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10 Awesome Aussie Slang Words!

January 25, 2018 by Woolshed Backpackers , ,

Think you know English? Probably not Down Under! The aussie lingo is a world of its own, and we absolutely love it!

To help you blend it with the crowd tomorrow night on Australia Day, we’ve gathered some of our all time favourite slang words. Ace, mate!

BONZA

= AWESOME, EXCELLENT, TERRIFIC!
🌟👌 😇 Also try alternative spelling ‘BONZER’, or ‘BEAUT’, ‘BEAUTY’ or ‘RIPPER’!

 

 

BANANA BENDER

= a person from (or in) sunny Queensland, where people seemingly have nothing better to do than laze around and bend bananas. 🍌🌴🍌🌿🍌

 

BATHERS

= SWIMWEAR. Why call them swimwear or bikinis when you can say ‘bathers’ ‘cozzie’ ‘togs’ or ‘swimmers’? 😂🌊👙🏝️🇭🇲

P. S. This pic is from the FREE waterpark Wetside, just a short bike ride from the hostel. 😊 A perfect cooldown for hot days!

 

STUBBIE

= a 375 ml beer bottle. Now, ordering beer in Oz can be wildly confusing. Different states use different sizes for the same name. A ‘PINT’ is usually 570 ml while a ‘SCHOONER’ is usually 425 ml. Or just stick with your stubbies! ☝️🍻🍺😉

 

GOON

= cheap boxed wine. A popular use of the package is turning it into a so-called ‘GOON CROWN’ and put it on ones head to show everyone that you are King/Queen of the Goon. 😵😸👑🍷

 

THONGS

= FLIP-FLOPS. Thought these are sandals or flip-flops? Naah, over here everyone wears thongs to the beach! 🏖️🌊👙

 

HARD YAKKA

= HARD WORK. Precisely what learning all these words is. 😉

 

SUNNIES

= SUNGLASSES. But it doesn’t stop there. Aussies love shortening their words, to hilarious extents. Here are just a few… :

MOZZIE = MOSQUITO
BREKKIE = BREAKFAST
SICKIE = SICK DAY
TRADIE = TRADER
BRICKIE = BRICKLAYER
TRUCKIE = TRUCK DRIVER
BIKKIE = BISQUIT
BRIZZIE = BRISBANE
CRISSY = CHRISTMAS
LIPPY = LIPSTICK
COCKI = COCKROACH, OR COCKATOO
COLDIE = A BEER
FOOTY = FOOTBALL
ROLLIE = A CIGARETTE YOU ROLL YOURSELF
YEWY = U-TURN

Free BBQ at the Woolshed Backpackers!

SNAGS ON THE BARBIE

= SAUSAGES ON THE BARBEQUE. And if someone offers you a ”kangaroo banga on the barbie” you know you’re eating kangaroo!

 

ARVO

=AFTERNOON. Not to be confused with the much loved ‘avo’ 🥑 avocado.