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Do you know what is the difference between Australian time slangs and American time slangs? This article will help you understand these differences and give you a list of Australian time slangs in English.

Being so far from Australia, Yanks often have it really tough understanding the time differences. Even our dating system can cause confusion. Like most of the world, Australia uses the format day, month, year while Americans use month, day, year. 11/12/04 would be the 11th of December to an Aussie while a Yank would say it’s November 12th.

Australian time-related slangs prove that the Aussie way is not just a matter of lazy lapping waves and daydreams. It is a culture all its own. The day starts with “bonzer,” which is used to describe everything from an amazing surf, to a nice-looking person. “Bonza” means good. “Banging” means great or outstanding and “arseways” means opposite or wrong.

So if you’re planning to meet, make sure you’re both talking about the same day.

Tealight meal late afternoon or main meal in the evening, also a drink
Fortnightgenerally 14 days, but if said “Monday fortnight” it means not next Monday, but the one after that.
Yonksa long period of time
Ronlater on
Smokoa break which includes eating and drinking, as well as a cigarette if you get the opportunity. Initially referred to as a cigarette break.
SickieRefers to a day off (from work) when you feel lazy and wanted to do other things.
Holidaysusually refers to time off work, vacation
Cup Daypublic holiday when everyone watches the Melbourne Cup
Ekka Daypublic holiday in Brisbane for the Ekka (state fair in USA)
Break-up Daylast day of school
The Wetrainy season during summer in tropical northern Australia

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