What the bloody hell are you talking about?
I realised the other day that not only should I check my spelling on my blog posts more often (ah stuff it, life is for living) is that there are probably a few words/phrases/etc that I use that um, might confuse anyone who doesn’t live in Australia. Sometimes even if you live in Australia.
So here is my Amazing Bloody List Of Aussie Slang That Emma Uses. I feel OK using the word ‘bloody’ in my blog posts, especially as it was also used in one of Australia’s most popular tourism ads. This a mix of words/phrases I actually use, ones I say in real life and ones friends & family use. Some are funny. Some are weird. Some are just embarrasing. Here we go!
Barbie: BBQ. Also known as: delicious
Bathers: Swim suit. Also known as: never getting one on me
Bikkie: Biscuit. Er… cookie. Not like an American biscuit, like scones.
Bogan: person who takes little pride in his appearance, spends his days slacking and drinking beer. This is not my description, but I do use it quite often.
Bottle Shop: Liquor store. Or Bottle-O.
Bourke: As in, ‘you bourke!’. My Uncle says this a lot. It means you’re an idiot. It sounds a lot nicer than idiot though.
Cark it: to die, cease functioning. i.e. ‘my stupid car has carked it’
Chewie: A piece of gum. i.e. ‘do you have any chewies? I just ate garlic’
Clacker: Er… bottom. Bum. i.e. ‘I’m gonna kick you up the clacker’. I don’t know where this comes from.
Cubby House: er… kids play house?
Dag: funny person, nerd, goof. A bit dorky.
Dob: tell on someone. i.e. ‘he dobbed on me!’
Feral: er… like… something that is unclean/unkempt/crazy. i.e. ‘my hair looks so feral today’
G’Day: I literally have never heard anyone in Australia say this to another person. Literally.
Grundies: undies, underwear (from Reg Grundy, a television person)
Ice Block: popsicle
Op shop : opportunity shop, thrift store, place where second hand goods are sold.
Rock up : to turn up, to arrive - “we rocked up at their house at 8pm”
Servo : gas station
Tea : supper
Thongs : cheap rubber backless sandals
Trackies : track suit
Whinge : complain
Wow, I didn’t realise how Australian I am. AUSSIE! AUSSIE! AUSSIE! OY! OY! OY!
p.s. - the super cool Map image is by January Jones Prints on etsy!