By Rachael Funk
So you’re headed for Australia. Good onya! People in Straya have a knack for nicknames, abbreviations, and euphemisms when they speak. Before you slide on your sunnies and pack up the trackie dacks, check out this guide to some popular Aussie terms so you can keep up!
Welcome to Straya!
Meaning: awesome, very cool
That AC/DC show was gold, mate.
Meaning: an inquisitive, prying person.
Mind your own business, stickybeak!
She’ll be right
Meaning: everything will be ok
No worries about the match, mate. She’ll be right.
I’ll be back this arvo!
Please don’t wear your trackie dacks on our date.
Face like a dropped pie
His dog has a face like a dropped pie.
Meaning: the phone
I'm on the blower, could you see who's at the door?
Meaning: really good
It was a ripper of a party.
Meaning: someone who’s lazy
That bludger didn’t even lock the door behind himself.
Don’t forget your sunnies.
Meaning: hitting on someone, flirting
Couldn’t tell if he was cracking onto me or if he was just friendly.
Meaning: a passionate kiss
Take Jack’s seat, he’s outside having a pash with the bartender.
Chuck a sickie
Meaning: calling in sick
Chuck a sickie and come to the beach with us.
I like to take a swim before brekkie.
Meaning: gas station
Grab some chips while you’re at the servo.
Don’t mind him, he’s just having a whinge about missing his flight.
Meaning: a toilet
Kate’s run to the dunny before we go.
Meaning: a crowded space, something that is very full
The pub was chockers today.
Meaning: unquestionably good or genuine. Also used to express approval
This beer’s fair dinkum!
Meaning: a swimsuit
Hope you’re in your togs because we’re going swimming in Sydney harbor!
Meaning: a bottle of beer
We’re out of stubbies, but there’s still a slab of tinnies.
That movie was sweet as!
Meaning: thank you
“Snagged you some Tim Tams.”
Meaning: somewhere far away from everything, middle of nowhere
The car park is chockers so we had to park in woop woop.