We in Australia are habitually using slang for most of the words used in English. Even though we don’t have a different language than English to communicate, we prefer our slang.
Aussies are unique that way.
Starting from addressing a carrying mom we begin our journey and here you go with the list of slangs we use for kids and children.
Australian Slang About Children
A Lie Down – Taking a power nap during the day. A short sleep for a few minutes during the day
Ankle Biter – A small child but not a baby though
Billy Cart – small children make play model of go-kart
Billy Lid kid or tin lid kid – a rhyming slang
Bunny Rug – babies blanket used to cover them during cold winter
Capsul – the car seat used exclusively for babies
Carpet Grubs – very small babies, infant
Carry Cot – bassinets or cribs that are portable. A cot is a crib
Chuck a wobbly / Do his/her nut/hissy fit – throwing a tantrum
Chewie – chewing gum
Chokkie – Baby’s all-time favorite chocolates
Dummy – pacifier to stop a baby from crying
Floaties – the wings used in water to help kids swim
Fairy floss – cotton candy pink in color and very soft, chewie
Happy Little Vegemite – Child is referred like this when they well behave to others
Ice block / icy pole – popsicle
Kiddiwink/ little buggers/ littlie – small child, infant, toddler
Kindie – kindergarten
Lollies – Candies
Nappies – baby napkins/ diapers
Nurse the Baby – just holding the baby. However, in America, it refers to feeding the baby
Pusher/ Pram / perambulator – baby stroller
Port – a bag in which kids carry books to school. In short, a school bag
Up the Duff / Preggers – carrying mom, pregnant
Treadly / Push-bike – motorless bicycle
Rug Rat – baby
Sprogs – children, offspring
Waggin’ school – playing truant (staying away from school without any communication)
Top 3 reasons we need a kids dictionary in Aussie slang
- Connect with kids
It is always easy to make kids obey by not being strict but connecting with them in a playful manner. That’s exactly what we do when we talk to them using our slang. Yes, we call nappies for napkin, chokkies for chocolate, and lollies for lollypops. Kids will easily remember and will learn fast to communicate. This is the way we play with our kids and start building their vocabulary.
- Educate visitors
Not only kids but even visitors who come to our place find it easy with the slang when we explain them once.
- For mere fun!
Above all, we love to have fun and we have chosen this unique way to have fun. Our slang is indeed enterprising to both the user and the listener.