How to Talk "Aussie": Dictionary of More Australian Slang, Strine and Colloquialisms (D to I)
Welcome Back to Australia!
For those of you who read my first "How to Talk Aussie" hub .. welcome back! It's great to know you enjoyed or at least found the first one interesting enough to continue following the series. I have already had to add extra words to the A,B,Cs since I published that, and will continue to do so as I happen upon further slang words that I hadn't thought of originally.
To those readers who happened across this hub first, good to see you. This is the second in a series, however, and you may like to also read: How to Talk "Aussie": Dictionary of Australian Slang, Strine, and Colloquialisms (A,B,C)
In my search for more Aussie slang I soon found that a significant number of commonly used terms and colloquialisms could be considered by some to be crude or vulgar. This was somewhat of a dilemma for me, whether to include or not. I decided to post a query in 'Question and Answers' and see what responses I got. if you take a moment to read the responses at that link, you'll see that they are all supportive of including all common terms/words, crude or not. This extract from a reply by Kylyssa is a good example:
"I think it's important you include them. If you leave them out, it would feel like a cheat. Then again, I have a very deep and abiding affection for words. I also find the swear words of different cultures fascinating.
What people consider vulgar says interesting things about their history and culture, even sometimes their politics..."
As a result of these positive responses I have decided to publish this series "uncensored." If any readers are offended by any terms I apologise now, but as a number of responders stated, "you can't please everyone." Anyway, I'm sure if anything is too offensive the HP editors will soon let me know. I hope you enjoy "D to I" of the Aussie Slang Dictionary, but before we begin, and to get you in the mood, please sit back and enjoy this video "Australiana."
Equivocations and Puns in the Video and Text Above
Here is the list (in order) of the place names, flora and fauna, and Aussie icons hidden in the above Austraiana video and text.
- Ayers Rock
- Alice Springs
- Gum leaves
- Bass Strait
- Mt. Kosciuszko
- Eureka Stockade
- Mount Isa
- Lake Eyre
- Great Barrier Reef
- Blue Mountains
- Lord Howe Island
- Hayman Island
- Koala Bear
Australiana by Austen Tayshus
"My mate, Boomer, rang. Will Walla be there? Vegie might come. Let's go, Anna. Only if Din goes. Nulla bores me. Speak ill of Warra. Ayers rocks in. Alice springs into action. Thanks, Warra, ta. Has Eucum been in? Wait until Gum leaves. On the lawn, Ceston. Marie knows. Leave Jack around a party. Adel laid it on me. Do you wanna game of euchre, Lyptus? Can Wom bat? Can Tenta field? Dar wins every time. Is Bass straight? Swim in the River, Ina. I've got no cosi, Oscar. Without a thread, Bo. Perish the thought. No cooler bar maid. Where can Marsu pee, Al? You reek of Stockade. Cook a burra. A pair of queens land in. Crack on to Wumba. Try to mount Isa. Trying to plat her puss. Flash your wanger at her. What'll 'ey care? Seen a cock or two. Pack Bill a bong. Will a didgery do? Where's the Tally-ho, Bart? Great, Barry—a reefer. Blew Mountains away. Lord! How? Hey! Man! How much can a Koala bear? Lead you astray, Liana." (source: Wikipedia)
Alexander (Sandy) Gutman aka Austen Tayshus
comedian and author
Sydney humorist Alexander (‘Sandy’) Gutman was born on 17 March 1954 in New York and moved to Sydney at one year of age. He should have grown up to become a dentist, a career that would have pleased his mother and his father. Instead, he adopted an alter ego and became Australia’s most confronting stand-up comedian – Austen Tayshus.
In contrast to his alter ego, Sandy is a highly-cultured and observant son of Judaism, and at the age of 15 he participated in The International Bible Contest for Jewish Youth. He is a strict vegetarian who has beaten alcohol and drug abuse and is the father of two daughters.
Sandy's father was a Holocaust survivor. A childhood obsession with his father’s wartime experience profoundly affected young Sandy’s relationship with the world, forging a personality destined to wage war against authority, racism, and institutional dogma. This weapon is Austen Tayshus - Merchant of Menace. His comic range is extraordinary and his fans include international film stars, world famous artists and a former Australian prime minister. Austen Tayshus has been performing for three decades, around Australia and around the world.
His first single Australiana remains the biggest selling single in Australian recording history. He is a Tropfest winner, film school graduate, award winning recording artist and the most energetic and provocative satirist this country has ever seen.
In July 2010 Sandy was endorsed as the Australian Sex Party’s candidate for the federal seat of Warringah on Sydney’s northern beaches (current sitting member Tony Abbott). In May that year, at the age of 57, he launched his own biography Austen Tayshus: Merchant of Menace. (source: abc.net.au) Movie credits: Holy Smoke!, Going Down Under.
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.
Dag : a funny person, nerd, goof
Daks : trousers, pants
Damper : bread made from flour and water (often cooked on a campfire or camp oven)
Date : arse/butt[hole] ("get off your fat date")
Dead dingo's donger, as dry as a : dry
Dead Heart, the : The centre of Australia, or “Red Centre”
Dead horse : Tomato sauce
Deadset : true, the truth
Dero : tramp, hobo, homeless person (from "derelict")
Dickhead : "wanker”, idiot, annoying person, know it all
Didgeridoo : Aboriginal wind musial instrument
Digger : a soldier
Dill : an idiot, fool
Dingo : native wild dog, sly person
Dingo's breakfast : a yawn, a leak and a good look round (i.e. no breakfast)
Dinkum, fair dinkum : true, real, genuine ("I'm a dinkum Aussie"; "is he fair dinkum?")
