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USTRALIAN COLLOQUIALISM

AUSTRALIANS OFTEN ABBREVIATE WORDS AND THEN ADD AN ‘O’ OR ‘IE’ ON THE END.

  • G’day – an informal and traditional Australian greeting (shortened form of “Good day”);
  • Mate – an informal friendly way of referring to someone.
  • Fortnight – this term describes a period of two weeks.
  • Barbecue, BBQ or barbie – outdoor cooking, usually of meat or seafood over a grill or hotplate using gas or coals.
  • Cuppa – a cup of tea or coffee
  • ‘Drop by this arvo for a cuppa’ means please come and visit this afternoon for a cup of tea or coffee.
  • Fair dinkum – honest, the truth
  • Chook – means a chicken
  • Flat out – to be very busy
  • Got to hit the frog & toad – means I am leaving or going to hit the road
  • Bloke – a man. Sometimes if you ask for help, you may get be told to ‘see that bloke over there’
  • Sheila – a woman
  • How ya goin? – ‘How are you going?’ – means how are you, or how do you do?
  • Biro – means pen
  • Dead Horse – means pass me the sauce
  • Dog & Bone – means the phone
  • Sandshoe – means running shoes
  • Budgie smugglers – short bathers
  • Noah Arc – shark