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Learn to Speak Australian!

G'Day mate! We thought you might enjoy learning to speak the Australian flavor of English. If you're coming by the Down Under Bar & Grill, you might want to check the definition list below before you "shout a beer and bikkies!"

Glossary - Zoom to Letter

A

Amber fluid

Beer.

Arvo

Afternoon.

Avos

Avocados.

B

Banana bender

A Queenslander, of course!

Barbie

Barbecue, as in…I'll throw some shrimp and chook on the barbie.

Beaut, beauty

Great, fanatstic, as in...Beauty amber fluid, mate!

Bikkie

Biscuit. Also...It cost big bikkies! (It was expensive)

Billabong

An ox-bow river or watering hole.

Billy

Large smoke-blackened tin can used to boil water over a campfire for tea.

Bloke

Man, guy.

Bloody

That all purpose ubiquitous adjective!

Bludger

Lazy person, layabout.

Bluey

Pack, equipment and also a traffic ticket.

Bonnet

Hood of a car.

Bonzer

Great, ripper.

Boogie board

A hybrid, half-sized surf board.

Boomer

A large male kangaroo, as Rolf Harris sings…Six white boomers, snow white boomers on Santa's Australian run…

Boot

Trunk of a car.

Boree

Aborigine for shout and yell.

Bottle shop

Liquor shop.

Box of blowflies

Ugly, as in…that's as ugly as a box of blowflies! (And that's pretty ugly! )

Buckley's Chance

No chance at all.

Bunyip

A mythical bush spirit, Australia's yeti or bigfoot. Probably just a hairy Surfie!

C

Capsicums

Green or red bell peppers.

Carpetbagger steak

Beef stuffed with oysters.

Chemist shop

Drug store.

Chook

Chicken.

Cobber

Friend, very dated.

Cockie

Farmer.

Coolie bin

Cooler for beer, e.t.c.

Corro

Aborigine for jump and leap.

Corroboree

An aboriginal dance festival.

Crook

Sick, or badly made.

Crow eater

A South Australian.

D

Dag

A funny person, nerd, goof, loser.

Daks

Trousers in Australia and underpants in New Zealand. Careful! Confusion between the two may lead to an embarrassing situation!

Darwin stubbie

A 1.25 litre bottle of beer. Careful! Stubbies are also a popular brand of men's shorts.

Digger

A soldier.

Dijeridu

A wooden musical instrument played by Aboringinal men.

Dill

An idiot.

Dilly-bag

Food bag.

Ding bat

Fool.

Dinkum, fair dinkum

Real, honest, genuine, as in...He's a fair dinkum bloke.

Dinky-di

The real thing.

Donk

Car or boat engine.

Donkey's years

Ages.

Drink with the flies

To drink alone.

Drongo

A dope, stupid person.

Drop-in

To steal a fellow surfer's wave. Careful! This is a serious crime in Surfer's Paradise.

E

Earbash

Non-stop chatter.

F

Footpath

Sidewalk.

Footy

Aussie rules football, mate!

Fossicking

Rummaging for shells or rocks, as in...Let's go opal fossicking at Coober Pedy.

G

G'arn

Go on, you're kidding!

G'Day!

Hello!

Galah

Noisy fool, named after the bird of the same name.

Game

Brave.

Give it a burl

Try it.

Good as gold!

Great!

Good oil

Useful information, a good idea.

Good on you

Good for you, well done.

Grizzle

To complain.

Grog

Liquor, beer. BYOG is…Bring Your Own Grog.

Grommet

A hot young surfer.

H

Have a yarn

To talk to someone.

Hit your kick

Open your wallet.

Hoon

Idiot, hooligan.

Hooray

Good-bye, also Hooroo!

Hotel

Often just a pub.

I

Icy pole

Popsicle.

J

Jackaroo

A male ranch hand.

Jillaroo

A female ranch hand.

Joey

Baby kangaroo.

