Dec 242022
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The Australian Slang Dictionary is a comprehensive guide to the colourful idioms of Australia.

Driving in Australia can be expensive for Yanks. We had a friend who insisted on driving here and rented a car. By the time he got back to his hotel, he had to change two flat tires. Why? Because he kept hitting the curb really hard.

Yanks, of course, drive on the wrong side of the road. Just as important is the fact that the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. This means you have a whole lot of car on your left that wasn’t there before. That’s why he kept hitting the curb.

You can imagine how he handled our roundabouts. The few they have in the states are generally small and in residential streets. So if you see a car going against the flow of traffic or just sitting there afraid to go, it could be a Yank.

Yellow Canarysticker put on your windscreen when your vehicle is deemed to be unroadworthy by the police
Prangcar crash
Panel Beatershop or person that does body repairs to cars
Petrol Stationservice station (gas station) for cars
Servoservice station (gas station) for cars
Petrolshort for petroleum, gasoline
Bowsergas pump
Clicks, Klicks, Kkilometre (approximately 0.62 miles)
Passpass each other driving in opposite directions
Roundaboutcircular divider in an intersection that controls the flow of traffic. Used instead of traffic lights or stop signs.
Zebra crossingpedestrian crossing, named for the painted striped lines on the roadway
Clearwayno parking
Car Parkparking lot
Sealed Roadpaved road
Bitumenblacktop, asphalt
Tyre Ironcrowbar
Shank’s Ponyon foot
Billy Cartgo-kart made by children
Draywagon pulled by horses or bullocks

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