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Australian Slang II
When i was younger and living in London as a backpacker, English people often used to comment that Australian people had a tendency to shorten a lot of their words or add an o the the end of them. So if you were going to a petrol station in Australia you would say 'i am going to the servo'. Servo being the shortened version of service station. Playing a game of football was always shortened to lets play a game of 'footy'. Another part of Aussie slang that you should not get offended by is the term 'bastard'. Bastard if often used as a term of endearment. You could call a friend who has just won a prize a 'lucky bastard' or some one who is loud at a party a ' noisy bastard'. One should never feel offended if called a '____ bastard'.
Aussie rhyming slang is also very confusing for international travellers. It has its origins from cockney speak or flash talk that the convict brought out from England and Ireland when Australia was first colonised. The convicts used to talk in this rhyming slang so the authorities could not pick up what they were talking about. So if someone in Australia asks if you want a 'dogs eye' with some 'dead horse', don't be alarmed. All they are asking if you would like a meat pie with tomato sauce.
A List Of Common Rhyming Slang
Have a 'Captain Cook' - to have a look at something
Frog and Toad - Road
Reg Grundies - Undies (underwear)
Dogs eye - Meat Pie
Dead Horse - Tomato Sauce
Currant Bun - Herald Sun (Melbourne Newspaper)
Johnny Horner- Corner
Snakes Hiss - Piss
Cheese and Kisses - Missus
Barry Crocker - Shocker
Rubbity Dub- Pub
Horses Hoof - Poof (Homosexual)
Oxford Scholar - One Dollar
Steak and Kidney - Sydney
Joe Blake - Snake
So when you step off the plane in Australia , take a deep breath and listen to what people are saying because what you think they are saying may not be exactly what they are meaning. If anyone has any of there own to add please feel free. Please share your own experience of the colorful Australian language. Now i am off for a pigs ear (beer) becasue i am dry as a dead dingos donger.