How To Speak Aussie

Welcome fellow Aussies (pronounced “ozzies”) and foreigners to todays topic “How To Speak Aussie”. Our language is a bizarre and colourful one, chocker block full of swearwords that now that I’ve looked into it in more detail, apparently each have a million different meanings. In fact there are so many varieties of profanity that I have covered them in a seperate section which is linked below!  Grab a cuppa, have a read and see if you can learn all the lingo!

  • Swearing Aussie Style
  • Correct Pronunciation of Places & Towns
  • How To Create An Aussie Nickname
  • What Aussies call people
  • Aussie Jobs
  • Food & Drink in Australia
  • Common Sayings
  • Greetings
  • Places
  • Feelings & States of Being
  • Car Stuff
  • Clothing
  • Body Parts
  • Miscellaneous Other Things

Correct Pronunciation of Popular Cities & Places

  • Uh -stray-ya – Australia
  • Stray-ya – Australia (bogan)
  • Mel-bin – Melbourne
  • Can-brah – Canberra – aka The Nations Capital (usually in a sarcastic tone)
  • Bris-ben – Brisbane – aka Brissie
  • Tas-main-iah – Tasmania – aka Tassie
  • Care-ns – Cairnes
  • Oolah -roo – Uluru – aka Ayres Rock

How to create an Aussie nickname:

Replace any ‘r’ in the middle of the name with a z, for example:

  • Sharon – Shazza / Shaz
  • Laurel – Lozza / Loz
  • Karen – Kazza / Kaz
  • Darren – Dazza /Daz
  • Barry – Bazza /Baz

Add an ‘o’ at the end (usually male names), for example:

  • Rob – Robbo
  • Dave – Davo
  • Simon – Simmo
  • Steve – Stevo

Shorten the name and if you want add “er’s” to the end, for example:

  • Victoria – Vicky – Vicker’s
  • Rebecca – Bec – Becker’s

If those rules don’t work then use something ironic:

  • Blue – A red headed person
  • Shorty – A tall guy
  • Big Tim – Skinny guy

What Aussie’s call people:

Wife / Female Partner:

  • ‘The Missus”
  • The Old Lady (careful using that one fella’s…)

Husband / Male Partner:

  • ‘The Old Man’
  • Hubby

Types of People in General:

  • Young fella – young boy
  • Fella – man
  • Mate – friend
  • Sheila’s – Women (general)
  • Bloke’s – Men (general)
  • Bogan’s – White Trash
  • Ferals – Bogans/ Derros/ Children being naughty
  • Clown – silly person or if prefixed with a curse word then ‘an idiot’.
  • Povvo’s – Poor people (Insult)
  • Derro’s – Loser / Bogan
  • Hooligans – Young people that are unruly and often drunk and unlawful/ louts
  • No Hoper – loser/ unlikely to seek/gain employment or try and contribute meaningfully to society.
  • Bludger – Someone who is capable of work but remains on welfare for long periods of time
  • Crims – Criminals
  • Crooks – Criminals
  • Junkie – Drug addict
  • Pot head – Frequent Marijuana user
  • Kiddo’s – Children
  • Chook – lady – usually descriptive and prefixed by ‘good’ ‘funny’ or ‘old’
  • Ocka – Stereotypically Australian sounding person (think Steve Irwin)
  • Drongo – fool
  • Bushie – someone who lives deep in the bush, lives off the land and rarely leaves

 

 


Aussie Jobs:

  • Sparky – Electrician
  • Chippie – Carpenter
  • Brickie – Brick Layer
  • Tradie – tradesperson
  • Firie – Fireman
  • Copper / Cop – Police Officer
  • Ambo – Ambulance Officer
  • Pube – Public Servant
  • Barrister / Attorney – Lawyer
  • Checkout Chick/Bloke – Person working the register at a store
  • Servo Chick/Bloke – Person working at a fuel station
  • Garbo – Garbage man
  • Truckie – Truck driver
  • Polly – Politician
  • Office Boys – Tradie speak for non-tradies or ex tradies or tradies that are “off the tools” and now work in the admin section of the company.

 


Food & Meals

  • Barra – Barramundi (a type of fish)
  • Bennie – Eggs Bennadict
  • Brekkie – Breakfast
  • Chewy – Chewing Gum
  • Chips – Crisps / Potato chips
  • Fairy Bread – margarine on white bread with 100’s & 1000’s sprinkled over it.
  • Hot Chips – Fries
  • Jaffles/ Toasties – toasted sandwiches
  • Jam – Fruit based spread
  • Jelly – Jello
  • Lammo/Lamington – Sponge cake coated in chocolate icing and rolled in desiccated coconut, some may have a layer of strawberry jam in the middle.
  • Macca’s – Mc Donalds
  • Milo – a chocolate flavoured milk drink that is NOT MADE WITH HOT WATER ONLY YOU FUCKING IDIOTS!
  • Sanga – Sandwich
  • Sausage Sizzle – A barbecued sausage diagonally laid in a piece of bread served with or without sauce and onions – traditionally served at kids parties, school fates, on election days and on weekends at your local Bunnings store.
  • Schnitty – Chicken Schnitzel
  • Smoko – technically a smoke break but its what tradies call ‘brunch’
  • Snag – Sausage
  • Spag bol – Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Tim Tams – A delicious chocolate biscuit brand with a variety of flavours
  • Vegemite – Black deliciousness, best spread onto warm toast with butter, also goes well in a with cheese in either a sanga or a toastie.
  • Zooper Doopers – flavoured icy poles in a plastic tube

Beverages

  • Bundy – Bundaberg Rum
  • Cab Sav – Cabernet Savingon
  • Chardy – Chardonay
  • Champers – Champagne
  • Cuppa – Hot beverage
  • Soft Drink – Soda
  • Stubby – Bottle of beer
  • Tinny – Tin of beer
  • Goon – Cheap cask wine drunk right from its silver sack, usually by teenagers.

