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“Weird flex, but okay.”

Source: Twitter gif.

Have you ever heard or read this sentence, fellas? It’s usually directed to people who have skills or styles that are a little outlandish or out-of-the-box.

‘To flex’ in the sense of bragging about personal things is an informal expression that means showing off or flaunting something (Indonesian: pamer). According to Urban Dictionary, it dates back as far as 2004.

When did ‘flexing’ start becoming popular? The word gains popularity thanks to one of Rae Sremmurd’s songs, No Flex Zone (2014). Until today, it is one of the most used internet slangs, partly thanks to flexing culture.

Now, what is flexing culture? It is an competition to show off expensive things (gadget/electronic devices, clothings, jewelleries, merchandise, etc.), lavish lifestyle, places we recently visited, or our fine dining experience to our circle of friends and family, particularly on social media, in order to seem wealthy and up-to-date and to increase our social standing.

Many articles have pointed out the psychological effects of flexing culture; some of them are the need to always compete, the replacement of self-worth and self-esteem with material things, unhealthy coping mechanism, and unnecessary spending, but I guess it all comes back to us whether we let ourselves be affected or not.

Let us know what you think about flexing and flexing culture on the comment section below.

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 23 November 2020.

#AusSlang: The Australian Way
#EngVocab: Popular Internet Terms as of Mid-2018
#UKSlang: Slang in Harry Potter Books
#USSlang: Internet Slang (2)
#USSlang: Money

#AUSSlang: The Australian way

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!

  1. US: Cup of coffee | AU: Cuppa

Example: Would you like any sugar in your cuppa?


  1. US: Biscuit | AU: Biccie

Example: The best way to start your day is with a glass of warm milk and some biccie.


  1. US: Breakfast | AU: Breakkie

Example: Do you prefer chicken porridge or nasi uduk for breakkie?


  1. US: Afternoon | AU: Arvo

Example: It’s a very tiring day. Let’s have an arvo nap.


  1. US: Umbrella | AU: Brolly

Example: Always keep a brolly with you wherever you go. Especially in the raining season.


  1. US: Sunglasses | AU: Sunnies

Example: Oversized sunnies are trending now thanks to Syahrini.


  1. US: Track pants | AU: Tracky dacks

Example: Rihanna seems to like this green tracky dacks a lot.


  1. US: Convenience store | AU: Milk bar

Example: Let’s go to a milk bar and grab something to eat.


  1. US: Chocolate | AU: Choccie

Example: I really should stop eating so much choccie.


  1. US: Candy | AU: Lollies

Example: I don’t mind living off lollies, but my dentist wouldn’t approve.


  1. US: Guy | AU: Bloke

Example: Despite his attitude, he turned out to be a very nice bloke.


  1. US: Girl | AU: Bird

Example: She’s one of the most determined bird you might ever find on TV.


  1. US: Flip flops, sandals |AU: Thongs

Example: Somebody left these thongs outside. Are they yours?


  1. US: Lipstick | AU: Lippy

Example: I always keep at least one lippy in my purse.


  1. US: Gas station | AU: Servo

Example: Fortunately we found a servo in time. I almost ran out of petrol.


Alright! There goes 15 Australian slang you might want to know, especially if you’re planning to go to Australia.


Compiled and written by @miss_qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, September 28, 2016


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#EngVocab: 7 words you most likely hear in Australia

G’day, Fellas! How are you doing? Do you know that Australian English is so distinctive?

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Some other English native speakers even can spot Australian English easily. Here are some: ‘mate,’ ‘dope,’ chuck,’ ‘whoop-whoop,’ ‘ambo,’ ‘free-loader,’ and ‘sickie.’ Have you heard some of them?

  1. Mate (n) means sob or bro. Elderly even use ‘love,’ ‘tiger,’ ‘sunshine’ to address the youth.
    • Example:
      • “G’day, mate!”
  2. Dope (adj) means cool (keren). It can be used for any goodies even food!
    • Example:
      • “Thanks for the shoes, mate. These are dope!”
  3. Chuck (v) means to put in casually.
    • Example:
      • A: How do I heat the curry?

      • B: Just chuck it in the microwave.

  4. Whoop-whoop (n) means antah berantah.
    • Example:
      • “I can’t remember where she lives. It’s somewhere in the whoop-whoop.”
  5. Ambo (n) means ambulance.
    • Example:
      • He’s lost his consciousness (dia pingsan).

      • Call the ambo, quick! (Panggil ambulan, cepet!)

