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G’day, mate – an introduction to Australian lingo

by 1st Contact | Oct 19, 2015
  • Known as “Aussie Strine”, Australian slang is one of the most colourful and descriptive forms of speech you’ll encounter. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites – a ripper of a list that will defo help you out next time you’re thinking of cracking a tinnie with a few mates.
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    Arvo: Afternoon, referring to any time after 12:00
    “I'll see you tomorrow arvo.”

    Barbie: Barbeque
    “Throw some lamb on the barbie.”

    Bogan: An uncultured person
    “Don’t be such a bogan.”

    Bikkie: Cookie or biscuit
    “Fancy a bikkie?”

    Brolly: Umbrella
    “Don’t forget your brolly, it’s damp out.”

    Chockers: Very full
    “This bar is chockers tonight.”

    Cleanskin: An unlabelled bottle of wine - usually cheaper than its labelled counterpart.
    “I’ll bring a cleanskin to the barbie – hope it’s not plonk.”

    Crack a tinnie: Open a can of beer
    “Come over tomorrow arvo and we’ll crack a tinnie.”

    Defo: Short for definitely
    “We’ll defo win the footy tomorrow.”

    Doona: A duvet or comforter
    “Not going out tonight mate, spending time with my doona at home.”

    Esky: A cooler or insulated food and drink container
    “Be a mate and pass me a tinnie from the esky.”

    Fair dinkum: True, real, genuine
    “It's true, mate, fair dinkum.”

    Milk bar: Corner shop that sells takeaway food
    “I’m off to grab some tucker from the milk bar.”

    Pash and dash: Kissing someone with no future intent
    "Did you get his number? No way, it was just a pash and dash"

    Plonk: Cheap wine
    “I’ve only got plonk, but you can still come around.”

    Ripper: Really great
    “That was a ripper of a party.”

    Slab: 24-pack of beer
    “Bring a slab to the barbie on Friday.”

    Snag: Sausage
    “I’ve only got a snag for tea.”

    Shout: Someone’s turn to buy a round of drinks
    “It’s your shout, mate.”

    Tea: Supper
    “I’ve gotta make sure I’m home for tea.”

    Tucker: Food
    “The tucker’s not great, but the drinks are pretty good.”

    Ta: Thank you
    “Ta for the lift, mate.”

    Ute: Utility vehicle or pickup truck
    “I’ll pick you up in my ute.”

    And two words of caution:
    Flake: Shark's flesh, sold in fish and chips shops
    “We’re gonna grab some flake for lunch.”

    Liquid laugh: Vomit
    “Watch out for the tucker from that milk bar – you’ll end up with a liquid laugh.”

    Are you ready to throw a chook on the barbie and have a ripper of a time with a few new mates? 1st Contact can help you with all your Australian visa questions and requirements.

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