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How to Talk "Aussie": Even More Australian Slang, Strine and Colloquialisms (J to P)
Welcome to Australia
Welcome, and thanks for visiting the third installment of my "Dictionary of Australian Slang, Strine and Colloquialisms" which I have continued due to the popularity of the first two articles. If you are reading this it has obviously been published, something I have had quite a bit of trouble achieving. Because there are a number of websites listing the A, B, Cs of Aussie Slang it is difficult to pass the "duplication" test, and this hub has constantly come up against that hurdle.
What surprises me is that the first two hubs in the series were immediately published without a problem. Anyway, I am persistent if nothing else so better late than never. If you readers enjoy what I've written here than it is definitely worth the trouble.
by John Hansen (c) 2015
The weather's always sunny
In this land of milk and honey,
And we all talk rather funny
Even those with lots of money.
Other countries have their slang,
Some accents even have a twang.
From the British Isles our language sprang,
Waltzing Matilda's often sang.
Aussies often speak in strine,
Oh, a language so devine.
Our country doesn't toe the line,
We are unique and that is fine.
What to Expect When Visiting Australia
As a modern country Australia prides itself in its multicultural society, with many nationalities and languages. The predominant spoken language is English, but there is a distinct and colourful local variation often known as strine or simply "Aussie". It is helpful to learn at least a few of the different terms and colloquialisms if holidaying here but not essential. Some Aussies may even get a kick out of the discomfort of a foreign visitor's frustrated attempts to make sense of a conversation, but as a whole, we are a pretty friendly mob and most of the time we do go out of our way to help tourists wherever possible.
Unlike many other countries where there are regional dialects, the only noticeable accent deviations you will find here are those of the upper, middle and working classes, though even these are slight (maybe the country vs city comparison is the most distinct). Sometimes false British accents may be exaggerated at social functions and in the media (although this was more pronounced in the early days of Australian radio and t.v.), and although some of the terms and colloquialisms vary from state to state, the actual accents don't.
Be aware though, unless you are absolutely certain of the meaning of a phrase, do not use it! British or American slang may mean something totally the opposite to what it does in Australia. This can often lead to much embarrassment, so be careful. With all of its unique and even humorous idioms, however, the language used by Australians is strongly influenced by, and remains unquestionably English.
In this hub you will find slang, strine, and colloquialisms beginning with the letters J through to P. I hope you find it an interesting and maybe funny learning experience.
(disclaimer: some content may offend some readers)
Jabiru : a black necked stork found in northern and eastern Australia
Jack of it : fed up, sick of it, had enough of a situation (I'm jack of it!)
Jackaroo : a male trainee station manager or station hand (a station is a ranch/grazing property) or drover.
Jaffa : chocolate in an orange flavoured candy shell
Jam : jelly
J.C. : Jesus Christ
Jelly : jell-o
Jenny : female crab
Jillaroo : a female trainee station manager, station hand or drover
Job you : hit you or punch you (Take that back, or I'll job you.)
Joey : baby kangaroo or wallaby (most baby marsupials)
Journo : journalist
Jug : an electric kettle
Jumbuck : a sheep
Jumper : a pullover/sweater
Kanga banga : kangaroo sausage
Kangaroos loose in the top paddock : Intellectually challenged ("he's got a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock")
Kelpie : Australian sheepdog originally bred from Scottish collie x dingo
Keno : a gambling game in pubs and clubs
Kero : kerosene
Kindie : kindergarten
King, The : King Wally. Wally Lewis, former great Rugby League Football player
Kip : rest, sleep
Kiwi : a person from New Zealand
Knackered : tired, exhausted
Knock : to criticise, or put down
Knock back : refusal (n) ,or to refuse (v) (eg. She knocked back his advances)
Knocker : somebody who criticises or opposes
Lair : a suavely dressed man of borish and vulgar behaviour, to dress up in flashy clothes
Lamington : square of sponge cake covered in chocolate icing and coconut (an Aussie icon)
Larrikin : a bloke or child who is always playing pranks, a fun lover
Lasseter's Reef : fabled gold mine/reef said to be located in the middle of Australia
Layby : layaway
Lazy Boy : popular brand of reclining lounge chair
Lend of, to have a : to take advantage of somebody's naivety or gullibility, to have someone on ("he's having a lend of you")
Lippy : lipstick
Liquid laugh : vomit, spew, throw up
Lizard drinking, flat out like a : very busy
Lob, lob in : drop in to see someone ("An old school friend lobbed in")
Lobby : Lobster
Lollies : sweets, candy
London to a brick : absolute certainty ("You can bet London to a brick that fuel prices won't go down")
Long paddock : the side of the road where livestock is grazed during droughts (the greenest grass is along the roadside)
Longneck : 750ml bottle of beer in South Australia (called a "tallie" in some other states)
Loo : toilet, restroom
Lounge room : living room
Lout : no hoper, vandal, person up to no good
Lucky Country, The : Australia of course, where else?
Lunch, who opened their? : OK, who farted?
Lurk : illegal or underhanded racket or scheme
Macca : nickname often given to anyone whose surname begins with Mc or Mac (eg. McLaughlin)
Macca's : McDonald's (the burger joint)
maggot bag : meat pie
Mallee bull, as fit as a : very fit and strong. The Mallee is the name of arid beef country in Victoria/South Australia.