Journo

Journalist.

Jumbuck

Sheep.

Jumper

Sweater.

K

Knock

To criticise.

Knocker

Those who knock!

L

Lemon squash

Lemonade.

Lob-in

Drop in to see someone, as in...Mel Gibson told me to lob-in any time.

Lollies

Sweets.

Lolly water

Soft drink.

M

Mate

Buddy, friend, as in…Goo'die mite! Owyer goin'? Can I shout yer a beer?

Middy

New South Wales…a 285 ml beer glass.

Moomba

Aborigine for have fun!

My shout!

My turn to buy the beer!

N

Never Never

The Outback, in the center of Australia.

No worries

Expression of forgiveness or reassurance as in…No problem...forget about it...I can do it...Yes, I'll do it!

No-hoper

A fool.

O

O.S.

Overseas, as in...she's gone O.S.

Ocker

In Australia, an unsophisticated person and, in New Zealand, an Australian!

Offsider

An assistant.

Oz

Australia!

P

Paw-paws

Queensland papaya.

Pines

Pineapples.

Plonk

Cheap wine. Remember: when it's your shout, always buy plonk!

Pommie or pom

an Englishman.

R

Rafferty's rules

Chaos, disorder.

Reckon

Think, as in...Your shout or mine? What' ya reckon?

Reckon!

you bet! Absolutely!

Ridgy-didge

Original, genuine.

Right, mate!

Okay, as in...She'll be right, mate.

Ring, tingle

Phone someone up, as in...I'll give him a ring.

Ripper

Great, fantastic, as in...Rippah waves!

Rolling

Drunk.

Roo

Kangaroo.

Rotten

Really drunk.

Rubbish

To knock something.

S

Sandgroper

A Western Australian.

School

A group of drinkers. Brings new meaning to the term higher education!

Schooner

Large beer glass (15 oz.).

Scrub

Bush.

Shark biscuit

New surfers, grommets on boogie boards. Tres uncool!

She'll be right

No problem, don't worry, mate.

Sheila

A pretty girl or woman, used less today due to Sheilas' support of feminism.

Shout

To buy a round of drinks, as in…Can I shout yer a beer and bikkies? Careful! Never, never shout a bar. You'll have to buy a round for everyone in the pub!

Smoko

Smoke or coffee break.

Snag

A breakfast sausage.

Spunky, spunk

Good looking, as in...Mel Gibson and Elle MacPherson are spunky.

Stickybeak

Nosy person.

Stone the crows

An exclamation of surprise.

Strine

Australian slang, from Aus-strine, the way Aussies say Australian.

Sunbake

Sunbathe. Ouch!

Surfies

surfer dudes.

Swagman

Itinerant farm worker, tramp, as in the jolly swagman of Waltzing Matilda.

T

Ta

Thank you.

Tall poppies

Successful people.

Taswegian

A resident of Tasmania.

Tee-up

To set up an appointment.

The Lucky Country

Why, Australia, of course.

Tinny

Can o' beer.

Tomato sauce

Ketchup.

Too right

Definitely!

True blue

Honest, straight.

Tucker

Food.

Tucker-bag

Food bag.

U

Unmakeable

A poor wave is…unmakeable.

V

Vegemite
Vegemite on Toast
Vegemite on Toast

A dark brown, gooey, salty vegetable yeast extract that is an Australian staple. It's what makes Aussies and Enzeders strong.

W

Walkabout

A walk in the Outback by Aborigines that lasts for an indefinite amount of time as in…He's gone walkabout mate!

Water biscuit

A salt cracker.

Whinge

To complain about everything.

Wobbly

Disturbing, unstable behaviour, as in…to throw a wobbly.

Wog

Flu or slight illness, as in...Too much plonk and now the wog.

Wowser

Straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport.

X

XXXX

Pronounced Four X, it's Queensland's famous beer.

Y

Yabber

Talk.

Yobbo

An uncouth person.