Thursday’s Thirteen: Aussie Slang


In my first book, Windswept Shores, which will be out in 6/3/2010, in a week, my hero Seth is an Aussie. So of course I have him speak with a lot of slang or what they call in Austrilia strine.

Here is thirteen Aussie slang words, in no particular order: (And yes this is a repost, but don’t let that stop you for leaving a comment.)

 

  1. G’day–good day, a greeting. Usually conbine with . . .
  2. Mate–a buddy, or best friend, or someone you just met and don’t know their name yet, and you greet them with “G’day, mate.”
  3. Your shout–if you value your life, you will buy the next round of drinks.
  4. Brekky–the first meal of the day.
  5. Tea–the last meal of the day.
  6. Bloke–a man who you don’t know.
  7. Shelia–a woman, but its old and not use a lot anymore except by . . .
  8. Oldies–your parents, or old folks. Used by those under seventeen for anyone over the age of twenty.
  9. Chook–chicken, yes the kind that clucks.
  10. College–a private school, usually High School not collage in states or . . .
  11. Uni–University, or what we call collage in the states.
  12. Tucker–food, that stuff you tuck into your belly or tucker sack.
  13. Owsyerottenbleedinluckeh–Thought to be the longest word in the Austrialian language, it translates as things are not turning out as planed.

17 comments on “Thursday’s Thirteen: Aussie Slang

  1. Cool! I heard essayist David Sedaris mention “shouting” lunch to buy for his friends while in Australia. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to travel with his book tours…

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