No doubt when you travel around Australia you will come across some sayings or expressions that you have no idea of. Here is a list of a few that may just help you out!
Ace:! Excellent! Very Good!
Amber Fluid: Beer
Ambo: Ambulance or Ambulance Driver
Avos : Avocados
Bail somebody up: to corner somebody physically
Barbie: of course – a barbeque
Battler: Someone who works hard and only just makes enough to scrape by
Bathers: Swimming costume
Big Smoke: A big city, especially Sydney or Melbourne
Bikkie: A biscuit – or – if something costs big bikkies – it means it was expensive.
Billy: A teapot in general – but also people say I’ll just put the Billy on – means they’ll put the kettle on.
Bingle: Usually a motor vehicle accident
Bitza: A dog of non-descript breed – so quite literally it means a bit of this and a bit of that.
Bloke: A man or guy
Bloody Oath: Usually said with gusto and means that is definitely true!
Bludger: This one has a range of meanings such as a lazy person or somebody who always relies on other people to do things for them. More recently it includes things like a Dole Bludger – a person who relies on welfare and doesn’t try to get employment or to better themselves.
Bottle-o: Liquor shop
Budgie smuggles: men’s bathing costumes that are really just lycra stylised underpants.
Cark it: to die or to cease functioning.
Clacker: means backside. You might hear someone say he drove right up my Clacker!
Cockie: Can mean either cockroach or Cockatoo
Crow Eater: Somebody fromSouth Australia
Dag: A funny person or a nerd or someone who is really goofy
Digger: A soldier
Dill: An idiot
Dob: Usually said something like – he was dobbed in…. means to inform on someone.
Dogs Balls: Usually said something like – that stands out like dogs balls! Which means it is obvious.
Dunny: Used to mean outside loo, but really now we use it to mean just the toilet where ever it may be.
Earbashing: Nagging, non-stop chatter
Ekka: The Brisbane Exhibition which is an annual show in August
Fair Dinkium: Means true or genuine
Fair Suck of the Sav!!!: This is just an exclamation of wonder, awe or disbelief!
Feral: A hippie – usually more on the unclean side of things..
Fossick: Means to sear around for something or to rummage.
Give It A Burl: Try something or to give something a go
Going Off: Usually refers to a party or night spot that is really rocking.
Grundies: Underpants or underwear.
Icy Pole: Popsicle or Ice Treat
Joey: Baby Kangaroo
Jug: Electric Kettle
Knock: To criticise
Larrikin: a bloke who is always enjoying himself, a harmless prankster
Lob: To drop in and see someone.
Mate: Buddy or friend
Metho: Methylated spirits
No drama: Really this is the same as No Worries
No hoper: Somebody who will never do well
O.S: Means to travel overseas
Op Shop: An opportunity shop, thrift store or a place where second hand goods are sold.
Pash: A long and passionate kiss.
Piece of Piss: A very easy task
Pig’s arse: Means I don’t agree with you.
Plonk: Cheap wine
Quid: This one has a few meanings. A quid used to be slang for a pound. Now it is said in a couple of ways. Are you making a quid? Which means are you making any money? Or it can be said are you the full quid? This implies that you are of low IQ.
Rack Off!: Means push off or get our of here.
Rego: Vehicle registration.
Salute: Usually said as the great Aussie Salute which is to brush the fly’s away.
Sanger: A sandwich
Sheila: A woman
Snag: A sausage
Spewin’: Means pretty angry
Tee-up: Means to set up an appointment
Tinny: Can of beer or a small aluminium boat
Togs: Swim suit
Truckie: Truck Driver
Uggies or Ugg Boots: Australian sheepskin boots. Used to be worn by surfers but now a common item
Ute: Utility vehicle or a pickup truck
Vejjo: A vegetarian
Whinge: To complain
Wog; A flu or a trivial illness or it can be a description of somebody of Mediterranean origin.
Yabba: To talk a lot
Yabby: An inland freshwater crayfish