Common Sayings

  • Beut! Really Good
  • Bonza – Good
  • No Worries – Not a problem
  • Maaate – I need a favour
  • Crikey!/? – Wow! /WTF?
  • Bonkers – Crazy
  • Crackers – Crazy
  • Nutso – Crazy
  • Psycho – Crazy
  • Whacko – Crazy
  • Got a roo loose in the top paddock – Crazy
  • Chuckin a Wobbly – Acting Crazy/ Having a meltdown
  • Gone Burko – Gone crazy
  • Keep ya hair on! – Calm down
  • Don’t get your knickers in a knot! – Calm down
  • A Stubby Short of a Six Pack – Not very smart
  • A bit thick – Not very smart
  • Have a lark – Have a laugh/ joke
  • Cracked me up – Made me laugh
  • Have a sook – Act all whiney and grumpy
  • Fair game – Up for grabs
  • Fair Dinkum – Honest
  • Fair go – Be nice about it
  • Fair go – Give someone a fair chance
  • Have a crack – Give it a try
  • Flogged off – Sold cheap
  • Hang a Leak – Urinate
  • Off her tits – An intoxicated female
  • Righto – all right then / okay / I understand
  • Righto (sarcastically) – I don’t believe you
  • Got knackered – Hit in the balls
  • Am knackered – Really tired
  • On the tools – a tradesperson still working in/ using their trade (not yet retired)
  • Doing reno’s – renovating a house
  • He/she’s gone walkabout – He/she’s wandered off somewhere/ disappeared
  • Nicked off – left
  • Chuck a sickie – Fake a sick day off work
  • Shacked up with – Moved in with a partner
  • Get you’re hand off it! – Shut up, you’re obviously lying!
  • Up yourself – Full of ones own importance
  • Tarted up / Dolled up – Got dressed up nicely e.g. for a night out

 


Greetings

  • G’day – Hello
  • Howarya? – How are you?
  • Mornin’ – Good morning
  • Yeah? – Hi, I’m busy what do you want?

Places

  • Bottlo – Liquor Store
  • Bowlo – Bowling Club (lawn bowls, but think grog and pokies )
  • Chemist – Drug Store
  • Gaol – Prison
  • Grog Shop – Liquor Store
  • Local Shops – Small bank of shops located within suburbs traditionally containing an IGA, a chemist, a butcher, a bakery, a newsagent and a hairdresser.
  • Remand centre – Jail
  • Servo – Fuel Station
  • Shitter – Toilet
  • Shopping Centre – Mall
  • Shops – Grocery store / Mall
  • Shop – Grocery store
  • The Flicks / Movies – The Cinema
  • The Local – Favourite Pub
  • Loo – Toilet

Feelings & States of Being

  • Beaut – really good
  • Ripper – really good
  • Nackered – really tired / stuffed
  • Having a Barney – Having an argument
  • Pissed – unhappy (also see swearing Aussie Style)
  • Pissed – drunk
  • Sooky – whiny
  • Devvo – Devastated
  • Crook – Sick
  • Preggers – Pregnant
  • Up the duff – Pregnant
  • Starkers – completely naked
  • Snagged – stuck on something

Car Stuff

  • Ute – Pick up truck
  • Trailer – Box trailer
  • Caravan – Trailer
  • Wreckers – Junk yard
  • Boot – Trunk of a car
  • Bonnet – Hood of a car
  • Speedo – Tachometer
  • Chuck a Uey – Perform a U-turn
  • Smoke em up – Do a burn out
  • Doughies – Performing donuts
  • Jerry – Fuel can
  • Get bretho’d – Get pulled into a police random breath test
  • Get booked – charged with a crime

Clothing

  • Daks – Pants
  • Trackie Daks – Tracksuit Pants
  • Hoodie – Hooded jumper
  • Jumper – Sweater
  • Knickers – Underwear
  • Undies – Underwear
  • Scungies – Lycra undie type things that young girls often put on over the top of their normal undies if they wear skirts to school so that – to quote my daughter – “the boys don’t see my undies if I do a handstand”.
  • G Banger/ G String – A Thong
  • Thongs – Flip Flops
  • Uggies – Ugg boots /sheepskin slippers
  • Crocs – Bogan footwear half shoe/ half thong made of rubber with holes in the top

Body Parts

  • Noggin – head
  • Clacker – Bum e.g. “Got my undies stuck up my clacker” = A wedgie
  • Fanny – Vagina

Assorted Other Things

  • Bindi’s – Little weeds with spikes balls sticking out that invade lawns across the continent during summer praying on the bare feet of children.
  • Brolly – umbrella
  • Canteen – Cafeteria
  • Chucked – Vomited
  • Ciggies / Smokes – Cigarettes
  • Cyclone – Hurricane
  • Hills Hoist – A square shaped washing line that spins around and doubles as an amusement ride for small children and drunk teenagers.
  • Kindy – Kindergarten
  • Knock Off – Steal / A cheap replica / To finish work
  • Mozzie – Mosquito
  • Nicked – Stole
  • Paddock – field
  • Rip – An ocean current that silently drags you out to sea
  • Roo – Kangaroo
  • Scorcher – A really hot day
  • Slip n slide – a plastic sheet you put on an incline, add soap & water and slide down it, usually landing in a patch of bindi’s.
  • Tele – Television
  • Two Up – A gambling game that for some reason is only legal to play in Australia after 1pm on Anzac Day.

Back To Read This If You Are Having A Bad Day

 

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