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#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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#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.

Source: koalanet.co.au

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

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#AusSlang: Australian slang related to clothing

  1. Clobber. Meaning: clothing.
    • Example:
      • “Jean Grey’s cabinet is filled with a load of new clobber.”
  2. Cardie. Meaning: cardigan.
    • Example:
      • “Ororo likes to wear cardie for her daily outfit.”
  3. Tweeds or strides. Meaning: trousers, pants.
    • Example:
      • “Logan was smartly dressed in a shirt, black tweeds, and boots.”
  4. Stubbies. Meaning: shorts.
    • Example:
      • “A pair of stubbies and T-shirt is Pyro’s favorite outfit in the summer time.”
  5. Cozzie or togs. Meaning: swimsuit.
    • Example:
      • “Rogue just has been told that she doesn’t need to pack a cozzie.”
  6. Brolly. Meaning: umbrella.
    • Example:
      • “Phoenix always brings brolly in her bag, even when the sun shines so bright.”
  7. Sandshoes. Meaning: joggers, sneakers, trainers.
    • Example:
      • “Magneto just bought two pairs of sandshoes, one in blue-white and one in black-red.”
  8. Sunnies. Meaning: sunglasses.
    • Example:
      • “One thing which Kitty never forgets to bring when she leaves the house is a pair of sunnies.”
  9. Lippy. Meaning: lipstick.
    • Example:
      • “Mystique’s favorite colour of lippy is blue.”
  10. Tats. Meaning: tattoo.
    • Example:
      • “Nightcrawler always has a tats made on his body right after he makes a mistake.”

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, January 27, 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

  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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