  6. Free-loader (n) means orang yg makan tapi nggak modal.
    • Example:
      • “Sorry I can’t get you nibbles (camilan). I am a free-loader tonight.”
  7. Sickie (n) means cuti sakit.
    • Example:
      • “I’ll have a sickie tomorrow. I’m gonna have some alcohol tonight with my close friends.”

That’s it from me, guys. Thank you so much for the retweets and favourites! Hope you like it. See ya!

Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, Augustus 13, 2015.




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

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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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10. Budgie. Meaning: budgerigar, parkeet.

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

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

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

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#AUSSlang: Food and drink

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 post will be all about food & drink!

  1. Amber fluid. Meaning: Beer.
  2. Avo. Meaning: Short for avocado. Not to be confused with ‘arvo’ which means ‘afternoon.’
  3. Banana bender. Meaning: a person from Queensland (I wonder why! LOL).
  4. Barbie. Meaning: Short for barbeque. Not the doll.
  5. Billy. Meaning: A container to boil water. A teapot.
  6. Bog in. Meaning: To eat with enthusiasm. As the Javanese would say, “Nggragas.”
  7. Bikkie. Meaning: Biscuit.
  8. Brekkie. Meaning: Breakfast.
  9. 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.
  10. Boozer. Meaning: A pub, from the British slang for alcohol ‘booze.’
  11. BYO (Bring Your Own) Meaning: A kind of unlicensed restaurant where customers bring their own drinks.
  12. Bush telly. Meaning: Campfire. LOL. ‘Telly’ is British slang for television.
  13. Chewie. Meaning: Chewing gum, not Chewbacca from Star Wars.
  14. 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.
  15. Chokkie. Meaning: Chocolate. By now you must have noticed a pattern in
  16. Crow eater. Meaning: A person from South Australia (I wonder why! LOL)
  17. Dingo’s breakfast. Meaning: No breakfast. Dingo is a native Australian wild dog.
  18. Drink with the flies. Meaning: To drink alone. Somehow this one makes me LOL.
  19. Off one’s face. Meaning: To get really drunk.
  20. Fairy floss. Meaning: Candy floss. In England, ‘fairy cake’ is how they call ‘cupcake.’
  21. Flake. Meaning: Shark meat, usually sold in fish-and-chips shop.
  22. Maccas. Meaning: McDonald’s. Instead of ‘McD.’
  23. Milk bar. Meaning: Corner shop selling take-away food.
  24. Muddy. Meaning: Mud crab, a popular delicacy.
  25. Bring a plate. Meaning: Instruction to bring food to a barbeque party. “Potluck party”
  26. Sanger. Meaning: Sandwich.


Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, November 30, 2014

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#AUSSlang: Australian slang related to time

  1. Arvo. Meaning: afternoon.
    • Example:
      • Let’s have a meeting in this arvo.
  2. Evo. Meaning: evening.
    • Example:
      • Naomi just got the news on her parents’ accident in this evo
  3. Satdee. Meaning: Saturday.
    • Example:
      • Erin and Navid will have a lunch on Satdee.
  4. Sundee. Meaning: Sunday.
    • Example:
      • On this Sundee, Adrianna will come as a guest in Elen DeGeneres Show. 
  5. Yonks. Meaning: a long period of time.
    • Example:
      • Annie and Dixon haven’t seen their parents in yonks. 
  6. Ron. Meaning: later on.
    • Example:
      • Silver will turn off the phone and light the fireplace ron. 
  7. Smoko. Meaning: a break which include having something to eat and drink, and a cigarette if you are allowed to.
    • Example:
      • In this meeting, smoko will be at 4 PM.
  8. Sickie. Meaning: a day off work by calling in sick when you don’t feel like working and want to do other things.
    • Example:
      • Ivy promises to her boss that she’ll never take another sickie from work.

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, February 03, 2013

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#AUSSlang: Rhyming slang (2)

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:

  1. Johnny Horner.  Meaning: corner.
    • Example:
      • Betty is reading her new book on the Johnny Horner.
  2. Dodge and shirk. Meaning: work.
    • Example:
      • A: Hey, where is Amanda?

      • D: Amanda is off to dodge and shirk.

  3. Frog and toad. Meaning: road.
    • Example:
      • Wilhemina, you can meet Daniel tomorrow morning because he has to hit the frog and toad now.
  4. Mud pies. Meaning: eyes.
    • Example:
      • Alexis is beautiful because she has big mud pies.
  5. Smash and grab. Meaning: cab.
    • Example:
      • Would you mind calling the smash and grab, Justin?

