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Top 10 Aussie phrases to know

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Top 10 Aussie phrases to know

Posting to my favorite forum instead of the general OZ forum. :) What are your top 10 phrases that us translate should know so we don't seem so silly? I know Melbourne is pronounced malvern and Bondi bondeye and Brisbane brisbun. I have see you post "glad rags" and know what not to refer to my waistpack as. Your list?

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1. Re: Top 10 Aussie phrases to know

Darn iPhone! Tourist not translate. Melbern not malvern! Argh!

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2. Re: Top 10 Aussie phrases to know

say toilet instead of bathroom (or 'loo or dunny or tut)

dont say 'u r 'rooting' for someone or some thing'.

be careful of the use of the word 'fanny'. in fact dont use it at all.

u dont take a shower', u have one.

a tablet is something u take for an ailment, not write on.

petrol not gas

wind not gas

tap not faucet

trolley not cart (in the supermarket)

stomach ache not stomach flu

boot not trunk (on a car)

bonnet not hood (on a car)

footpath not sidewalk

bitumen not pavement ( ie. the road)

nappy not diaper

serviette not napkin (but that is marginal these days)

jam not jelly

jelly not jello

there is a heap more (that i live with every day) but am so used to them now they have become normal.

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just a couple of ones:

wearing thongs is a little different in oz.

"How's it going" is a greeting for hello. Automatic response should be "not bad" even if you're half dead!

and don't be surprised if you end up hungry after ordering an entree.

Edited: 18 March 2011, 13:51
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Laughing at some of lien's there, my (teenage) kids use nearly as many of the American versions as the Oz ones these days!

the Quay in Circular Quay is pronounced "kee" (same as we would say key)

and it's Autumn here not fall (NB Esprit clothing store that currently has fall all over its store!)

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Where do you come from Australia, oh! Austria??

This is more Yobbo language and probably not what you are after but..it may give you a laugh

G'day Steve owzagoing mate?

:Hallo Steve, how are you?

Carrn ya bl..dy mongrels

:Barracking for ones team

Goes like the Clappers

:Fast

Couldn't give a rats a.se

:Not interested

Spitting chips

:Angry

A roo short in the top paddock

:Not too bright, a bit slow

also not the sharpest tool in the shed

Show us ya t.ts

:It's nice to make your acquaintance

Ugly as a box of Blowflies

:About as ugly as it gets

septic tank (US citizen)

garbo(garbage collector)

fuzz, duck & geese(police)

grease monkey(motor mechanic)

milkie(milk vendor)

How ya goin' mate-orright?

doesn't know whether (one) is Arthur or Martha

what else did you get for Christmas!

may your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down!

didn't come down in the last shower!

I better stop, i've got the Dinkum Dictionary here,and it's endless!!

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So a thong is a summer shoe or a tiny bathing suit or undergarment? Lol. Could go both ways here!

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Burns I don't understand half of what you wrote but we are cracking up here!

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8. Re: Top 10 Aussie phrases to know

what do ya mean by "septic tank"

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who are you calling a yobbo burns? I find myself using a fair portion of those all the time! Flamin hell I'm beginning to sound like Alf Stewart, or crikey worse, Steve Irwin

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10. Re: Top 10 Aussie phrases to know

septic tank - rhyming slang for a yank

shorter more common version is a seppo. I use that one a bit, confuses the hell out of my american friends