Map of Tassie : map of Tasmania - a woman's pubic area
Mate : buddy, pal, friend
Mate's rates : cheaper than usual for a "friend"
Maths : math, mathematics
Matilda : swagman's (hobo's) bedding, sleeping roll
Meat Pie : Various minced meat filling (usually beef or chicken) in a pastry crust. One of Australia's favourite foods.
Metho : methylated spirits
Mexican : a person from south of the Queensland border (Texas is a town right on the Queensland/New South Wales border, so anyone from south of that is a Mexican.)
Mickey Mouse : excellent, very good. Careful though - in some parts of Australia it means poor quality, or not very good!
Middy : 285 ml beer glass in New South Wales
Milk bar : corner store that sells takeaway food, milkshakes etc
Milko : milkman
Mince : minced or shredded beef, chicken, pork etc.
Mintie : chewy mint flavoured candy
Missus : wife
Mob : group of people (Aboriginals often use the term), family or herd of kangaroos. Sometimes used for a herd of cattle or flock of sheep also.
Mongrel : horrible person, cross breed dog
Moolah : money, cash
Mozzie : mosquito
Muddy : mud crab
Mud guard : fender (on car)
Mug : semi-friendly insult ("have a go, yer mug"), gullible person
Mull : grass (the kind you smoke), cannabis, marijuana
Muster : to round up sheep or cattle, herd
"They don’t play the song on the radio
They don’t show the tits on the video
They don’t know that we are the media
They don’t know that we start the mania
Your Eyes don’t want to see what I’m making you
Your ass is off its seat and I’m shaking you
Walking down the street I’m the lady – ah –
Showing off my map of Tasmania
My map is symbolic
It get drunk a lot
Hey, does that make it an alcoholic?
Call it M.O.T. for short
Let’s take this bottomless case straight to the court
Freedom down there, i swear, do you see me smirkin’?
Do you see me wearing a merkin ?
Get in the formation let start
(For complete lyrics check out: http://www.theyoungpunx.com/)
Nappies : diapers
Nasho : National Service (compulsory military service)
Naughty, have a : have sex
Never Never : the Outback, centre of Australia
Nick off! : go away! Get lost!
Nipper : young surf lifesaver
Nits : head lice
No drama : Don't stress, it's not a problem.
Noggin : head (use your noggin)
No-hoper : somebody who'll never do well, or fools around not taking life seriously
Norm, a : lazy person, couch potato
No worries! : No problem; forget about it; I can do it; Yes, I'll do it
Not the full quid : not bright intellectually, disabled mentally
Noughts and crosses : tic-tac-toe
Nuddy, in the : naked, nude
Nuff said : enough said, no need to explain
Nut it out : figure it out, or work out (an agreement or deal)
Ocker : an uncouth or 'natural' Australian person/ often speaks with strine
Off your head : high on drugs, or acting crazy
Offsider : an assistant, helper, second in charge
Old fella : penis
Oldies : parents - "I'm going to visit my oldies"
Old Man : father, sometimes husband
Old Girl : mother, sometimes wife
On the dole : collecting unemployment/ social security payments
Once over, give it the : look something over, check it out
Op shop : opportunity shop, thrift store, second hand store.
O.S. : overseas ("I'm travelling O.S.")
Outback : remote/interior of Australia
Outhouse : outdoor toilet, dunny
Over the top : exaggerated, too much
Oz : Australia
Ozzie : Aussie, Australian
Paddock : a fenced field where livestock is grazed
Pants : trousers, slacks, shorts, panties
Pants someone : pull down their pants unexpectedly
Pash : a long passionate kiss
Pav* : Pavlova - a rich, creamy Australian / New Zealand dessert
Perve (noun & verb) : looking lustfully, usually at the opposite sex
Petrol : petroleum, gasoline, fuel
Piece of piss : very easy task
Pig's arse! : I don't agree with you, no way! You are wrong.
Piker : Someone who is not very social, leaves parties early
Pikelet : small pancake
Pink slip, get the : get the sack (from the colour of the termination form)
Pint : large glass of beer (esp. in South Australia)
Piss : beer. Hence "get on the piss", "sink some piss"
Pissed : drunk
Piss off : go away, get stuffed, get lost
Piss weak : extremely weak, pathetic
Plate, bring a : bring your own food (to a party or BBQ etc). It doesn't mean they're short of crockery!
Plastered : drunk
Plonk : cheap wine
Pokies : poker machines, gambling slot machines
Point Percy at the porcelain : take a leak, urinate (male)
Polly : politician
Pom, pommy, pommie** : an Englishman or woman
Pommy shower : using deodorant instead of taking a shower
Poo tickets : toilet paper
Porky : Lie, untruth (pork pie = lie)
Port : suitcase (portmanteau)
Postie : postman, mailman
Pot : 285 ml beer glass in Queensland and Victoria
Pozzy : position - get a good pozzy at the football game
Prezzy : present, gift
Pull your head in : mind your own business, keep out of it
Pushie/pushy : push bike, bicycle
Put up or shut up : Either prove you can do it, or be quiet.
* there is an ongoing dispute between Australians and New Zealander's over which country invented the pav (pavlova)
** originally from the initials POHM (Prisoner of Her/His Majesty) which referred to convicts sent to Australia from Britain. The word is actually incorrectly associated to the English or British immigrants in Australia, when it should really be given to any Australians with convict ancestors.
© 2015 John Hansen