In our defense we normally don't use all these terms at once.
Some were brought to the country by immigrants and can be traced
back to there source others we locally produced. Some are only in
I have some favourites.
Rozza, a Policeman or COP this is Scottish and only used in the
Western part of Australia.
Slab, case of beer 5% alcahol, also a unit of measure eg Q "how big
is it" A "About a slab" also as currancy "it will cost you a slab".
Less than 5% alchol is refered to as "light" beer.
Certain rules pertain to the language down here.
Such as any long word or name is to be shortened, any thing short is
Cockney (as in England) has a type of ryming slang that is enjoyed
here as well eg "You and me" meaning key
This happens with physical actions as well.
From the part of the country I am from if you are driving down a
deserted country road and see one of your neighbours driving a
tractor or something you wave by raising one of 2 fingers from the
steering wheel as you pass, the opposite way to the insult.
This I found out comes from Cornwall (again in England)there were
Cornish immigrants for the original gold rush in Australia.
The article mentioned New Zealand or NZ to us if you want to fit in
over there end your sentances with "ay"
Campbell Hewston or cam
Quoting Katherine Phelps <email@example.com
> on Thu, 30 Aug
2007 08:46:10 +0930:
On Thursday 30 August 2007 01:26, David Duke
I couldn't understand a single word of that!
Will Kat translate?
Oh dear. Well, the language here is colorful in
all senses. Australians
certainly let it all hang out (to use an American
turn of phrase).
Poxy: Covered in pox, as in chicken, small, or
other diseases that cause you
to do giraffe impressions.
Date: Ahem, well, it certainly has nothing to do
with middle eastern fruit.
Wankers: Double ahem. Men who know how to enjoy
Bludgers: Someone living the good life at the
tax-payers expense, hence
someone you would like to bludgeon.
Rack-off: Really this should be "rack-on" as in
"Put the rack on your car,
toss all your stuff on it, and vamoose."
Died in the arse: Only obliquely to do with
posterior indentation. It didn't
work out in the end.
Mole: Moll, a very friendly woman.
Chuck a sickie: Taking a day off under pretense of
Chuck a spaz: Do your nut.
Chuck a U-ey: Make a u-turn.
Pav: Pavlova, a lovely dessert of meringue topped
with fruit. Named in honour
of a ballet dancer.
Esky: Freezer box.
A crock: This is not just any crocodile, but one
filled with garden
"In the arvo last Chrissy the relos rocked up for
a barbie, some bevvies and a
few snags. After a bit of a Bex and a lie down we
opened the pressies,
scoffed all the chockies, bickies and lollies.
Then we drained a few tinnies
and Mum did her block after Dad and Steve had a
barney and a bit of biffo."
Translation: Last midwinter festivities the
relatives indulged in decadent
behaviour resulting in familial fisticuffs.
"Macca, Chooka and Wanger are driving to Surfers
in their Torana. If they are
travelling at 100 km/h while listening to Barnsey,
Farnsey and Acca Dacca,
how many slabs will each person on average consume
between flashing a brown
eye and having a slash?"
Translation: A trio of uneducated young gentleman
are driving to the beach in
a car favoured by their class. If they are
travelling at high velocity while
listening to the musical equivalent of hog
callers, how much will they need
to imbibe before exposing their posterior
indentations and releasing tired
"Have you ever been on the giving or receiving end
of a wedgie?"
Has anyone tried to check the tag on your
"Is it possible to "prang a car" while doing
Is it possible to cause damage to a car while
doing the smallest possible
circuit in dusty terrain?
"Who would you like to crack on to?"
Is there be someone with whom you would consider
I hope this was of some assistance.
BA (Hons), MFA, PhD
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