The following list covers a variety of things you may hear about in every day conversation. If you're visiting Australia, it's always handy to know the right word to ask for something you need.
It's interesting to learn how a slang word became popular. For example 'gasper' is slang for a cigarette. Seems rather obvious, doesn't it. Actually gasper was used as far back as 1914 during World War I by military personnel. It referred to inferior cigarettes that made a smoker gasp. No doubt doctors would argue that all cigarettes are inferior ... to our health.
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||annual Australian award show to honour excellence in the TV industry|
||movies about the American west|
||absorbent cotton, cotton balls|
||old term for a swagman's bedroll or swag|
||other people's cigarettes. Instead of buying your own you smoke OP's.|
||a cigarette you roll yourself|
||National Service, compulsory military service|
||a wind instrument traditionally made from a Eucalyptus tree or branch naturally hollowed out by termites. Invented by Aboriginals, it produces low-pitched, resonant sounds with complex, rhythmic patterns|
||small whirlwind (dust devil in USA)|