Eating kangaroos is a form of population control. Some species are protected, but some are so overpopulated they are allowed to be hunted.

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(Image via aussieblokes.net)

10. Budgie. Meaning: budgerigar, parkeet.
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(Image via petinfoclub.com)

11. Chook. Meaning: chicken.
12. Flutterby. Meaning: Butterfly.
13. Mozzie. Meaning: Mosquito.

14. White ants. Meaning: Termite. ‘Rayap.’

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(Image via termites101.org)

15. Cockie. Meaning: Cockroach or cockatoo. I’m sure you don’t want pics of the first one.
Source: alldownunder.com
Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, December 7, 2014

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