Thursday, August 24, 2006

Aussie Slang 101 ...

Hi There !!

Hope you are all doing well. I have been "flat out like a lizard drinking" !! In other words, I have been really busy. I haven't had as much time for blogging as I would have liked to, but will try to visit as many of you as I can this evening. Otherwise, I will try to visit over the weekend (depending on whether I can get on-line where we will be, or not !!). As I mentioned a few days ago, we are off for the weekend to our caravan at Bonnie Doon, which is a little town on the northern end of Lake Eildon, in North Central Victoria.

I had a bit of a giggle over some of your comments, wondering what a "roast chook" was. Well, to clear that up, "chook" is aussie slang for a chicken !! This gave me the idea to share some more of our strange aussie slang with you "non-Aussies" !! Enjoy ....

A over T ... to fall over, from "arse over tits".

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

Ankle biter ... small child, also called a rug rat.

She'll be apples ... everything will be okay or alright.

Bad case of the trots ... diarrhea.

Blowie ... blow fly.

Cackleberry ... an egg.

Cark it ... to die.

Chockers, or chock-a-block ... full up, with no space left.

Chuck a wobbly ... to have a fit of temper.

Chunder ... to vomit.

Cods wallop ... an exclamation showing disbelief in what has just been said, equivelant to "Rubish!", or a polite way of saying "bullshit".

Dead ringer ... an exact copy, likeness, or replica. Something/someone that looks exactly the same as something/someone else.

Dinky di ... the genuine article or the real thing, especially if the object is from Australia. Also True Blue, and fair dinkum.

Drongo ... a stupid, inept, awkward or embarrassing person, a dimwit or slow-witted person, a fool.

Earbash ... to chatter or talk incessantly to the point of boring or nagging.

Flake out ... to lie down or to collapse from fatigue.

Give it heaps ... to not hold back. I.e.., To make sure a car would go up the hill, you would "give it heaps", put your foot down on the accelerator. To give someone heaps is to give them a talking to for doing something wrong, or to make fun of them for doing something silly.

Have a burl, have a crack, have a go ... to attempt to do something considered a little difficult.

Hoof it ... to walk rather than take transport.

I'm easy ... not worried, not concerned, or has no preference to the outcome of a choice.

Joe Bloggs ... the average person in the street. Although the term is male, it is non-specific and therefor signifies a person of either sex.

Knackered ... exhausted, or puzzled (as in "It's got me knackered!").

Knock back ... to refuse something, or to eat or drink something hurriedly.

Lame brain ... a foolish or unintelligent person.

Lead Foot ... a fast and reckless driver.

Make tracks ... to leave, depart or head off.

Mollycoddle ... to fuss over or pamper unnecessarily.

Nifty ... stylish.

Nipper ... young child, usually younger brother or sister.

Off one's face ... to be extremely drunk.

Onya ... an expression of encouragement, short for good on you.

Out of whack ... out of calibration or disorderly.

Piker ... someone who either does not join in with others, or gives up an activity before it is finished.

Postie ... postman / mailman.

Pull up stumps ... to stop an activity, usually for the day and usually to go home. From the game of Cricket, where the stumps are pulled up and out of the ground at the end of the day's play.

Rellies ... short for relatives.

Ridgie didge ... genuine, the real thing.

Shoot through ... to leave or disappear, usually in a hurry.

Skedaddle ... to depart quickly.

Snag ... a sausage (also "banger").

Sparkie ... an electrician.

Spit the dummy ... to make up a fuss, to have a tantrum.

Stickybeak ... an overly inquisitive or nosy person who cannot mind their own business.

Thunder box ... toilet (also "dunny").

Too right ... an affirmation or agreement.

Troppo ... crazy or insane. Not necessarily a mental disorder. A description of the way people can go crazy in the tropics.

Veg out ... to relax and think of nothing.

Willy nilly ... without thought or organisation.

Wonky ... unstable or in a bad condition that adversely affects performance.

Yobbo ... an uncouth person.

Yonks ... a long time, ages.

