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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.

A l B l C l D l E l F l G l H l I l J l K l L l M l N l O l P l Q l R l S l T l U l V l W l X l Y l Z l

A

 

B

Bathers = swimming costume (SA). See also cossie (QLD); togs (Vic); swimmers

Bevvy = drink

Blind = very drunk. See also Pissed.

"Bob's your uncle" = "There you go"

Bonnet (of a car) = hood

Boot (of a car) = trunk

 

C

'Chuck a U-ee' = to make a U-turn

Cock-up = screw up, accident

Cossie = swimming costume (QLD). See also bathers (SA); togs (Vic)

Crackin' a fruity = same as spitting the dummy

Cracking on to = Hitting on

 

D

'Do' = social function. See also show.
Dodgey = suspect, unreliable, underhanded. See also shonky.

 

E

Echoes = small bottles of beer. See also Stubbies

Engaged = busy (as in the phone)

Esky = drink cooler

 

F

Fair Dinkum = real, eg 'Are you fair dinkum?' = 'Are you for real?'

Footy Club = Australian Rules Football team

 

G

Grizzle = complain, whine. See also Whinge

 

H

Holiday = vacation

 

I

 

J

 

K

 

L

Lolly = candy (in Britain = sweet)

 

M

Manky = dirty, smelly, yucky

Mongrel = dirty rat; low down skunk. Also "getting mongrel" means drunk. See also pissed, blind.

Mozzies = mosquitos

Mum = Mom

N

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

 

O

 

P

Pash = kiss passionately (British version of snog)

Piss up = drinking, boozing session. eg the ultimate insult to someone's
      organisational skills - "He couldn't organise a piss up in a Brewery"

Pissed (as a fart/newt) = drunk (as a skunk). See also Blind

Pissing down = raining very heavily (i.e. "cats and dogs")

Port = a suitcase (QLD, NSW); an after dinner drink; a rather horrid footy team ;-)

Q

 

R

Ridgey Didge = real thing, genuine article, the 'real McCoy'

Root = sexual intercourse

Rubber = eraser

Rubbish bin = trash can

 

S

Sacked = fired (i.e. from a job)

Seppos = Americans (rhyming slang Yanks = Septic Tanks and then
abbreviated) Does NOT mean we think you stink!

Shonky = suspect, unreliable, underhanded. See also Dodgey.

Shout  = buy a round, 'spot ya' a drink e.g. "Its your shout".

Show = social function see also 'Do'

'Spit the dummy' = throw a hissy fit, 'have a cow'

Stubbies = small bottles of beer. See also Echoes.

Swimmers = swimsuit. See also bathers (SA) cossie (QLD); tog (Vic).

T

Texta = magic marker

Togs = swimming costume (Vic). See also See also bathers (SA); cossie (QLD)

Tinnies = cans of beer

 

U

 

V

W

Wally = fool, idiot but in a nice way (eg Silly Billy)

Wanker = a far more derogatory version of Wally.

Whinge = whine (as in 'Whinging Poms'). See also Grizzle

 

X

 

Y

 

Z

Zed = Zee

 

 

 

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