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AUSTRALIAN COLLOQUIALISMS (SLANG)

“Don't be a drongo!” Make your stay in Oz more enjoyable. Pick up some of the local idiom before you visit...

Ankle Biter

small child

Arvo

afternoon

Back Of Bourke

middle of nowhere, also called 'beyond the black stump'

Bail Out

exit, leave

Banana Bender

person who resides in Queensland

Bludger

lazy person, not working

Beaut

fantastic, wonderful, the best

Billy

pot of tea

Bingle

motor vehicle accident

Bizzo

business bloke

Blowie

blowfly

Blue

fight (have a fight/blue)

Bluey

bluebottle jellyfish

Bogan

unkempt slack messy person with low education

Bonzer

fabulous, great, cool, ripper

Boddle a Warda

plastic bottle of spring water, Cooroy Mtn Spring Water preferred

Bugga

bad luck, oops

Cark It

to die

Catch Ya Later

goodbye

Chick

girl, woman

Chook

chicken

Chuck A Wobbly

lose one's temper

Cozzie

swimmers (NSW), also known as 'togs' (QLD) & 'bathers' (Vic, SA) depending on the State, can be called 'budgie smugglers" in the case of male speedos.

Cobber

friend, mate

Coo-ee

hello (outdated), can be yelled out when looking for someone in the bush or can be used as a negative adjective, eg. 'There's nothing within coo-ee of here!"

Croweater

a South Australian person

Dead Horse

tomato sauce

Dead Set

genuine

Real Dob

to tell on

Dole Bludger

person who lives off Social Security & does not make any effort to get a job

Dinky Die

genuine article or item

Dole

government payment to people who don't work

Do Your Block

lose your cool (temper)

Dob

to tell on

Drongo

idiot, stupid person

Dunno

I don't know

Dunny

toilet

Earbash

to talk non-stop

Fair Dinkum

true, real, honest

Fair Go

give us a break

Galah

noisy person acting like an idiot

Good On Ya

good job

G'day

hello, have a good day

Goon

really cheap alcohol, particularly very cheap cask wine

Grog

alcoholic drinks

Have A Geez

to have a look (at something)

Hicksville

outback country town

How Are Ya

greeting, warm welcome

Iffy

questionable

Knackered

tired, exhausted

Hooligan

idiot or troublemaker, generally associated with someone who commits mindless acts of violence or destruction

Larrikin

usually used in an affectionate way, a 'larrikin' is a troublemaker, but a harmless or loveable one

Joe Blake

snake

Lemon

useless, faulty thing

Lob In

visit someone

Loo

toilet

Mozzies

mosquites

Muso

musician

No Worries

it's not a problem

Oodnagalabie

very far away, isolated, see also 'Back of Bourke' & 'Whoop-Whoop'

Pike

to quit or back out of something you said you would do

Pissed

drunk

Pissed Off

annoyed & angry

Plonk

wine (usually cheap wine)

Ratbag

idiot

Ring-in

foreigner, someone not invited or that should not be there

Ripper

great, cool, fabulous

Rooted

stuffed, tired, exhausted

Sandgroper

person from Western Australia

She'll Be Right

everything is okay

Sheila

woman

Shonky

not to be trusted, doesn't work properly

Spunk

good-looking person, adjective = 'spunky'

Stubbies

short workshorts for men, also a small bottle of beer

Take The Piss

make fun of, ridicule

Tall Poppies

successful people, 'Tall Poppy Syndrome'" is the desire to undercut those who are more sucessful

Thingamajig

an item or thing

Too Right

I agree

True Blue

true, real

Tucka

food

Thongs

flip-flops, rubber sandals (the underwear is called a 'g-string' here)

Uo-roo

goodbye

Whinge

to moan & complain

Whoop-whoop

outback

Wowser

boring, conservative person

Yobbo

unintelligent or crude person-usually male

Youse

means 'you' (plural)

Your Shout

your turn to buy a drink

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