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When you first move to Australia you realise that there is a lot of abbreviated language and funny words/sayings that you need to learn pretty quickly to avoid looking silly. To help you along your way so you don’t make any embarrassing language faux pas, here is a handy translation list of Aussie Lingo for you.
For example, if someone invites you round to their place and says, “bring a plate” don’t turn up with an empty plate! They mean bring a plate of food to share with everyone. If you’re in a department store trying to find something and the assistant says it’s near Manchester, they’re not being funny, they mean it is near the bedding department. Aussies call bedding/linen, Manchester. You will be asked a lot at the checkout if you have flybys, this is an Australian loyalty program that a lot of the big retailers are part of, just like your Tesco club card!
|Far Out||Excellent, wonderful, marvellous|
|Bogan||Red neck, uncultured person|
|Galah||Silly Person….. also a species of bird|
|Tinny||Can of Beer|
|Schooner of beer||Small Pint|
|Stubby||Small Beer Bottle|
|Stubby Holder||Insulated bottle holder|
|Hungry Jacks||Burger King|
|Avo||Avocado (Aussies love em!)|
|Hot Chips||Normal Chips|
|Fairy Bread||Bread and Butter sprinkled with hundreds and thousands, commonly found at kids parties|
|Footy||Aussie Rules Football (AFL), unless you’re on the East Coast then it might be Rugby!|
|Accadacca||ACDC, Australia’s most famous and loved band|