People from different part of the world have their own way to say things. Even though Australians speak English, like British & Americans, there are some words or slang which are unique to people from the country.
In this post, I’ll share some slang of the most common slang you might find in Australia. Let’s start!
US: Cup of coffee | AU: Cuppa
US: Biscuit | AU: Biccie
US: Breakfast | AU: Breakkie
US: Afternoon | AU: Arvo
US: Umbrella | AU: Brolly
US: Sunglasses | AU: Sunnies
US: Track pants | AU: Tracky dacks
US: Convenience store | AU: Milk bar
US: Chocolate | AU: Choccie
US: Candy | AU: Lollies
US: Guy | AU: Bloke
US: Girl | AU: Bird
US: Flip flops, sandals |AU: Thongs
US: Lipstick | AU: Lippy
US: Gas station | AU: Servo
Alright! There goes 15 Australian slang you might want to know, especially if you’re planning to go to Australia.
2. Joey. Meaning: Baby kangaroo in its mother’s pouch.
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.
10. Budgie. Meaning: budgerigar, parkeet.
11. Chook. Meaning: chicken.
12. Flutterby. Meaning: Butterfly.
13. Mozzie. Meaning: Mosquito.
14. White ants. Meaning: Termite. ‘Rayap.’
15. Cockie. Meaning: Cockroach or cockatoo. I’m sure you don’t want pics of the first one.
Being outdoor reminds me of summer’s all-time favourite activities – Barbeque parties! Barbeque happens to be a favourite past time for our neighbouring country Australia. So this #AUSSlang post will be all about food & drink!
Amber fluid. Meaning: Beer.
Avo. Meaning: Short for avocado. Not to be confused with ‘arvo’ which means ‘afternoon.’
Banana bender. Meaning: a person from Queensland (I wonder why! LOL).
Barbie. Meaning: Short for barbeque. Not the doll.
Billy. Meaning: A container to boil water. A teapot.
Bog in. Meaning: To eat with enthusiasm. As the Javanese would say, “Nggragas.”
Bikkie. Meaning: Biscuit.
Brekkie. Meaning: Breakfast.
Not my bowl of rice. Meaning: I don’t like it. Wonder why they are using rice. In England they’ve ‘not my cup of tea’, with the same meaning.
Boozer. Meaning: A pub, from the British slang for alcohol ‘booze.’
BYO (Bring Your Own) Meaning: A kind of unlicensed restaurant where customers bring their own drinks.
Bush telly. Meaning: Campfire. LOL. ‘Telly’ is British slang for television.
Chewie. Meaning: Chewing gum, not Chewbacca from Star Wars.
Dog’s eye. Meaning: Meat pie. So next time you’re going to Aussie and someone offers you to eat dog’s eye, fear not.
Chokkie. Meaning: Chocolate. By now you must have noticed a pattern in #AusSlang
Crow eater. Meaning: A person from South Australia (I wonder why! LOL)
Dingo’s breakfast. Meaning: No breakfast. Dingo is a native Australian wild dog.
Drink with the flies. Meaning: To drink alone. Somehow this one makes me LOL.
Off one’s face. Meaning: To get really drunk.
Fairy floss. Meaning: Candy floss. In England, ‘fairy cake’ is how they call ‘cupcake.’
Flake. Meaning: Shark meat, usually sold in fish-and-chips shop.
Maccas. Meaning: McDonald’s. Instead of ‘McD.’
Milk bar. Meaning: Corner shop selling take-away food.
Muddy. Meaning: Mud crab, a popular delicacy.
Bring a plate. Meaning: Instruction to bring food to a barbeque party. “Potluck party”
A while back, we shared an article on some Australian rhyming slang. What’s rhyming slang? As previously mentioned in #AUSSlang: Rhyming slang, rhyming slang is a type of slang in which a word is replaced by words or phrases they rhyme with.
Let’s talk more about them in this article. Now, here are more examples of rhyming slang:
Johnny Horner. Meaning: corner.
Betty is reading her new book on the Johnny Horner.
Dodge and shirk. Meaning: work.
A: Hey, where is Amanda?
D: Amanda is off to dodge and shirk.
Frog and toad. Meaning: road.
Wilhemina, you can meet Daniel tomorrow morning because he has to hit the frog and toad now.
Mud pies. Meaning: eyes.
Alexis is beautiful because she has big mud pies.
Smash and grab. Meaning: cab.
Would you mind calling the smash and grab, Justin?