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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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    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

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