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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