How to Talk "Aussie": Dictionary of Australian Slang, Strine and Colloquialisms (A,B,C)

Talking Aussie

Australia is a country of diverse flora, fauna and landscapes. It also has it's own diverse take on the English language. In fact apart from our distinct accent Australia has become quite famous for it's slang, colloquialisms and strine.

G'day, mate..didya'avagoodweegend? which means "Good-day, my friend...did you have a good weekend?" is a common greeting in Australia.

Oh....the refinements of Australian English or "Strine" as it is known. Australians also tend to speak with a rising intonation which makes their sentences sound like questions. So, please don't think you are always being questioned !

The term "Strine" was coined in 1964 and is used to describe a broad Australian accent as well as the slang terms used. It derives from saying the word "Australian" through both closed teeth and the nose - a local accent that some claim arose from the need to keep the mouth ("trap") shut while speaking, against blow flies ("blowies").

Steve Irwin "The Crocodile Hunter"
Steve Irwin "The Crocodile Hunter" | Source

The naturalist and TV presenter Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter) was once referred to as the person who "talked Strine like no other contemporary personality"

The dictionary of Australian slang is very extensive so I have only included those terms beginning with the letters A, B and C in this hub. As well a this I have tried to focus on distinctly Australian terms, not those borrowed and imported from Britain (please forgive me if I happen to still include one or two....maybe any British readers may let me know). The decision to publish this hub is the result of a number of readers commenting and showing interest in my use of Australian terms/slang in my other articles.

If this hub proves popular it will just be the beginning of a series that in total will become "The Dictionary of Australian Slang, Strine, and Colloquialisms."

Warning! Some words and terms may offend some readers. I have tried to keep this list as tasteful as possible without detracting from our rich and unique language by censoring too heavily. Some words that may be considered vulgar or rude in other languages are used as terms of exclamation and surprise, or even endearment In Australia.

A a

Word or Term
Description or Meaning
Abbo, Abo
Aboriginal
Aerial pingpong
Australian Rules Football
Agro
Angry, aggressive
Amber fluid
Beer, ale
Ambo
Ambulance officer, Paramedic
Ants' pants
Fashionable, someone who has a high opinion of themselves
Apple Isle, The
Tasmania
Apples, She'll be
It'll be alright
Avagoyermug
Someone is not trying hard enough in their sport, and you want them to (this is yelled to give them a bit of a prompt)
Aboriginal man boiling a billy and cooking on a campfire
Aboriginal man boiling a billy and cooking on a campfire

B b

Word or Term
Description or Meaning
B & S
Batchelors' and Spinsters' Ball
Back of Bourke
A long way away
Banana-bender
Queenslander
Barbie
Barbeque, B.B.Q.
Barrack
To cheer on (eg.a football team)
Battler
Someone who works hard to just make a living
Bazza
Nickname for Barry
Beaut, beauty
Great, fantastic
Big Smoke
Big City (eg. Sydney or Melbourne)
Bikkie
Biscuit, cookie
Billabong
Water hole, place to drink
Billy
Teapot, metal container for boiling water
Billy lids
Kids
Bitser. bitzer
Mongrel dog
Bloke
A man, guy
Bloody
Very (eg. Bloody hard work/yakka)
Blow-in
Stranger in town, newcomer
Bludger
Lazy person
Blue
Fight (eg. He was having a blue with his missus/wife)
Blue, Bluey
Nickname for a red-headed person
Blue, make a
Make a mistake
Bodgy
Poor quaity
Bogan
A person who takes little pride in appearances, Redneck
Bonnet
Hood (of car)
Bonza
Great
Boob tube
a strapless, shapeless brassiere made of a stretch fabric
Boong
Aboriginal (derogatory term)
Boot
Trunk (of car)
Bottl-o, Bottle Shop
Liquor store
Bottling, His blood's worth
He's an excellent/helpful bloke
Brass razoo, He hasn't got a
He is very poor
Breaky/brekky
Breakfast
Brumby
Wild horse
Buckley's
No chance
Budgie Smugglers
Men's swimming attire, Speedos
Bugger! bugga!
An exclamation that something has gone completely wrong eg. "Bugger me! I thought I tied that trailer down securely."
Buggered! I'll be
"Well, I'll be buggered. I never saw that truck coming."
Bull dust
Bull shit. rubbish
Bush
Forest
Bushranger
Highwayman, Bandit
Bush Ranger Ned Kelly
Bush Ranger Ned Kelly | Source

