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.
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?