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, March 24 , 2013

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#AUSSlang: Rhyming slang

Rhyming slang is a type of slang in which a word is replaced by words or phrases they rhyme with. In this post, we will share some rhyming slang you would likely find in Australia.

  1. Steak and kidney. Meaning: Sydney.
    • Example:
      • In this holiday, Rachel will go to steak and kidney alone. 
  2. Brave and bold. Meaning: cold.
    • Example:
      • Tonight is really brave and cold. Do you feel it too, Joey? 
  3. Blood blister. Meaning: sister.
    • Example:
      • Is your blood blister at home, Julie? Chandler needs to see her now. 
  4. Captain Cook. Meaning: look.
    • Example:
      • Hey, Phoebe! Try to take a Captain Cook the view. It’s so good. 
  5. Curry and rice. Meaning: price.
    • Example:
      • Monica, would you mind asking the curry and rice to the sales girl? 
  6. Dog and bone. Meaning: phone.
    • Example:
      • Gunther, please pick up the dog and bone. I’m still in the kitchen.
  7. Grim and gory. Meaning: story.
    • Example:
      • Janice and Mike have a great grim and gory from their journey to Tibet.
  8. Kitchen sink. Meaning: drink.
    • Example:
      • Do you want me to refill your kitchen sink, Sir? 
  9. Lemon squash. Meaning: wash.
    • Example:
      • Frank, I think your car needs a lemon squash. It looks so dirty. 
  10. Nail and screws. Meaning: news.
    • Example:
      • Do you get any nail and screws about Susan? She’s been missing for a week. 

Those are some examples on rhyming slang. They sound interesting, right? Try using them in your daily conversation, fellas. :) 

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, March 10, 2013

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#AUSSlang: Australian slang (6)

  1. Turn it up. Arti: stop what you’re saying or doing as its not right.
    • Contoh:
      • Turn it up, you’re making it worse. ‪‬
  2. Away with the pixies. Arti: dreaming.
    • Contoh:
      • She’s not listening. She’s in love and away with the pixies. ‪‬
  3. Bonzer. Arti: great, excellent.
    • Contoh:
      • That’s bonzer mate! I’m happy for you.
  4. Chuck a U-e. Arti: make a U-turn.
    • Contoh:
      • Chuck a U-e mate, the house is in the other way. ‪
  5. Be apples. Arti: everything will be all right; giving someone assurance.
    • Contoh:
      • No worries mate. She’ll be apples!
  6. k’s south of Woop Woop. Arti: in the middle of nowhere.
    • Contoh:
      • He wants to go camping 50k’s south of Woop Woop. (you can use any number)
  7. Full as a goog. Arti: drunk or eaten to the excess.
    • Contoh:
      • That was a great meal. I am full as a goog. ‪‬
  8. Tart yourself up. Arti: Dress in your best clothes.
    • Contoh:
      • Go and tart yourself up, we’re going out to dinner. ‪
  9. Dunny. Arti: Toilet.
    • Contoh:
      • Mate, you have to wait. I got to go to the dunny. ‪‬
  10. Nackered. Arti: absolutely exhausted or very tired.
    • Contoh:
      • It was a tough day at work. I’m nackered. ‪

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, June 23, 2012

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#AUSSlang: Australian slang (5)

  1. Crook. Arti: sakit.
    • Contoh:
      • I can’t go to school, I feel a bit crook.
  2. Quack. Arti: dokter.
    • Contoh:
      • I have to go to the quack since I feel a bit crook.
  3. Wagging school. Arti: bolos sekolah.
    • Contoh:
      • Boredom is one of many reasons why children keep wagging school.
  4. Squizz. Arti: melihat.
    • Contoh:
      • Come here, take a squizz at this picture!
  5. Tucker. Arti: makanan.
    • Contoh:
      • I’m hungry, let’s go get some tucker.
  6. Whinge. Arti: mengeluh.
    • Contoh:
      • Many people can’t stop whinging about the increasing of fuel prices.
  7. True blue. Arti: orang yang jujur, loyal, dapat dipercaya.
    • Contoh:
      • You can always count on Jim, he is a true blue.
  8. Up oneself. Arti: punya opini yang tinggi terhadap diri sendiri, narsis.
    • Contoh:
      • I don’t like her, she is so up herself.