Well, there you go, folks. A quick (although rather long !!) lesson in Aussie Slang. There are heaps of others ... I may add to this list in time.

It's 9.30pm as I type this, so I'd better head off and come visiting !!!

In case I don't make it ... apologies.

I would also like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful weekend, filled with fun and frivolity.

Take care,



angel, jr. said...

This may sound so cliche--but I love Austrailian accents. It's one of the accents I use to try an imitate as a child.
I still try to do whenever I watch "Crocodile Hunter", but my friends says it just makes me sound like I've got a frog in my throat.

Chloe said...

i know a couple of these!
erm, like dead ringer, off my face, veg out and knackered! i could come over there and not have a communication problem :)

FruitfulSpirit said...

Wow and I thought my teenager talked funny! I will have to show him this list and see what he does with it! Hope you have a great weekend and take some really good pictures for us. You know we like pictures!

Peter said...

Bonza, bewdy, cobber, you little ripper.

Badoozie said...

i knew the meaning of 18 of these, wow, i'm like a real aussie

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

joe bloggs must be our joe smith or jones..

u guys have some odd sayings..

course ours are no better.


Diane said...

Actually most of these sayings you could hear anywhere you go around here. A few of them are strictly Aussie slang, but not all. I think I'd be perfectly at home there and we could compare slang terms, LOL. ;D

Have a good time vegging out this weekend, and be careful not to go A over T. Careful of the lead foot, don't want any tickets, LOL. ;-)

Meow said...

Angel ... I'm just the opposite, I've always loved the American accent (although there are plenty different ones), and the Canadian ones.

Chloe ... too cool. Generally, most english speaking people don't have problems communicating.

Fruitfulspirit ... I think all teenages say weird things. There are so many Americanisms in our language these days ... our teenages probably sound just like yours !!

Peter ... thanks. I could've gone on for ever, there are so many I forgot !! Maybe there needs to be a Part 2 !!

Susie ... I hereby make you an honorary Aussie !!

Bossy Britches ... I think every language / country has their own weird sayings, although those that use them don't think they're too odd !!

Diane ... I guess our sayings are infiltrating your language, just as much as your sayings are infiltrating ours ... thanks to Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin, and other Aussies on TV !!

Take care, friends, and "avagoodweekend".


PEA said...

Good lord, that's like learning a whole new language!!! lol I so enjoyed that list and quite a few of the words made me'd say something like those around here and everyone would look at you funny! lol Our Canadian sayings are easy....EH!!! :-) Hugs xoxo

~jack~ said...

These are pretty funny .. I use "NIFTY" all the time because its such a nifty word , and I just learned "thunder box" last week when my Aussie friend's son was sick LOL ... I'm surprised at how many we have in common (we say Joe Blow though)

I found a cute website today , I think you will love it .. I do.

Tammy said...

Those are great!
I counted 16 expressions that I knew really well...there were a lot I had never heard of, though!
I would so love to go to Austrailia for a visit!
(Or should I say...I would love to give it heaps to make tracks to your country but at the moment, our bank account is chockers! ;)

Meow said...

Pea ... thanks. There are so many more ... maybe I'll have to do a part 2 !!! Glad you enjoyed it.

Jack ... thanks. Nifty would be one of my favorite words, as is Snazzy (similar meaning). I'll head on over and have a look at the website, thanks.

Tammy ... *giggle* ... that was very good !!. Australia is a lovely country, and I'm sure you'd enjoy it.

Take care, Meow

Belizegial said...

It's late here and I am knackered. See, I am already using words from your aussie slang list.
Have a Ridgie didge wonderfuld weekend while you are at it.
Take care,

Girl About Town said...

Wow! I can't believe you came up with so many...! I also can't believe how many I know!!

I'm a fellow Melbournian, just new to your blog!

Saur♥Kraut said...

There are a lot of sayings that are akin to some that come from your English cousins. But I hadn't heard of a couple, and they're very interesting! Thanks for sharing them with us. I especially like the one for hen's eggs. ;o)

BarBarA said...

I LOVED THIS! Later when I chat with my Aussie friend I'll shock him by using some of these terms - hee hee. Thanks, Meow!

