New to Australia? Still getting your head around the jargon and typical variations of English used here? Or perhaps you have been staying for a while and still haven’t caught up to the lingo used here. Don’t worry, Rishi Khandelwal’s brief list of colloquialism and local phrases will help you learn some of the most common ones.
Rishi Khandelwal On Common Language In Jargon Of Australia Part – 1
Arvo : Short for afternoon. E.g: I’ll see you later in the arvo.
Barbie: is a Barbeque (BBQ) E.g. I am having some guests for a Barbie
Bogan : people acting dumb or weird or someone who is not sophisticated. E.g Many Australians behave like Bogans while travelling.
Bloody Oath : adding emphasis, like yes its right . E.g Bloody Oath Mate, that was a hard day
Bludge: Waste time, kill time. Bludging will not be tolerated at the workplace
Brekky: Breakfast, what time will Brekkie be served today?
Buggered: Exhausted, tired. Was a long day today – I am buggered
Chook : chicken. We are having a roast chook tonight.
Chrissie: Christmas. E.g. I am going to Sydney for Chrissie.
Crook: becoming sick or angry. Rishi Khandelwal points out that this is an interesting one. In case any of you thought that crook was a thief or thug here in Australia it is more commonly used as ‘ I am feeling crooked mate’.
Durry: Cigarette. I need a light for my durry !
Esky : Ice Box or Cooler. Is anyone taking an Esky for the picnic? According to Rishi Khandelwal, this is also one that confuses many people as it is mistaken short for Eskimo.
Fair Dinkum – ‘Fair Dinkum?’ : Its like is It true ? / Yes I believe it scenario. Take for example, your friend says to you : “ Hey mate did you see the fireworks ? Wasn’t it amazing ? And you reply – “ Fair Dinkum !”
Flat out : Extremely busy. E.g. I have been flat out trying to finish Christmas Orders.
Footy : Football. E.g. We are watching Footy at Tim’s place on the weekend.
G’day : Good Day or a welcome greeting.
Going off : Being Angry or shouting at someone. My wife was going off at me for forgetting my son’s birthday.
Good On Ya: Well done or good for you. Used as encouragement from friend sometimes sarcastically as well. E.g.
Sam to John (his friend): “I passed my ATAR with 80%”.
John: “ Good on Ya”
Heaps: Much or too much. E.g “I love you heaps mum”.
Iffy : Being risky or unreasonable. E.g When he asked me for my telephone number I felt a bit iffy.
Lollies: Candy or chocolate. E.g. I gotta keep off lollies to manage my weight
Maccas: Famous fast food chain, McDonalds. E.g Please get me a coffee from Maccas.
( To be continued)
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