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Aussie lingo


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Barbie

Barbeque (BBQ)

Beaut

Very good

BYO

Bring your own drink to a party/restaurant

Crook

or

I’m crook



A criminal

or


I’m sick

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum?

The truth

or as a question

‘Is it really true?’


No probs

No problems

She’ll be right

Don't worry

Snag

Sausage cooked at a BBQ

Colourful phrases
There are hundreds of Australian phrases to confuse newcomers. Here are a few.


  • I’m flat out (very busy).

  • Rattle your dags (trousers) (get a move on).

  • They’re as scarce as hen’s teeth (very rare).

  • Don’t act the goat (be foolish).

  • Don’t get you knickers in a knot (get agitated/upset).

  • Better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick (better than nothing).

  • It’s as clear as mud (not clear).

  • Don’t give yourself tickets (don’t be big-headed).

  • As slow as a wet week (very slow).

  • Hold onto your horses (wait a sec/second).

  • Rough as guts (not good/not well/very rough).

  • Bonza mate (great).


Common Aussie expressions



If you are new to the land down under (Australia), the way some Aussies (Australians) speak may be a challenge, especially if they speak Strine (Australian) with a broad Ocker (truly Australian) accent.
Here are some tips to help you cope with the lingo (language) that dinky di (real) Aussies and sandgropers (West Australians speak.
Aussies like to be relaxed and laid-back. There are plenty of beaut things about living in Australia. In fact, most of us wouldn’t be dead for dollars.
If it gets red hot (very hot) during the day, why not head down to the beach, veg out (relax) and eat some tucker (food) with your
mates (friends). Make sure you wear a hat and sunscreen though. You might even catch a wave if you’re lucky.

In Summer, in the afternoon, the Freo


Doctor
(sea breeze) usually comes in and cools us down.

Baddie

Bad person

Boardies

Board shorts

Chrissie

Christmas

Comfy

Comfortable

Druggie

Drug addict

Footie

Football

Freebie

Something free

Goodie-goodie

Overly good person

Grotty

Dirty

Iffy

Questionable

Lackie

Elastic band

Loo

Toilet

Mosie

Mosquito

Oldie

Old person

Pressie

Gift

Rellies

Relatives

Shonky

Fraudulent

Sickie

Day off sick from work

Sunnies

Sunglasses

Telly

Television

Truckie

Truck driver

U-ie

U-turn in a vehicle

Aggro

Aggressive

Arvo

Afternoon

Bottle-o

Bottle shop

Demo

Demonstration

Freo

Fremantle

Gastro

Gastroenteritis

Hypo

Hyperactive

Info

Information

Intro

Introduction

Rego

Vehicle registration

Sicko

Disturbed/sick person

Thingo

Person whose name you can’t remember

Weirdo

Weird person

Yobbo

Rough person

Students cooking snags at a barbie (BBQ)

They often end words with ‘ie’ or ‘y’ or with ‘o’. See below for some examples.

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