Wednesday, October 9, 2013

His: Living in America - Aussie Lingo

     I believe the text books are wrong when they say the official language of Australia is English. My answer would be that the official language is Australian which is "mostly English but with an Aussie twist". There are many times when I have used Australian lingo whilst in America and got blank stares as they have no clue what I meant. The list below is just a small sample of Aussie phrases and lingo.


Hatches, Matches and Dispatches: This is what my mum called the personal announcement section of the newspaper classifieds. (The birth, engagement/marriage and funeral notices)
Carrying on like a pork chop: This is one of my sister's favourite sayings. I hadn't heard this until we were there this summer but it quickly became a favourite. It means someone is whining and being a brat.
Have a Captain Cook: To go take a look at something. Captain Cook was the Captain of the Endeavour and was the first known Europeans to discover the east coast of Australia.
Out past the Black Stump: Out in the middle of nowhere. Can really mean anywhere outside of the city as there are a number of black stump attractions throughout the country.
Spit the Dummy: Someone who is having a temper tantrum. A Dummy is what a pacifier is called in Australia. "Chucking a Wobbly" means the same thing.
Flat out like a lizard drinking: Someone that is extremely busy. Similar to the "running around like a chicken with its head cut off" expression.
Happy as Larry: Someone who is really happy. I don't know who Larry was but he must have been a happy bloke.
Looks like a dog's breakfast: Something that is messy or not kept neat.
Fair crack of the whip: To give someone a fair chance. Another similar term used in Australia is "fair suck of the sav".
It's your shout: It's your turn to buy a round of drinks. 
What do you think this is - Bush Week? Normally said to someone who does something stupid or unsafe.
Your blood's worth bottling: Someone who has done something kind or great. It is a big compliment.

There are many more sayings that are used around Australia on a daily basis and I hope to share more in a future blog post. What is your favourite Aussie saying?

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