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The Aussie Slang!

  • a bit more choke and you would have started
    misc:- a statement said to somebody who has just passed wind in public rather loudly.

  • a few Kangaroos loose in the top paddock
    adjective:- someone who is mentally 'not quite there, also picnic short of a sandwich , lights are on but nobody is home, etc.

  • A over T
    verb:- to fall over, from "arse over tits".

  • acid
    noun:- the good word, the truth, the good acid.

  • baccy
    noun:- tobacco

  • back blocks
    noun:- originally remote settlements away from the main cities, it is now used to denote the outer suburbs or cheaper blocks of land beyond the city

  • bad case of the trots
    noun:- diarrhea

  • banana bender
    noun:- a resident of Queensland, perhaps a little derogatory

  • bathers
    noun:- a swimming costume, but only in Victoria and South Australia. Also see Togs.

  • chew the Fat
    verb:- To have a pleasant conversation with someone. Also called a chinwag.

  • chewy
    adverb:- chewing gum.

  • hips
    adverb:- French fries, called chippies in New South Wales.

  • fag
    noun:- a cigarette. Not a homosexual man.

  • faggot
    noun:- a homosexual man.

  • fair crack of the whip
    noun:- to give some one an equal opportunity or equitable treatment. See also "Fair Go".

  • handbag
    noun:- a woman's purse.

  • hang on
    verb:- wait a moment

  • hanky panky
    noun:- something a little sneaky

  • k
    noun:- kilometer

  • kangaroo
    noun:- The larger marsupials of the family Macropodidae. It has short forelimbs but long feet and powerful legs with a tail for support and balance, and moves around by bounding and leaping.

    Legend has it that when the white man first came to Australia he asked an Aboriginal the name for the funny looking creature bounding in the distance. Apparently the Aborigine replied "Kangaroo" which in the Aborigine language means "I don't understand you". So now we have an animal called "I don't understand you". Dinkum? Dunno, but an amusing story nonetheless.

  • kick in the teeth
    noun:- a set back.

  • Mallee
    noun:- a region straddling the borders of Victoria and South Australia covered by scrub. A particular type of Gum tree, the Mallee Gum, has very knotty hard wood and is highly prized for wood burning stoves.

  • sack
    noun:- a bed. Used as "hit the sack" = go to sleep.

  • sack, to
    verb:- to terminate employment, to fire.

  • zack
    noun:- a Sixpence. Pre decimal currency used before Feb 1966. The term is still used today, but to indicate that someone is broke. "I haven't got a zack"
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