These are the Aussie (or at least non-American) words or sayings that have come up in my everyday conversation and have caused puzzlement to the Seppos (see below). These are my own translations but many thanks to my American colleagues Kurt, Joe, FM and Russ for assistance in decoding them. These guys are really getting the hang of the lingo! Thanks also to Jenna who has supplied me with some Queensland terms for the list.
Click on the list below to go directly to a letter.
Bevvy = drink
"Bob's your uncle" = "There you go"
Bonnet (of a car) = hood
Boot (of a car) = trunk
'Chuck a U-ee' = to make a U-turn
Cock-up = screw up, accident
Crackin' a fruity = same as spitting the dummy
Cracking on to = Hitting on
Engaged = busy (as in the phone)
Esky = drink cooler
Fair Dinkum = real, eg 'Are you fair dinkum?' = 'Are you for real?'
Footy Club = Australian Rules Football team
Holiday = vacation
Lolly = candy (in Britain = sweet)
Manky = dirty, smelly, yucky
Mozzies = mosquitos
Mum = Mom
Narky = bent out of shape, annoyed
Noddy = childish, basic
No Wuckers = No worries (short for "No wuckin' furries" - think about it)
Nuddy = in the nude
Pash = kiss passionately (British version of snog)
Piss up = drinking, boozing session.
eg the ultimate insult to someone's
Pissing down = raining very heavily (i.e. "cats and dogs")
Port = a suitcase (QLD, NSW); an after dinner drink; a rather horrid footy team ;-)
Ridgey Didge = real thing, genuine article, the 'real McCoy'
Root = sexual intercourse
Rubber = eraser
Rubbish bin = trash can
Sacked = fired (i.e. from a job)
Seppos = Americans (rhyming slang
Yanks = Septic Tanks and then
Shout = buy a round, 'spot ya' a drink e.g. "Its your shout".
'Spit the dummy' = throw a hissy fit, 'have a cow'
Texta = magic marker
Tinnies = cans of beer
Wally = fool, idiot but in a nice way (eg Silly Billy)
Wanker = a far more derogatory version of Wally.
Zed = Zee
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