Australian English dictionary – January 27, 2008

In honour of Australia Day here are a few Aussie expressions translated into English. I have actually heard each of these used in conversation!

aerial pingpong: Australian Rules football

aussie salute: brushing flies away

banana bender: a person from Queensland

bingle: a motor vehicle accident

bludger: a lazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on other people to do things or lend him things

budgie smuggler: a man’s Speedo-style swimsuit (see these news articles: “Budgie smuggler stunts a boost to tourism” and “Budgie smuggler fined for stealing

bush telly: campfire

cactus: dead, not functioning (“this bloody washing machine is cactus”)

chuck a sickie: take the day off sick from work when you’re perfectly healthy

dag: a funny person, nerd, goof

dingo’s breakfast: taking a yawn, a leak and a good look round (that is, no breakfast)

esky: large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.

ekka: the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show

fair go: a chance (“give a bloke a fair go”)

gabba: Wooloongabba – the Brisbane cricket ground

grog: liquor, beer (“bring your own grog, you bludger”)

having a domestic: an argument with your partner/spouse (as in “my neighbours have a domestic every evening”)

hoon: hooligan (esp. in reference to teenagers recklessly driving high-powered cars)

hotel: often just a pub

journo: journalist

kangaroos loose in the top paddock: intellectually inadequate (“he’s got kangaroos loose in the top paddock”)

maccas: McDonald’s (the hamburger place, pronounced “mackers”)

mozzie: a mosquito

piece of piss: an easy task

posties: postal workers

rego: vehicle registration

right, that’d be: accepting bad news as inevitable. (“I went fishing but caught nothing.” “Yeah, that’d be right.”)

rock up: to turn up, to arrive – “we rocked up at their house at 8pm”

ropeable: very angry

slab: a 24-can pack of beer

salvos, the: Salvation Army, bless them

she’ll be right: it’ll turn out okay

skull (a beer): to drink a beer in a single draught without taking a breath

spunk(y): a good looking person (of either sex)

surfies: people who go surfing – usually more often than they go to work!

tall poppies: successful people

tall poppy syndrome: the tendency to criticize successful people

thong: cheap rubber backless sandals (“flip-flops” in Canada)

togs: swim suit

tinny: a can of beer, or a small aluminium boat

top end: the far north of Australia

trackies: tracksuit (“John Howard [former prime minister] wore his usual Wallabies trackies when he went walking this morning.”)

trough lolly: the solid piece of perfumed disinfectant in a men’s urinal

uni: university

useful as an ashtray on a motorbike / tits on a bull: unhelpful or incompetent person or thing – “he, she or it is about as useful as tits on a bull” etc.

whinge: complain

white pointers: topless (female) sunbathers

woop woop: the invented name for any small unimportant town – “he lives in Woop Woop”

XXXX: pronounced “Four X”, a brand of beer made in Queensland

yakka: work (noun)

yewy: u-turn in traffic (“chuck a yewy at the next traffic light”)

yobbo: an uncouth person

weekend warrior: an army reservist