Aussie LINGO

You've travelled a long way to get to Australia so in order to 'survive', we suggest you do a couple of things: Smile, relax and to truly fit in, get your head around some really weird Aussie expressions.

You've gotta understand our brutal assault on the English language so you don't stick out like dog's balls. Here are a few twisted sayings. Get to know them as you may be tested during your stay!

  1. A Cold One – Beer
  2. Accadacca – How Aussies refer to Australian band ACDC
  3. Ankle Biter – Child
  4. Arvo – Afternoon (S’Arvo – this afternoon!)
  5. Aussie Salute – Wave to scare the flies
  6. Avo – Avocado
  7. Bail – To cancel plans. ‘Bruce bailed’ = Bruce isn’t going to turn up.
  8. Barbie – Barbecue
  9. Bathers – Swimsuit
  10. Beauty! – Great! Most often exclaimed as “You Beauty”
  11. Billabong – A pond in a dry riverbed
  12. Billy – Teapot (In the Outback on the fire)
  13. Bloody – Very. Used to extenuate a point
  14. Bloody oath – yes or its true. “You right mate?”… “Bloody Oath”
  15. Bludger – Someone who’s lazy, generally also who relies on others (when it’s someone who relies on the state they’re often called a ‘dole bludger’)
  16. Bogan – This word is used for people who are, well let’s say, rednecks. Or, if you like, just call your friends a bogan when they are acting weird.
  17. Booze Bus – Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers
  18. Bottle-O – Bottle Shop, basically a place to buy alcohol
  19. Brekky – Breakfast
  20. Brolly – Umbrella
  21. Bruce – An Aussie Bloke
  22. Budgie Smugglers – Speedos
  23. Bush – “Out in the bush” – “he’s gone bush” In the countryside away from civilisation
  24. Cab Sav – Cabernet Sauvignon
  25. Cactus – Dead, Broken
  26. Choc A Bloc – Full
  27. Choccy Biccy – Chocolate Biscuit
  28. Chook – Chicken
  29. Chrissie – Christmas
  30. Ciggy – a Cigarette
  31. Clucky – feeling maternal
  32. Cobber – Very good friend. ‘Alright me ‘ol cobber’.
  33. Coldie – Beer. ‘Come over for a few coldie’s mate.’
  34. Coppers – Policemen
  35. Crack the shits – Getting angry at someone or something
  36. Crikey – an expression of surprise
  37. Crook – Being ill or angry; ‘Don’t go crook on me for getting crook’
  38. Dag – Someone who’s a bit of a nerd or geek.
  39. Daks – Trousers. ‘Tracky daks’ = sweatpants (tracksuit pants)
  40. Deadset – True
  41. Defo – Definitely
  42. Devo – Devastated
  43. Drongo – a Fool, ‘Don’t be a drongo mate’
  44. Dunny – Toilet
  45. Esky – An insulated container that keeps things cold (usually beers)
  46. Facey – Facebook
  47. Fair Dinkum – ‘Fair Dinkum?’ … ‘Fair Dinkum!’ = Honestly? … Yeah honestly!
  48. Flannie / Flanno – flannelette shirt
  49. Flat out – Really busy – “Flat out like a lizard drinking” – As busy as a bee
  50. Footy – Football (AFL / Aussie Rules)
  51. Frothy – Beer
  52. Furphy – rumours or stories that are improbable or absurd
  53. G’day – Hello
  54. Galah – an Australian cockatoo with a reputation for not being bright, hence a galah is also a stupid person.
  55. Gnarly – awesome – often used by surfers
  56. Going off – busy, lots of people / angry person “he’s going off”
  57. Good On Ya – Good work
  58. Goon – the best invention ever produced by mankind. Goon is a cheap, boxed wine that will inevitably become an integral part of your Australian backpacking experience.
  59. Hard yakka – Hard work
  60. Heaps – loads, lots, many
  61. Hoon – Hooligan (normally driving badly!)
  62. Iffy – bit risky or unreasonable
  63. Knickers – female underwear
  64. Lappy – Laptop
  65. Larrikin – Someone who’s always up for a laugh, bit of a harmless prankster
  66. Legless – Someone who is really drunk
  67. Lingo - Language
  68. Lollies – Sweets
  69. Maccas – McDonalds
  70. Mozzie – Mosquito
  71. No Drama – No problem / it’s ok
  72. No Worries – No problem / it’s ok
  73. No Wucka’s – A truly Aussie way to say ‘no worries’
  74. Nuddy – Naked
  75. Outback – The interior of Australia, “The Outback” is more remote than those areas named “the bush”
  76. Pash – to kiss
  77. Rapt – Very happy
  78. Reckon – for sure. ‘You Reckon?’… ‘I reckon!’
  79. Rellie / Rello – Relatives
  80. Ripper – ‘You little ripper’ = That’s fantastic mate!
  81. Runners – Trainers, Sneakers
  82. Sanger – Sandwich
  83. Servo – Service Station / Garage
  84. Shark biscuit – kids at the beach
  85. Sheila – A woman
  86. Shoot Through – To leave
  87. Sick – awesome; ‘that’s really sick mate’
  88. Sickie – a sick day off work, or ‘to pull a sickie’ would be to take a day off when you aren’t actually sick
  89. Skull – To down a beer
  90. Slab – A carton of beers
  91. Snag – Sausage
  92. Stoked – Happy, Pleased
  93. Straya – Australia
  94. Strewth – An exclamation of surprise
  95. Stubby – a bottle of beer
  96. Stubby Holder – Used so your hands don’t get cold when holding your beer, or to stop your hands making your beer warm!
  97. Sunnies – Sunglasses
  98. Thongs – Flip Flops. Do not be alarmed if your new found Australian friend asks you to wear thongs to the beach. They are most likely expressing their concern of the hot sand on your delicate feet.
  99. True Blue – Genuinely Australian
  100. Two Up – A gambling game played on Anzac day.
  101. U-IE – to take a U-Turn when driving
  102. Up Yourself – Stuck up
  103. Woop Woop – middle of nowhere “he lives out woop woop”
  104. Ya – You
  105. Yous – (youse) plural of you!