C c

Word or Term
Description or Meaning
Cactus
Dead, not working, can't be repaired
Captain Cook
Look (Let's have a Captain Cook.)
Cark it
To die, cease functioning
Chook
Chicken, hen
Chemist
Pharmacy, pharmacist
Chewy
Chewing gum
Chippy
Carpenter
Chokka, chocker, chokka block
Full up (eg.with food "I'm chokka")
Chrissie
Christmas
Chuck a wobbly
Go beserk, throw a tantrum
Chunder, Chuck
Vomit
Click
Kilometre (It's 10 clicks away)
Clod hoppers
Your feet
Coat hanger, the
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Cobber
Friend, mate
Cockie
Farmer (eg. cow cockie), cockatoo, cockroach
Coldie, cold one
A beer
Come a cropper
Fall heavily
Cooee
Long distance call
Cooee, not within
A long way away
Cop it sweet
Take what's coming to you, without complaint or looking for revenge
Corroboree
Aboriginal dance festival
Coudn't be bothered
Don't want to do it/something
Cozzie
Swimming costume
Crack a fat
Get an erection
Crack onto
Hit on someone romantically
Cranky
In a bad mood, angry
Cream, to
Defeat easily, by a wide margin
Crikey!
My God! I'll be damned!
Chemist Warehouse, Australia
Chemist Warehouse, Australia | Source
Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra

What is Slang?

Slang can be seen as a demonstration of how experience shapes language and also how language shapes identity.

Australia's every day language is rich with slang that reflects experiences from the country's history. From borrowings of Aboriginal language words, through convict sources, the gold rushes and bush ranging to the First World War, words have emerged to describe essential aspects of the Australian character and identity.

Australian slang utilises humour, wit, rhymes, the bizarre of the bush and the beach, the familiar and the personal to realise terms that could describe experiences that were often new or transforming. For example, 'having a bash' at something is similar to 'giving it a burl', and both phrases reflect a history of Australian improvisation and hard work.

© 2015 John Hansen

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Kristen Howe 16 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great hub John. This is a useful and awesome hub at the same time. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for being the very first to read and comment on this hub Kristen. I was hoping the readers would find this useful, so glad you did.


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WillStarr 16 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Local slang is often bewildering to other countries who share the common language. I do indeed want to see the rest of this in new installments!

Great Hub, and I learned something!


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whonunuwho 16 months ago from United States

Nice work my friend. Enjoyed it immensely. whonu


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Will, glad you learnt something from this. Believe me, there is a lot to come and I am quite certain I will continue this series as you suggest.


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mckbirdbks 16 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Very interesting and colorful. Each culture has adopted many on their own unique English usage.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi whonu, so glad you enjoyed this hub. Hopefully it will become a series.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Mike. I find it interesting to compare the differences in our use of the same language in various countries, so I thought others may be interested in "Aussie".


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Phyllis Doyle 16 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

How delightful, Jodah, to learn about Aussie slang and accent - I love it. I remember when I was young and at my first full-time job - there was a computer tech who was a true Aussie. Every time he came to our department us girls would flirt with him because we loved his accent and slang.

I had fun reading this hub and learning. Thank you! Voted Up, U and I, and H+

Oh! I love Russel Crowe - thanks for sharing that video.


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jodah...Thank you so much! I have always been fascinated with all the various languages, accents, slang and their meanings & origins. It's intriguing to me to learn and comprehend the many differences and variations of how we humans communicate with one another.

I love this hub and I certainly hope the response encourages you to continue on through the alphabet! Russell Crowe.......sigh.....he's a heart throb of mine who doesn't have to say a word!.....enjoyed the video.

Thanks again, Jodah for sharing with your readers, some very interesting information about your gorgeous Country!...UP+++shared, pinned & tweeted...Peace, Paula


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bravewarrior 16 months ago from Central Florida

John, this is such a treat. I only know Aussie slang from watching Crocodile Dundee movies. Pretty lame, huh? I think we Americans can only determine Aussie from British by the inflections (at least that's true for me). Until you brought it up, I didn't realize that speaking every sentence to sound like a question is the determining factor. Kinda like America's Valley Girl lingo. Ha ha!

