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AUSTRALIAN SLANG

Phrases

Many English speaking people visiting our country for the first time often find Australian English surprisingly different. For example Aussies tend to shorten words in ways that leave visitors lost: a politician is a polly, university is uni and Christmas is Chrissie.

So if you're visiting our country, keep this in mind and you'll be able to guess what we're saying.

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Nick off

Meaning: go now, get lost.
Example: Nick off you're bothering me.

No dramas!

Meaning: don't worry about it, everything is fine (same as "no worries")
Example: No dramas mate. It will work out fine.

No worries!

Meaning: don't worry about it, everything is fine (Australian Attitude)
Example: No worries mate. It will work out fine.

Ow-yar-goin

Meaning: how are you?
Example: Ow-yar-goin mate?

Pat malone

Meaning: you are on your own, alone.
Example: If you do that you are on pat malone.

Pigs bum

Meaning: that's wrong, or incorrect.
Example: Pigs bum, you're not smarter than me.

Play sillybuggers

Meaning: messing around, wasting time.
Example: Stop playing sillybuggers and finish your homework.

Pull ya head in

Meaning: I don't want to listen to you so shut up.
Example: Pull ya head in, you don't know what you're talking about.

Put a snag on the barbie

Meaning: a sausage cooked on a barbeque. That's what real Aussies cook.
Example: Come on over and we'll put a few snags on the barbie.

Rack off

Meaning: leave, you're not wanted here.
Example: Rack off, you idiot.

Rat bag

Meaning: mild insult calling someone a rascal
Example: Where you been you old ratbag!

Ridgie didge

Meaning: true or genuine article
Example: Ridgie didge! It's true, it really is gold.

She'll be apples!

Meaning: everything will be all right; giving someone assurance
Example: No worries mate. She'll be apples!

Shut ya gob

Meaning: be quiet.
Example: Aw shut ya gob or I'll hit you.

Stunned mullet

Meaning: surprised, bewildered, uncomprehending. You're said to look like a stunned mullet
    when you have no idea what's going on or what they're talking about.
Example: When she said no, he looked like a stunned mullet.

Take an early mark

Meaning: leave early from whatever you're doing 
Example: they took an early mark from work and are headed to the pub

Taking a sickie

Meaning: taking time off work when not really sick 
Example: I am taking a sickie and going fishing.

This arvo

Meaning: this afternoon.
Example: I'm going to sleep now and this arvo we'll go to the club.

Turn it up

Meaning: stop what your saying or doing as its not right
Example: Turn it up, you're making it worse.

You are a galah

Meaning: loud, rudely behaved person.
Example: Keep quiet you big galah.

You dirty grub

Meaning: dirty eater or dirty child.
Example: You dirty grub. Go change your clothes.

You little beauty, that's beaut, you bewdy

Meaning: excited approval, something has gone really well.
Example: You little beauty. I won the lottery. Reply - That's beaut mate.

Your shout

Meaning: your turn to buy the drinks
Example: Bill, it's your shout.
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