If you were a native of Australia, these words might just be a piece of cake for you to understand. But let’s say you’re an immigrant or a tourist, you might double check the Australian language. Sure they can communicate in English very effectively, but if they used some slang terms that you haven’t heard before during a conversation then you will be lost.
And because we are generous and wants to show how awesome Australia slang terms is, we will give you a quick rundown of TOP 20 Australian Slang terms.
The term for Aussie slang and pronunciation is strine, and it is often characterized by making words as short as possible; the story goes it developed by speaking through clenched teeth to avoid blowies (blow flies) from getting into the mouth. So if you plan to visit the world’s smallest continent, this list of some of the most commonly used slang expressions is for you.
1. Arvo: afternoon
2. Barbie: barbeque
3. Bogan: redneck, an uncultured person.
4. Bottle-O: bottle shop, liquor store
5. Chockers: very full
6. Esky: cooler, insulated food and drink container
7. Fair Dinkum: true, real, genuine
8. Grommet: young surfer
9. Mozzie: mosquito
10. Pash: a long passionate kiss. A pash rash is red irritated skin as the result of a heavy make-out session with someone with a beard.
11. Ripper: really great
12. Roo: kangaroo. A baby roo, still in the pouch, is known as a Joey
13. Root: sexual intercourse. This one can get really get foreigners in trouble. There are numerous stories about Americans coming to Australia telling people how they love to “root for their team.” If you come to Australia, you would want to use the word “barrack” instead. On the same note, a “wombat” is someone who eats roots and leaves.
14. Servo: gas station. In Australia, a gas station is called a petrol station. If you ask for gas, don’t be surprised if someone farts.
15. She’ll be right: everything will be all right
16. Sickie: sick day. If you take a day off work when you are not actually sick it’s called chucking a sickie.
17. Slab: 24-pack of beer
18. Sook: to sulk. If someone calls you a sook, it is because they think you are whinging
19. Stubbie holder: koozie or cooler. A stubbie holder is a polystyrene insulated holder for a stubbie, which is a 375ml bottle of beer.
20. Sweet as: sweet, awesome. Aussies will often put ‘as’ at the end of adjectives to give it emphasis. Other examples include lazy as, lovely as, fast as and common as.