I know we're a long way from the end of the alphabet, but can you please tell me what a vegamite sandwich is (Men at Work, "Down Under")?


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Noah Clayton 16 months ago

This is fantastic!!! I have a friend from New Zealand that goes to Taylor University who I've heard use some of this slang. Are New Zealand and Australia similar when it comes to culture?


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Mel Carriere 16 months ago from San Diego California

Crikey! I first heard the term "No worries" when I visited Australia in the late 1980s and I thought it sounded very charming rolling off the tongue of the Aussies who used it to say "You're welcome." Now in the wave of Crocodile Dundeeism and Steve Irwinism we bloody Yanks have absconded with the term and I cringe when I hear it being used locally. I refuse to use the expression myself, because it seems to belong to you good folks down under. Great hub.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Phyllis, we Aussies guys just have to open our mouths and have the American woman swooning. Now, if I had Russel Crowe's amazing diction I'd be happy. My pleasure to share this and glad you enjoyed. Thanks for the vote up.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Paula good to see you. The difference in the way different countries use the same language has always interested me too. Glad you found this hub interesting (and Russel Crowe) and from the early responses It appears that the series will continue. Thanks for reading, sharing, pinning and tweeting. Peace back.


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rebeccamealey 16 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I just love the artwork of your lead-in photo. Alborgnine art is fascinating. I sure hope to come visit Australia someday. Thanks for another fascinating article.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Shauna, I think Crocodile Dundee and Paul Hogan introduced Aussie slang to the rest of the world and that must be 30 years ago by now. We did borrow a lot of sayings from the British and in the early days of our radio and TV days our newsreaders etc imitated an upper crust British Accent. Things have changed and we began to embrace our own differences. "Vegemite sandwich"..if you have never tried one, you need to. But get an Aussie to show you how to eat it or you will hate it and never want to eat another. It is one of my favourite foods..well not exactly as a sand which spread between two slices of bread, but on toast for breakfast. Vegemite is a yeast extract, it has a strong salty flavour and needs to be eaten on bread or toast with a generous spread of butter..not margarine! With Vegemite, the trick is "less is more" so you need to spread it very thinly otherwise it will taste too strong. It is one of the highest food sources of B group vitamins. Australians are introduced to it as babies and we grow up loving it as much as Americans love peanut butter. I don't know how easy it is to find in the USA, although I know at one stage Olivia Newton John opened a store over there called "Aussie Blue" I think that sold it and other iconic Aussie goods. Thanks for reading this hub. Best wishes.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Noah, yes Australians and New Zealanders are very similar in culture, probably because our countries are so physically close. We use a lot of the same slang although our accents differ quite a bit. We are also great, but friendly rivals and even tend to adopt each other's celebrities as our own eg. Russel Crowe was born in New Zealand but we claim him as Australian. Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Me. "No worries" is probably the phrase I use the most out of all these. Nowadays it annoys me when young Australians use a lot of Americanisms because of watching so many U.S. Television shows, movies etc. I guess it's only natural you guys borrowed a couple of ours. Glad you found this interesting.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Rebecca, thanks for reading. I am glad you loved the Aboriginal art...it is fascinating. I also hope you do get to visit us down under one day. Cheers.


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Marie Flint 16 months ago from Jacksonville, FL

I love the artwork of the lead photo.

I enjoy the Aussie twang but am poorly versed on slang. In perusing the list, I found many enjoyable interpretations. It must have taken you a good deal of time to put this hub together, John, and truly appreciate your effort. Although I may never make to Australia in this lifetime, I have thought more than once about going there just to speak Aussie. Whether I actually developed a working knowledge of slang would be something to be determined.

Thank you for sharing! Voted Interesting.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good to see you visiting my hub Marie. Australian Aboriginal art is truly unique and it seemed very appropriate to use it as a lead photo in a hub such as this. Our "Australian" English is a mish mash of many different influences but over the years we developed our own take on words and phrases adapting them to suit our circumstances. You would find when visiting Australia (hope you do manage to have the opportunity) that depending on the location you found yourself, the more or less use of these colloquialisms. Generally they are more widely used in the outback and less affected country areas of the continent than in the cities where the people are more strongly influenced by the arts and elite cultures of Britain, Europe and America.


