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Guide to Aussie Slang

July 4, 2017
australian phrase

Going to Australia? You will find that they, like other English speaking countries, not only have their own unique accent but slang, too! Aussie slang is more prevalent than slang in the US so be prepared! 

australian phrases

Booze Bus - Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers

Barbie - Barbecue

Lippy - lipstick 

Come a gutser - a bad mistake or have an accident

Come good - turn out ok

Liquid laugh - vomit 

Lizard drinking, flat out like a - flat out, busy

Bathers - Swimsuit

Grog : liquor, beer

Bea - Beer

Cobber - Very good friend

australian phrases

Hard yakka - Hard work

Knock - to criticise

Heaps - loads, lots, many

Legless - Someone who is really drunk

Lollies - Sweets

Bonzer - great, ripper

Bottler - something excellent

Maccas - McDonalds

Mystery bag - a sausage

Runners - Trainers, Sneakers

Chockers -very full

Esky - cooler, insulated food and drink container

Fair Dinkum - true, real, genuine

Grommet - young surfer

australian sayings

Mozzie - mosquito

Servo - Service Station

Not the full quid - not bright intellectually 

Slab - a 24 pack of beer

Piss - beer

Togs - swim suit

Straya - Australia

Ace! - Excellent! Very good! 

Arvo - afternoon

Petty - petrol

Stubbie - a big Beer

Stuffed - Tired

Plonk - cheap wine

Swag - Single tent

australian sayings

Mug - friendly insult ("have a go, yer mug"), gullible person 

Mull - grass (the kind you smoke) 

Tea - Dinner

Thongs - Flip Flops

to veg out - relax in front of the TV

Rip snorter - great, fantastic

Facey - Facebook

She’ll be right -everything will be all right

Sickie - sick day. If you take a day off work when you are not actually sick it’s called chucking a sickie

Tucker - Food

U-IE - to take a U-Turn when driving

Bogan- redneck, uncultured person

Lappy- lap top

Bottle-O - bottle shop, liquor store

Trackie daks/dacks - tracksuit pants

Trackies - track suit

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Whinge - to whine

Accadacca - the band ACDC

Useful as an ashtray on a motorbike / tits on a bull - unhelpful or incompetent person or thin

Billy - teapot

Barrack - to cheer on (football team etc.)

Bodgy - of inferior quality

Bog in - commence eating, to attack food with enthusiasm

Yewy - u-turn in traffic

Cooee, not within- figuratively a long way away

Cost big bikkies - expensive

Footy - rugby

Butcher - small glass of beer in South Australia

Divvy van - Police vehicle used for transporting criminal

Sunnies - sunglasses 

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Dinky-di - the real thing, genuine

Dag - a funny person, nerd, goof

Daks - trousers

Not within Cooee - figuratively a long way away

Cost big bikkies - expensive

Damper - bread made from flour and water

Date- arse[hole]

Bull dust - rubbish

Cactus - dead, broken

Cark it - to die, stop working

Chocka - full up

Rack off - get lost! get out of here!

White pointers- topless (female) sunbathers

Docket - a bill, receipt

Doco - documentary

Drink with the flies - to drink alone

Earbashing - nagging, non-stop chatter

aussie slang

Siggi Einarson

My name is Siggi-dubbed by my American friends because of the Icelandic yogurt-I am a writer, polyglot, and aspiring expat, not a cup of yogurt (unfortunately).

My love for travelling began with a trip to Iceland and Sweden to visit my family when I was just 15 years old. I spent so long dreaming of the possibilities of life abroad but I always figured these dreams were too far reached. Flash forward almost 10 years, here I am again, both cursing and thanking this damn travel bug.

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