Compiled and written by @ChatrineYK at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, March 15, 2012

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#AUSSlang: Australian slang (4)

  1. Make a blue. Arti: merusak sesuatu, membuat kesalahan.
    • Contoh:
      • I’m so sorry, I made a blue.
  2. Emma chisit? Arti: slang dari “How much is it?”
    • Contoh:
      • This bag is so damn cute. Emma chisit?
  3. Cream puff. Arti: mudah dikalahkan (banyak digunakan di bidang olahraga).
    • Contoh:
      • There are some teams that are cream puffs in the league.
  4. Garbo. Arti: tukang sampah.
    • Contoh:
      • The garbo collect the trash every Friday.
  5. Croc. Arti: palsu, mengada-ada.
    • Contoh:
      • Story about the haunted castle is a total croc.
  6. Dob. Arti: mengadukan seseorang.
    • Contoh:
      • I will dob on you if you cheat.
  7. Dux. Arti: mengetuai/memimpin di kelas.
    • Contoh:
      • Jerry duxed all of his classes this year.
  8. Even-steven. Arti: imbang, seri.
    • Contoh:
      • I’ve paid you back, so we are even-steven now.
  9. Earbashing. Arti: omelan.
    • Contoh:
      • My parents gave me an earbashing after for arriving home late last night.

Compiled by @ChatrineYK at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, March 1, 2012


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#AUSSlang: Australian slang (3)

  1. Come a gutser. Arti: jatuh tersandung, gagal dalam suatu hal.
    • Contoh:
      • Please be careful and slow down or you’re going to come a gutser.
  2. Flake out. Arti: ambruk/pingsan karena mabuk atau kelelahan.
    • Contoh:
      • He got so drunk that he flaked out on the couch.
  3. Eggbeater. Arti: helicopter.
    • Contoh:
      • An eggbeater crashed into a mountain in eastern Indonesia last week.
  4. Earwig. Arti: (verb) sengaja menguping pembicaraan, (noun) orang yang menguping.
    • Contoh:
      • It’s pretty impolite to earwig your parents’ conversation.
  5. Buster. Arti: angin kencang.
    • Contoh:
      • Large parts of Australia have been battered by buster for 5 hours.
  6. Ripper (adjective) Arti: ungkapan untuk mendeskripsikan sesuatu dengan makna positif.
    • Contoh:
      • Wow, she won the competition! She’s such a ripper!
  7. Heaps. Arti: banyak, slang untuk ‘plenty’, ‘a lot’.
    • Contoh:
      • His job earns heaps of money.
  8. Ivories. Arti: gigi.
    • Contoh:
      • My mom went to dentist to have a treatment for her ivories.
  9. Sprung. Arti: terpesona, terpikat, terobsesi karena cinta.
    • Contoh:
      • Although Tom has only been talking to her for 2 hours, he’s so sprung on her.
  10. Vejjo. Arti: sebutan untuk vegetarian.
    • Contoh:
      • There are many good reasons for being a vejjo.
  11. Eyes on, hands off. Arti: boleh dilihat, tidak boleh dipegang.
    • Contoh:
      • Those sapphires look so beautiful. Unfortunately, they’re kept in that glass box. Eyes on hands off.
  12. No drama. Arti: tak perlu khawatir/tidak apa-apa, sama seperti ungkapan ‘no worries’.
    • Contoh:
      • Everything will be okay, no drama.
Compiled and written by @ChatrineYK at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, February 09, 2012

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#AUSSlang: Australian slang

  1. Grouse. Arti: ekspresi pujian, bagus, hebat.
    • Contoh:
      • She is a grouse woman.
  2. Idiot box. Arti: televisi.
    • Contoh:
      • Don’t waste too much time in front of the idiot box!
  3. Billabong. Arti: lubang air.
    • Contoh:
      • Whoa! I see a crocodile at the side of that billabong.
  4. Barbie. Arti: barbeque.
    • Contoh:
      • Let’s have a barbie tomorrow!
  5. Chook. Arti: ayam.
    • Contoh:
      • We have some shrimps and chook on the barbie.
  6. Bung. Arti: rusak.
    • Contoh:
      • I can’t use the elevator, it’s on the bung again.
  7. Brekkie. Arti: sarapan.
    • Contoh:
      • What do you have for your brekkie?
  8. Dodgy. Arti: aneh, mencurigakan.
    • Contoh:
      • That guy looks dodgy.
  9. Burl. Arti: mencoba, berusaha.
    • Contoh:
      • What are you waiting for? Go on, give it a burl.

Compiled and written by @ChatrineYK at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, September 29, 2011

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