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Ericdierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

While the eyes may be the gateway to the soul of men. It is the language that is the gateway to the soul of a nation. Great work here my man. I loved it and hope to see the whole alphabet.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Eric, those are true words regarding language. Hopefully I succeed in covering the whole alphabet with this series. It will take awhile but is an interesting project. Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Eric, those are true words regarding language. Hopefully I succeed in covering the whole alphabet with this series. It will take awhile but is an interesting project. Thanks for reading.


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cam8510 16 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Awesome hub, Jodah. Educating us on the wealth of the Australian language was a brilliant idea. I'll take this right over to my facebook page for freelance writers. https://www.facebook.com/cam8510?ref=hl


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Chris, I hoped that fellow hubbers like yourself would find this of interet. Thanks for the comment and for sharing on your Facebook page.


Ghaelach 16 months ago

Morning John.

A great read mate.

Coming from the north west of England where they have their very own slang/dialect I can understand much of your slang, as well as using it. After living here in Germany for the last 25 years I don't hear it or even get the chance to speak it, as the folks here would think I'd gone crazy.

Loved the Waltzing Matilda version and can say I even watch Outback Truckers on the German Tele. Unfortuately it's dubbed over so you don't get the full impact of the Ossy slang.

Hope all is well down under and the winter isn't hitting you to hard yet.

Ghaelach......................aka Jimmy


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jimmy, good to hear from you as I haven't seen you arounf Hub Pages recently. So glad you enjoyed this and are familiar with ome of the slang I mention. Pity you don't get to use it in Germany. Gad you iked 'the Band Played Walzing Matilda" too. Winter ha only just begun here...the fire is on today for the first time. Take care.


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billybuc 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

If I died and came back another nationality, I would want it to be Australian. You guys just talk cool. :)


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Bill, I guess you could do worse. I agree our strine certainly has character to it. Thanks for reading, have a great week.


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Larry Rankin 16 months ago from Oklahoma

I was familiar with some of these, but I learned a lot of new ones.

Great fun!


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Carb Diva 16 months ago

Jodah - This was so much fun! Years ago I accompanied my daughters on a tour of England. Our guide (a local) kept an American/English dictionary in his back pocket. Although all of the people in the group were speaking 'English', it was hard to believe at times that we were conversing in the same mother tongue.

There is a store not far from where I live that sells Vegemite. (Curtis Stone has mentioned it). I'm wondering--is it anythine like miso paste? I might give it a try.

I do hope that you continue this series--A, B, and C are just the tip of the iceberg. Thank you for an enjoyable hub.


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Twilight Lawns 16 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Bonza Cobber.

Being a Sandgroper, so obviously a better class of Aussie, I speak a more acceptable type of Strine.

I was taught proper and also done my research when I read ‘Let stalk strine by Afferbeck Lauder’.


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MizBejabbers 16 months ago from Arkansas

Yes, John, all you Aussie males have to do is open your mouths and you have us American women swooning. What fun! I think the few slang terms we have in common probably come from our mother country, but yours seems to be as influenced by the Aboriginal Australians as ours do from our African-American culture. Purists say that people use slang because their vocabulary is limited, I say "BS"! People use slang when they get tired of stilted proper vocabulary.

Do you think it may be possible that in the future, your tongue, our tongue and the British English will be as completely foreign to each other as French or Chinese? Voted you up++


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alancaster149 16 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

Jodah, bonzer stuff. Crack a tube of the amber nectar, sport, treat yerself!

Russell Crowe's a Kiwi isn't he, like Sam Neill (except Sam Neill was born in Ulster)?

Everybody's favourite Aussie is Paul Hogan, of 'Crocodile Dundee' fame. I don't know if you'se down under know it, he advertised Foster's Lager up here using one-liners in a sort of Strine (I always thought it was a 'Strain' of English).

We've had different doses of Strine here, what with Bryan Brown in 'A Town Like Alice' and Mel Gibson with 'Gallipoli' aside from Paul Hogan vamping it up with Linda Koslovsky and the Central American Mob in the Outback in 'CD-II' amongst others.

Course, you know Strine was a form of English spoken in London and the Southeast at the time of the first transportations? It's not like Rhyming Slang, it preceded that. And then there were the others from other parts of the UK including Ireland, like the Kelly clan. Drop it in the pot, stir it a bit and you've got Strine.

Posh folk didn't talk like it, though, and there were enough of them that went with the transports to keep watch on them.


