Australian Slang . By: Becka O’Neil. Background Information . Australian slang is a pretty unique dialect that doesn’t differ too much across the country Some words have been adopted in other locations I’ve noticed that Australian and English slang has quite a few similarities.
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Australian Slang By: Becka O’Neil
Background Information • Australian slang is a pretty unique dialect that doesn’t differ too much across the country • Some words have been adopted in other locations • I’ve noticed that Australian and English slang has quite a few similarities. • You can usually guess what a word means by context and tone of voice
Things to know about Australian slang…….. • Swearing is common • There are a lot of insults • To Americans, the words and phrases sound pretty funny • Australians love abbreviations
My personal favorites • Technicolor yawn means vomit • Grundiesare underwear • ‘Noah’s is a term for sharks. • Wheelie bins are trash cans • Bloody oath! Is an expression that means Something is certainly true • Furphy means rumor • Sparrow’s fart means dawn.
Stereotypes about how Australians talk. • Aussies do not put shrimp on the barbie • They don’t call all women sheilas • Not all male nicknames end in O • G’Day isn’t a popular phrase anymore. • Thongs are flip-flops there. Not what most Americans think of.
Word pronunciations • Aluminum is aluminium al-um-ini-um • Oregano is pronounced ore-egg-an-o • Day sounds like die • Train is pronounced trine
A word from A to G • A- Ace! Very good. • B- Bodgy. Poor character, • C- Cark it. To die, stop working • D- Dinkum. True genuine. Often paired with fair. • E- Exty. Exspensive • F- Fruit Loop. Fool. • G- good oil. Useful information
A word from H to M • H- Hottie. Hot water bottle • I-It's gone walkabout! It’s lost. • J- Jumback. Sheep • K- Kangaroos loose in the top paddock. Intellectually inadequate • L- Larrikin. Harmless prankster • M- Mexican. A person from the south of Queensland or New South Wales border
A word from N to T • N- Nut out. An agreement • O- Ocker. An unsophisticated person • P- Pig’s arse! I don’t agree • Q- Quid; make a: earning a living. • R- Ropeable. Very angry • S-Spunk. A good looking person • T- Tall Poppies, Successful person
A word from U to Z • U- Up oneself. To have a high opinion of oneself • V- Vejjo, vegetarian • W- whacker. An idiot • X- • Y- Yobbo. An awkward, clumsy, bad mannered or ungraceful person. • Z- Zack. sixpence (five cents)