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How to speak Aussie

  • February 12, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
  • 8 Comments

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People from other countries always say that the English language is the most difficult to learn as it differs from the United Kingdom to the United States and then to the land down-under here in Australia. The lingo of the Aussie is said to perplex many a foreigner, particularly our Aussie slang.

I have a French Canadian brother-in-law who moved here years ago and he is still coming to grips with Aussie slang.  I remember when I first visited him and my sister in Canada and he kept asking my sister for translation.  For example, I asked if there were any ‘bickies’ in the cupboard to have with my ‘cuppa’ and he looked bewildered!

So I guess the first rules in Aussie lingo is that we have a tendency to add either an ‘y’ or an ‘o’ to the end of words.  For example:

Aggro – aggressive                                          Bicky – biscuit or cookie

Arvo – afternoon                                              Ciggy – cigarette

Compo – compensation                                   Cocky – Cockatoo or Farmer

Dero – derelict                                                 Coldy – a cold beer

Garbo – Garbage Removal worker                   Cossy – a swimming costume

Journo – Journalist                                           Footy – Football

Rego – registration                                          Pressy – present or gift

Smoko – coffee break                                      Lippy – lipstick

Yobbo – Australian male                                 Sicky – sick leave

Cuppa – cup of tea                                          Chrissy – Christmas

We also like to put the word ‘ay’ at the end of a sentence, i.e: “It’s a nice day – ay”?  Or we like to say “you know” a lot because we cannot articulate at times!

Some common Aussie slang is:

Shit-faced – meaning very drunk or pissed

Rooted – meaning exhausted or something that is completely irreparable

Dobber – meaning an informative or tell-tale

Wowzer or Knee Driller – meaning a religious person

Wanker or Tool – meaning a loser

Fruit Loop or Whacko – meaning someone who is mentally challenged

Dero – meaning a homeless person

Bogan or Westie – meaning a person who is from the West or the country of low socio-economic circumstances

Poser – meaning a person who boasts or show-off a lot.

Pig – meaning a Police Officer

Abbo or Coon – meaning an indigenous Australian (a very derogatory term)

Sheila – A girl

 

Aussie thongs

Some translations from American to Aussie:

THEY   SAY WE   SAY
Diaper Nappy
Ass or Butt Bum
Bum Dero
Root Bag
Screw Root
Chick Sheila
Hi Gidday
Cookie Bicky
Biscuit Scone
Trailer Caravan
Fall Autumn
Purse Handbag
Buddy Mate
Drunk Pissed
Fanny Pack Bum Bag
Flip Flop Thong
Thong G String
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By 50 Shades, February 12, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

8 Comments
  • Rae Hilhorst
    February 12, 2014

    Very clever well done xxxx

  • kathymarris
    February 12, 2014

    Thanks Rae, I know how confusing our use of slang can be for people from other countries. Just trying to clarify things a bit!

  • Pinky Poinker
    February 12, 2014

    Funny! My in-laws wrote an entire book about this. I haven’t heard “poser” for years! I’m going to have to resurrect that one!

    • Kathy
      February 13, 2014

      There would be an entire book in Aussie Slang for sure. I suppose the word ‘poser’ would equate to the word ‘try hard’ these days. I reckon she’ll be right mate!

  • Johanna
    February 13, 2014

    Love this – made me chuckle! Something I should definitely have on the bedside table for visiting ‘rellies from England :)

    • Kathy
      February 13, 2014

      A lot of visitors from overseas find our Aussie Slang a bit of a challenge for sure. Maybe I should write an entire book about the subject!

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