20 Jan 2016

Australian Sayings and Expressions

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Australians can easily be identified from a crowd by simply asking them to talk: their accent is very distinct from the British and American English. Other than the obvious difference of their accent from the others, they also have a rich history of slang. The Australian slang and pronunciation is called “strine”. Recent studies have found that the strine has rapidly deteriorated and is in danger of being lost. The principle of strine is to make the words or expressions as short as much as possible. Many foreigners have gotten in trouble from using a word that means differently in Australia. So if you have plans to go to the Land Down Under, here is a list of the most common slang and expressions used in conversations.


Ace! : Excellent! Very good!
Arvo : afternoon
Amber fluid : beer
Aussie : Australian
Beaut, beauty : great, fantastic
Big Mobs : loads, a lot of
Bloody : very
Bloody oath! : that’s certainly true
Blue : argument/mistake
Bodgy : poor quality
Bonzer : great, ripper
Bottler : something excellent
Bottling :
his blood’s worth:
he’s an excellent, helpful bloke
Buckley’s chance :
(you’ve got)
no chance
Bull dust : rubbish
Cactus : dead, broken
Cark it : to die, stop working
Chocka : full up
Click : kilometre – “it’s 20 clicks away”
Come a gutser : a bad mistake or have an accident
Come good : turn out ok
Cooee, not within : figuratively a long way away
Cost big bikkies : expensive
Cream, to : defeat by a large margin
Cut snake :
(mad as a)
very angry
Dead dingo’s donger :
(as dry as a)
Deadset : true / the truth
Dingo’s breakfast : no breakfast
Dinkum / fair dinkum : true, real, genuine
Dinky-di : the real thing, genuine
Docket : a bill, receipt
Doco : documentary
Drink with the flies : to drink alone
Dunny rat :
(cunning as a)
very cunning
Exy : expensive
Fair dinkum : true, genuine
Fair go : a chance / break
Fair suck of the sav! : exclamation of wonder, awe, disbelief
Furphy : rumour
G’Day : hello!
Give it a burl : try it, have a go
Give it away : give up
Going off : good fun
Good oil : useful information, a good idea, the truth
Good onya : well done
Grouse : great, terrific
Heaps : a lot
Iffy : dodgy
It’s gone walkabout : it’s lost, can’t be found
Kangaroos loose
in the top paddock :
Intellectually inadequate
Kick the bucket : to die
Knock back : refuse
London to a brick : absolute certainty
Lunch :
(who opened their?)
OK, who farted?
Mate’s rate : cheaper than usual for a friend
Mate’s discount : cheaper than usual for a friend
No worries! : no problem / its okay
Nun’s nasty :
(as dry as a)
very dry
Piece of piss : easy task
Pig’s arse! : I don’t agree
Plate, bring a : Instruction to bring a plate of food to a party
Pozzy : position
Quid, make a : earn a living
Rack off : get lost! get out of here!
Reckon! : for sure
Ridgy-didge : original, genuine
Right : okay
Ripper : Great
Rooted : ruined, broken
She’ll be apples : It’ll be all right
She’ll be right : it’ll be okay
Sparrows fart : dawn
Strewth : exclamation
Stoked : very pleased
Stuffed, I’ll be : expression of surprise
Too right : definitely
Turps, hit the : go on a drinking binge
Zack, not worth a : not worth anything



1. Kangaroos loose in a top paddock
Eccentric, not very intelligent. It’s almost the same as another saying that goes “empty cans rattle louder”.
2. I’ll be stuffed!
This is an experience of surprise. When people go screaming “I’ll be stuffed” they may have received some news worth exclaiming about and not on their way to a buffet to eat.
3. Like a mad woman’s breakfast
A mad woman’s breakfast is all messy and scattered. Any place that is like a mad woman’s breakfast is messy and must be really filthy.
4. Face like a dropped pie
Ugly. The sight of a pie dropped on the floor losing all of its former glory is not exactly a pretty sight. It makes one wonder how a person must look when compared to a dropped pie.

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