Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2010 19:53
Ever heard the phrase “Shrimp on the Barbie”?
We have compiled the ultimate Australian language interpretation guide. Below are popular words and phrases that might not be found in a dictionary, but are commonly used by Australian natives. Study this guide before arriving to Australia and you will fit right in when you arrive.
Ace!: Nice. Good one!
Ankle Biter: A toddler or young child. Taken from the idea the child is so small he or she could bite your ankles.
Apples (she'll be): It'll be okay.
Aussie: anyone born in Australia.
Aussie Salute: Brush away flies with the hand.
Barbie: A barbecue. (n.)
Bail Out: leave, angrily. "Right, I'm gonna bail out!"
Beaut(y): Nice, lovely.
Bingle: A bad vehicle accident.
Bitzer: A mongrel dog. (it's bits of this breed, and that breed...)
Bloke: dude, male.
Bloody Oath!: That's right!, For Sure!
Bodgy: Of bad quality, second-rate.
Bonzer: Ripper, awesome!
Boomer: A large male kangaroo.
Boozer: A pub.
Cactus: Dead, used up, not working.
Cheers: Thank You.
Chunder: Puke, hurl. Also called "Liquid Laugh".
Coldie: A beer.
Conch (conchy): A person who prefers to study or work rather than going out and having fun. Short for conscientious.
Cooee: Close. (originally used by indigineous Australians to find people or attract attention) "Within Cooee" means close, and "Not Within Cooee" means not even close.
Date: Butt, usually used with "Get off your"
Dinkum, fair Dinkum: The real deal, authentic.
Dipstick/Dropkick: really stupid.
Down Under: Anywhere in Australia or New Zealand
Dux: #1 in the class (n) -- to be #1 in your class (v.)
Earbashing: Never-ending chit-chat.
Exy: Pricey (expensive)
Face, off one: drunk, intoxicated beyond recognition
Fair go: A chance. "Give 'er a fair go!"
Flick: Ditch, lose, refers to a person when you "give him the flick".
Footy/Football: Aussie Rules Football. Soccer is called Soccer and American Football is called Gridiron.
Going Off: A place that's very exciting or fun "This nightclub is really going off!"
Good on ya!: Nicely done!
Greenie: Hippie, environmentalist.
Holy Dooley!: Same as "Holy Cow", an expression of surprise.
Hotel: A pub.
Hottie: A hot water bottle.
Jackaroo/Jillaroo: A station manager or hand (Jackaroo refers to male, Jillaroo to female)
Jug: electric kettle. (Also 1.14L of beer.)
Kelpie: An Aussie Sheepdog. Initially bred from a Scottish collie.
knock back: Reject (n.), rejection (v.)
Lair it up: To behave badly.
Longneck, also Tallie: 750mL bottle of beer.
Lucky Country, The: Australia!
Mate: Buddy, friend.
Mate's rate: A discounted rate for a friend.
Mickey Mouse: Very good! (in some parts though it means inconsequential)
Moolah: Cash, dough.
Nipper: A young surf lifesaver.
No Worries/ No Drama: Forget about it. It's okay.
No-Hoper: Someone who's hopeless, will never do anything right.
Ocker: a crude or unsophisticated person.
Outback: Australia's interior.
Pint: 20 ounces/570mL of beer.
Plate, bring a: Bring your own food.
Porky: misstatement, falsehood.
Prezzy: A present.
Ripper: The Best! "That ride was ripper! Can we do it again?"
Rock up: Arrive.
Root: A polite way to say a not nice word.
She'll be right: It'll be alright.
Sheila: any woman (not just one named Sheila)
Shark biscuit: An inexperienced surfer.
Shonky: Of questionable morality, shady. "This place is shonky. I don't think we should be here."
Skite: Boast, brag.
Station: A big farm or grazing property.
Tall Poppies: Successful people.
Too Right!: Absolutely!
Two Up: Gambling Game -- you spin two coins at the same time.
Ugg Boots: Sheepskin boots worn by surfers. Known for being ugly.
Unit: Apartment, Flat.
Waggin' School: Truant.
Whacker: A jerk, someone you've had just about enough of.
Wobbly: Testy, easy to set off.
Woop Woop: Some small town of no significance.
Yabber: Talk (a lot)
Yewy: A U-turn in traffic.