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Anne Harrison 16 months ago from Australia

Hi Jodah,

I thought many of our colloquialisms were a thing of a past and used manly as affectations, but reading through your list I didn't realise how much slang I use every day! Also, how much our slang evolves with time - for example, I would refer to a red-head as Blue or Bluey, whereas my kids use the term Rangger/Wranger (who knows how it's spelt!)

Hope you do a hub on our rhyming slang

Anne


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South

So interesting John! Thank you.

Your language is my very favorite in the world! I go watch old Bee Gee tapes where they talk just for the fun of hearing the language and I could never ever tire of it. Maybe why theirs has always been my favorite music too but I don't think I have ever heard any of the rest of you quite shake your notes around so much! lol

Much fun, thanks again!


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Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

G'day, mate John,

did 'avagoodweegend, thank you! LOL, I know I did not get that right.

Oh, what an interesting and delightful hub. I have always been fascinated with your beautiful country and secretly wished to move there and love the accents or language.

I can't wait for the rest of the alphabet. This is a perfect hub for you to share with the world.

I had a few days off last week and spent a lot of time with the grands and there was a lot of joy but a few chuck a wobblies ... LOL but all good.

We say have a cold one here too and I have said no worries too, and now that I think of it, I may have gotten it from watching those movies. So, it will be back to the Big Smoke for me tomorrow : )

I hope to visit Australia one day in my life. The people seem to be so laid back and fun. You should do a video with your voice : ) ...that would be cool. I didn't realize these terms were slang, so I learned something.

Up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing Oh, love the art too.

Blessings always


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Larry, glad a few of these were new to you. Glad you found this a fun read.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Carb Diva, thanks for the great comment. Sometimes it is hard to believe we are speaking the same language. Hmm...Vegemite and miso paste I guess are slightly similar in that you can use both to flavour soups etc. though I can't imagine using miso as a spread on bread. It is hard to explain the taste, you really need to try it. It does seem to be an acquired taste that most Aussies have grown up with from childhood. There certainly are a lot of words and sayings still to come.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Twilight....more acceptable strine over there, really? As a Bananabender (I should have included that in the "b's") Stone the crowsI, I beg to differ :)


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi MizB. Aw thank you..try not to swoon too much. Yes quite a few of our words and place names are influenced by Aboriginal Australian words. I agree with you that the reason we use slang is to actually make speech less stilted and flow more easily. I don't know if our different dialects of the same language will become even more different, or actually more similar in time. The sharing of our TV programs, movies etc may encourage the latter.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Anne, thanks for reading. I never realised how much I use either until I started writing this. I will have to include "Blue and bluey" for redhead.Today "ranger" or "ginger" seems to be the most common term. I will try to incorporate more rhyming slang into this series.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the kind comment Jackie. I don't think too many of us can hit those high notes of Barry Gibb or shake them around so much. The Bee Gees actually went to the same school as me when they first moved to Australia. Glad you like our language.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Faith, you bonza sheila. Yeah I did avagoodweegend. Hope yours was a bottler too.i hope you get to visit our country one day too. My voice...hmm...I'm no Russel Crowe :) We will have to see about that. Thanks for the vote up, share, tweet, G+


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Dolores Monet 16 months ago from East Coast, United States

I enjoyed reading your hub on the rich and colorful slang of Australia. One time, I picked up an Australian novel at my local library. The plot sounded interesting, and I had heard of the author, who I can not now recall. I stumbled through several pages but was totally lost. The write used so much Australian slang, I did not know what he was talking about! (voted up and shared)


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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York

Who doesn't like listening to Russel Crowe? Oh, your hub. It was fun to read and I did see a word or two my Irish friends used like "boot". Just FYI they say "crack" for a good time.

It is so interesting to see how the English language is bent to suit the country. Of course it makes sense, why would you adopt Brooklynese?

Hope you continue the alphabet.

Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed this Dolores. Your experience is probably the reason many more Australian authors don't make it bigger internationally. Unless they are willing to write specifically for the American or European market and change their use of language it is difficult to be successful. Bryce Courtney and Matthew Reilly are two who managed to. Thanks for the vote up and share.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

hi Mary, thanks for reading this hub.We don have quite a few common slang words with the Irish and English. I tried to avoid including those I knew were the same but there will obviously be some that I wasn't aware of. Thanks for the info on "crack."Each of our countries have adapted the English language to suit their own circumstances. USA for instance dropped the use of the letter "u" from a lot of words such as "colour", "neighbour", "harbour" etc. Thanks for the vote up.


