Australians may well be the laziest nation in the world when it comes to speaking. Any words containing more than three syllables are chopped in half and an ‘O’ is added on the end. For example Afternoon becomes Arvo, Ambulance becomes Ambo and Bottle Shop becomes Bottlo. Easy, isn’t it?
This list should help you get by in almost any conversation:
beaut. as in ‘You beaut.’ If something is considered good
big smoke. The city.
billabong. A waterhole.
billy. Container for boiling tea.
blowy. Blow fly
bludger. Lazy person
blue. A row, quarrel, fight, as in We had a blue.
Bluey. Nickname for a redhead. How about that?
Blue bottle. A blue jelly fish shaped like a bottle.
bonza. Excellent, attractive, really great.
bottlo, bottle shop. Liquor store.
box. A crate of 24 beers. See slab and case
bunyip. A fictitious rabbit
bush telegraph. The local gossip network.
bush. Country, as in the bush (the country) and go bush (leave the city).
bushed. Extremely tired.
butt. Buttocks, bottom, also cigarette.
cadge. Impose on another's generosity, also borrow without intent to repay.
cadger. One who cadges. top
case. A crate of 24 beers. See slab and box
chips. Potato chips or crisps
chinwag. A chat, conversation.
cobber. Mate, friend. .
codger. Bloke, man, especially elderly and a little odd, as in silly codger.
corker. Something striking or astonishing, or something very good of its kind.
corroboree. Aboriginal assembly or gathering of festive, sacred or warlike character.
crook. Sick, ill, as in He's crook.
digger. Australian soldier, especially one who served in World War I.
ding.Dent,A damaged section of a car, bike, surfboard, etc. There are other meanings.
dinki-di. Also dinky-di. See fair dinkum
dinkum. True blue, real, genuine.
Dirty Coathanger. nickname for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
drongo. Slow-witted or stupid person.
dunny. An outside toilet.
fang it. This has a few slang meanings, but usually means either (1) to exert force so someone will lend or give you something, or (2) to appropriate what's not yours.
footy. Rugby league (NSW/QLD) Aussie Rules (VIC,SA,WA,TAS)
furphy. Rumor, false story.
gee-gees. Horses, often applied to horse racing.
go. Chance or turn, as in Give me a go, or Give the bloke a fair go, matey. Also way, as This is the go.
good guts. Accurate information (which could cause someone's downfall).
goodie. Something nice, as in a bag of goodies.
greenie. An environmentalist. Sometimes used deprecatingly.
grog. Alcohol. beer, spirits.
grouse. Very good, as in grouse shiela.
hard yacka. . Hard work.
Harry Lime . Time
hassle. v. Give problems, complications or aggravations, as in Don't hassle me, mate.
hassles. n. Problems, complications, aggravations, as in I got into a lot of hassles, or Spare me the hassles.
homestead. Main residence on a sheep or cattle station (ranch or farm).
Hot chips. Cooked potato chips
larry. A hoe with a hole in the centre for mixing cement .
mate. Anyone's a mate, especially when you're trying to strike some kind of rapport, as in the greeting G'day mate.
middy. A middle-sized (285ml) glass, usually of beer. Also see schooner.
mug. A fool, one easily duped.
ocker. True Australian workingman; boorish, uncouth.
ol' man. Father.
onkus. Bad, unacceptable
open slather. Free-for-all, anything goes.
Oz. Australia or Australian
slab. A crate of 24 beers. See box and crate
smoko. A break from work in the morning or afternoon, tea break, smoke break
soccer. English football
strewth. Statement of exclamation
Stubbies. A brand of workman’s shorts
stubby. 375mL bottle of beer
swagman. Bushman or nomadic bush traveler
thongs. Sandles or flip-flops
too right. I agree
Top End. The Northern Territory
ute. Small truck, short for utility truck.
walkabout. a period of wandering, usually in reference to Aborigines. Also someone who does so.
Water hole Pub
yobbo. Loutish, surly youth.
You right mate. Are you OK?