Jeanette said...

Hi Meow
Just took a gander .We aussies have some great sayings
snags/mystery bags.
avagoodweekend take care, Jen

green eyed girl on planet earth said...

Hello meow

Thanks for the LMAO , I recognize some of these some we say here , but they are all great , I can picture you saying them in your accent , gotta love it mate!!!!!dont kill me for that! .

Earbash is so funny , I almost snorted !stickybeak tee hee too funny ,sparkie LOL, and best ,,,,,Thunder Box ROfLMAO

Thanks for sharing , and making me laugh :} Hope you have a fun filled weekend , wish I could share haha , Big HUgs to get you through !cyberwithdrawl J/K
HUGS HUGS HUGS ,,,,take pics to share .
Your friend

True Blue Guy said...

Wow, that is a LOT of Aussie slang I never knew and I like the accent in which you guys talk

Have a great weekend - cheers

Raggedy said...

Great list thanks!
Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

Alice said...

Accents?? Aussies don't have accents, other people do.... lol.

I hope our overseas friends don't think that we use these saying all the time. Like in most countries, they are terms that are used from time to time, some more often than others.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

With that, I could live in Australia!

poet said...

what a great list. thanks for the update on aussie slang. now i will have an idea of what ya'all are talkin' about. have a good weekend. poet

Michael Manning said...

Meow: Very good idea. Now you've encouraged me with funny new sayings!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thanks for the lesson. Hope you enjoy the weekend.

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Oh my goodness, these are hilarious. I love words and how different countries and cultures use them.

dragonflyfilly said...

i thought it was "arse over teakettle" ????

i knew chook was chicken, i don't know why, maybe from watching too much HBO which has quite a few aussie films on.

did not know Cackleberry, that a good one, Chuck a wobbly, that kind of makes sense, don't know why, it just does!

I'm easy means something altogether different here...can you guess what? ha hah

i heard quite a few you mentioned here when i was in England, and i guess i heard quite a few up at Whistler when i used to ski, and most of the "ski-bums" up there were Aussies, that is all they did was ski the whole winter, and only worked in the summer! they also tended to "hustle" the ski-bunnies, quite famous for that, actually!

Meow said...

Belizegial ... thank you. It was a great weekend. Will post about it shortly.

Girl About Town ... thank you, too, and welcome. I'll drop by your blog shortly !!

Saur ... thank you. Did you have cackleberries and bacon for brekky ??

Barbara ... you are welcome. Let me know how the chat went !!!

Jeanette ... thanks. We do have some good ones, don't we !!

Greeneyes ... I'm so pleased you liked them ... they were meant to give a laugh. It's all in the name of good fun, mate !! I have some great photos, will share them shortly. Big hugs to you and yours.

True Blue Guy ... thanks. I don't know if I have an accent, but I guess I must have !! Not all those phrases are used by all of us all of the time, though !!!

Raggedy ... thanks.

Alice ... I agree, we don't have accents, do we !! I'm sure they all realise that we don't use them all the time, just like all nationalities have slang that they use sometimes.

Jean-luc ... and you would be most welcome !

Poet ... you are welcome, and thank you.

Michael ... thanks, let me know how you go with the new sayings !!

Nick ... thank you.

Dr. Deb ... thank you. They are kinda fun, aren't they !!

PJ ... thanks, glad you enjoyed them. I'd hear there were heaps of Aussies in your ski-fields ... I guess the slang is everywhere these days !!

Thanks everyone. Hope you all had a great weekend ... I did. Will tell you about it shortly.

Take care, Meow xx

Nicole said...

Hi Chook.... Hope you are all relaxed and sleep'ed up after the weekend! lol
Much love to you xox

Meow said...

Hi Nicole ... thanks, and yes I am. Just gotta do the normal morning stuff, school and whatever, then will sit down and tell you all about my weekend.
Take care, Meow

Jenn said...

You forgot doodle.

Meow said...

Jenn ... *giggle* ... I guess I did !!! Thanks.
Take care, Meow