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MizBejabbers 16 months ago from Arkansas

John, I have to point out two of my all-time favorite authors are Australian, Jennifer Fallon and the late Sara Douglass who died in 2011 of ovarian cancer at age 54. I think they are two of the greatest fantasy writers on earth! In this particular genre, I don't think it matters where you are from. You must have a vivid imagination and their books reflect that along with great writing ability. However, I must say that I have a particular fondness for Australian writers and stories about Australia.


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prettynutjob30 16 months ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

Love this hub, voted up shared and more. I will have to keep some of these words in mind, when talking to my Aussie friends. Although I have to admit being from TN, we have quite a few slang words ourselves, or at least words that sound like slang, when we say them.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi again MizB. Thank you for pointing those authors out. I have heard of both but never read any of their books, which is strange because I am a fan of fantasy. I have to rectify that.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean

Jodah, I'm interested in language and all forms of it. Thanks for sharing some Aussie with us. "Bluey" for red-head is a winner.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Prettynutjob30, thank you for reading this hub, your kind comment, vote up, share and follow. Much appreciated. Yes, please test these out on your Aussie friends....I'm sure they'll be familiar with most. I'd love to hear some of the slang words from the land of chocolate chips and all other things sweet :)


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you found this interesting MsDora. Yes, one of the strange aspects of the Aussie version of English is our tendency to use an opposite word to describe something such as "bluey" for redhead. We also may call a tall person "shorty" or someone with black hair "snow"..., straight hair "curly"..weird I know.


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Dana Tate 16 months ago from LOS ANGELES

I'm always interested to learn about new cultures. Thank you for sharing this with us.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good to see you Dana, I agree learning about other cultures is interesting and I felt I had to do my bit to share a little more about my country here on Hub Pages. Glad you found this helpful.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida

Crikey, what fun this is, Jodah, to learn these strine phrases. Soon, thanks to you, I'll be able to say I have learned to speak Australian.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha drbj, just another 20 or so hubs to go..(I'll try to do it in less) and with a little practice along the way you will be a fluent Aussie speaker. Glad you found this a fun read.


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prettynutjob30 16 months ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

A couple of our lovely words are Tarrr, for tire, you have to hold the R for a quick minute, lol. Also take off the first two letters, and add an er, to the end of words like, tomato, potato, and banana, so they end up being, mater, tater, and naner. The Southern language can be quite difficult to understand sometimes, lol.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for that prettynutjob30. We sometimes say mater, tater and nana when we are talking offering those foods to little kids but probably without the drawn out err at the end...more like mata, tata and nana. I have heard the Southern US accent on tv shows and agree it may be a little difficult to understand at times, but it does have an appeal to it.


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Billrrrr 16 months ago from Cape Cod

Hello John. Thanks for this primer in Aussie. When (if) I grow up, I intend to visit your wonderful land, though at 71 I still have quite a while to go before I am fully developed.

I LOVED reading these words that are new and exciting to me. Two of them especially resonated.

1. Blow in - a newcomer. I will translate that into the language of Cape Cod. We call such a person, 'a washashore'.

2. Bluey - a red headed person. We don't have a similar term on Cape Cod; but we do call people with blue hair, "Red". (Just kidding)

Thanks for being a brilliant lighthouse on the stormy seas of Hubpages.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank for the visit and great comment Bill. Glad I could introduce you to a couple of new terms. "A washashore" is a very appropriate one for your part of the world. Hey, I guess we'd call blue haired people "red" too. I am trying my best to keep the light burning/lit. Hope to catch up with you when you ever get to visit. I may be grown up by then too.


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FatBoyThin 16 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

Cheers cobber, there's noting worse than turning up somewhere and not being able to speak to the lingo. If I ever get to Australia, I won't feel like a bushie blow-in, mate. Bonza Hub.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Colin, you'll have no trouble fitting in. You already have the lingo down pat. Avagoodweegend.


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EsJam 16 months ago from Southern California

Wow, awesome work on your hub. It was so intetesting! I can refer to this if I use an Austrian character in my stories. I also read your 2nd part! Great videos and photos..


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you or reading these Essie, glad these slang terms may be o some help to you in future writing.