Dinky-di : the real thing, genuine
Dipstick : a loser, idiot
Dob (somebody) in : inform on somebody. Hence dobber, a tell-tale
Docket : a bill, receipt
Doco : documentary
Dog and bone : telephone
Dog's balls, stands out like : obvious, nothing to hide
Dog's breakfast : a mess
Dole bludger : somebody on social assistance when unjustified
Donger : penis
Doodle : penis
Doovalacky : used whenever you can't remember what something is called. Thingummyjig, whatsit.
Down Under : Australia and New Zealand
Drag the chain : lag behind
Drongo : a dope, stupid person
Dropkick : see 'dipstick'
Drover : cowboy
Drum : information, tip-off ("I'll give you the drum")
Duchess : sideboard
Duffer, cattle : rustler
Dummy : pacifier
Dummy, spit the : get very upset at something
Dunny : outside lavatory/toilet
Dunny rat, cunning as a : very cunning
Durry : tobacco, cigarette
Dux : top of the class (n.); to be dux of the class (v.) - "She duxed four of her subjects".
Earbashing : nagging, non-stop chatter
Easy, too : it’s a simple task, consider it done
Ekka : the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show/state fair
Elephant stall/sale, white : sale of unwanted /used goods
Emu Parade : an organised group to pickup rubbish/trash (usually at school)
Esky : large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc., cooler, ice box
Ethnics : European migrants
Exy : expensive
Face, off one's : drunk ("She was off her face by 10pm")
Fag : cigarette
Fair crack of the whip : Give us a “fair go”/chance
Fair dinkum : true, genuine
Fair go : a chance ("give a bloke a fair go")
Fair suck of the sav! : exclamation of wonder, surprise, disbelief (sav: saveloy, hotdog, weiner)
Fairy floss : candy floss, cotton candy
Falcon : Ever popular make of car produced for the Australian market by the Ford Motor Company
Fanny : female genitalia, vagina
Feeding time at the zoo : hectic, noisy
Feral (n.) : a hippie, redneck
Figjam : "F*ck I'm good; just ask me". Nickname for people who have a high opinion of themselves.
First cab off the rank : First to grasp an opportunity
Fisho : fishmonger
Fit as a Mallee Bull : very fit
Flake : shark's flesh (sold in fish & chips shops)
Flat out like a lizard drinking : flat out, busy
Flick : to give something or somebody the flick is to breakup with or get rid of it or him/her
Flick it on : to sell something, usually for a quick profit, soon after buying it.
Fly wire : gauze flyscreen covering a window or doorway.
Footy : Australian Rules, or Rugby League football
Fossick : search, rummage ("fossicking through the kitchen drawers")
Fossick : to prospect, e.g. for gold
Fossicker : prospector, e.g. for gold
Freckle : anus
Fremantle Doctor : the cooling afternoon breeze that arrives in Perth from the direction of Fremantle
Frog in a sock, as cross as a : an angry person
Fruit loop : fool, crazy person
Full : drunk, or had enough to eat
Furphy : false or unreliable rumour
G'Day : hello!
Gabba : Wooloongabba - the Brisbane cricket ground
Galah : fool, silly person. Named after the parrot of the same name because of its antics and the noise it makes.
Garbo, garbologist : garbage collector
Gazza : nickname for Garry
Give it a burl : try it, have a go
Gobful, give a : to abuse, usually justifiably ("The neighbours were having a noisy party so I went and gave them a gobful")
Gobsmacked : surprised, astounded
Going off : used for a night spot, party or event that is a lot of fun - "the place was really going off"
Good oil : useful information, a good idea, the truth, a hot tip
Good onya : good for you, well done
Goog, googie egg : egg
Goog, as full as a : drunk. "Goog" is a variation of the northern English slangword "goggie" meaning an egg.
Goon : cask of wine
Greenie : environmentalist
Grinning like a shot fox : very happy, smugly satisfied
Grog : liquor, beer ("bring your own grog, you bludger")
Grouse (adj.) : great, terrific, very good
Grundies : undies, underwear (from Reg Grundy, a television person)
Gun Shearer : the fastest shearer in the shed
Gutful : drunk, "he's got a gutful of piss"
Gyno : gynaecologist
Happy as Larry : very happy
Harold Holt, to do the : To bolt, disappear (Also "to do the Harold")*
Hay, ay : I beg your pardon. Please repeat that.
Heaps : a lot, e.g. "thanks heaps", "(s)he earned heaps of money"etc.
Hen’s teeth, scarce as : very scarce
Holden : Traditionally Australia's most popular make of car (especially the Commodore models) made by General Motors
Holy dooley! : an exclamation of surprise = "Good heavens!", "My goodness!" "Good grief!"
Homestead : ranch house
Hoon : hooligan
Hooroo : goodbye, see ya
Hotel : a pub
Hottie : hot water bottle
Howzat! : an exclamation used when taking a wicket in the sport of cricket. (made famous by a song performed by the Aussie group "Sherbert")*
Humpy : Aboriginal shelter, shack
*Harold Holt was an Australian Prime Minister for only 22 months before he disappeared in December 1967 while swimming at Cheviot Beach near Portsea, Victoria, and was presumed drowned. His body was never recovered.
I can’t take a trick : I can’t win, everything I do goes wrong
Icy pole, ice block : popsicle, ice lolly
I didn’t come down in the last shower : I’m not stupid or naïve
Iffy : hard to believe, don’t trust it, possible but not likely
It’s my shout : This one’s on me (drink, meal etc)
It’s your shout : It’s your turn to buy (drink, meal etc
Thank you for taking the time to read this somewhat lengthy hub. If you enjoyed this second part of the "How to Talk Aussie" please watch out for the third installment which I hope to publish in the near future. I would be happy to receive your suggestions and critiques in comments below.
© 2015 John Hansen