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annart 16 months ago from SW England

G'day mate! I love the Ozzie accent and all the words you use. My partner spent several years there and in New Zealand so I know quite a few already!

I'm also an Ozziephile, if such a word exists.

There are a few here which are regular British phrases: bonnet and boot, bloke, bloody, chemist, clod hoppers, come a cropper (got into trouble or fell) and crikey. My partner often says, 'G'day, ya great goanna, howaya!' Whether that's just him (probably of old) or whether it exists is another matter!

This is great fun. Slang is a subsidiary of any language and is in itself interesting. In fact, probably more interesting because it's inventive and tells us much more about the people and customs of the country. We have many local words for each county of England too.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, John. Thanks for educating us and teaching us some 'Ozzie'.

Ann


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

G'day to you Ann, hope you've adaguddweegend. A lot of our slang has originated from British words and we do have quite a few similar sayings. I indented to try to weed most of the common ones out but decided to include "boot, bonnet and chemist etc" mainly for our U.S. readers. I should have realised that "come a cropper" and "clod hoppers" would have British origin too, just by the sound of them. Thanks for reading. This series should really appeal to an Ozziephile" like yourself.


obat paru paru 16 months ago

nice article, thanks for your information


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you obat


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annart 16 months ago from SW England

Yes, looking forward to reading the others, John. I'm way behind with my hub-reading at the moment!

Ann


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stricktlydating 16 months ago from Australia

Great work!


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Ann, I am having trouble keeping up with my reading too.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading stricktlydating, glad you enjoyed.


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Chriswillman90 16 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

Really great hub. I want to go to Australia one day and this is a very useful guide to "Aussie" speak. Voted up.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Chris, I hope this series will be a help when you do visit our country. Thanks for the voted up Mate.


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Aladdins Cave 16 months ago from Melbourne, Australia

Great work. I've also Tweeted this page, so I'm sure you will get some more

visitors

Cheers from Melbourne


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Aladdins Cave, I appreciate your kind comment and going to the trouble o tweeting this hub. Have a good one.


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lollyj lm 15 months ago from Washington KS

What a fun hub!! Loved it!!


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Lollyj, glad you enjoyed it.


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lawrence01 15 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Jodah

As the Kiwis say "Bloody awesome bro"

Loved it. Had a good chuckle!

I was interested to hear the Sydney habour bridge called "The coathanger"

Lawrence


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey lawrence, how'sitgoinbro? Thanks for reading and glad you got a laugh. I guess you Kiwis share a few of these terms as well. Yeah, the old "coathanger".


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lawrence01 15 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Jodah

We"ve got a few of yours and some of our own. We call the Auckland harbour bridge "The Nippon Clippon" as the outside of it literally does! And there's a reference to where the clippons were made!

I think it must be an Antipodean thing!

Lawrence


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aviannovice 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I love this, John. It's like pushing aside a curtain, and seeing Australia for what it is. This should be very well received, and I thank you.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Deb, I'm happy to share this little insight into Australia and our culture. Thanks or reading.


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Kylyssa 15 months ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Thank you for creating this fascinating look into Australian speech and culture.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Kylyssa. Glad you found it a fascinating read. Thanks for your answer to my question regarding it as well.


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Blackspaniel1 15 months ago

This may help me when I email people in Australia, which happens often enough.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Blackspaniel, and I'm glad this may prove useful to you.


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no body 15 months ago from Rochester, New York

Hi Jodah, I've always wanted to visit Australia but I know I'm not tough enough to stay long. I want to see the bush and meet some native local people. I know I would be too soft to see much in the way I would want to. I find the culture and the honesty that comes through the culture fascinating. Voted up and interesting. Bob.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for visiting this hub Bob. I'm sure all the tough persona, dangerous creatures, etc is exaggerated to an extent. I'm sure you'd handle a visit down under just fine. Thanks for the vote up.


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firstday 15 months ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Hello Jodah...I just thought about you and went over to your account and found this wonderful hub. Be sure and mention me when you publish something so I can share it in Tsu. I love this...sharing now. I gave you thumb up and everything else...


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Firstday, good to see you. I usually publish a hub or two every week. The only way I can notify you is if you are following me and have "notifications" enabled :) I am on Tsu as well but don't go there often. My name is Jodah there too. So glad you enjoyed this hub though and thank you for sharing.

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