One thing I have really enjoyed since I have moved to Australia is the very inventive and quaint “Aussie Slang”.
So today, I am sharing with you some of these Australian colloquialisms I hear on a regular basis and which, more often than not, bring a smile to my face! As you will notice, Australians love shortening words and add the suffixes -ie -y or -o!
This Arvo = this afternoon
A Barbie = Down Under, not a doll but a barbecue!
Brekkie/brekky = breakfast
Chokers = very full
A chook = a chicken; a woman
To be/feel crook = to be or feel unwell
Some dosh = some money
A dunny = a toilet
An esky = a portable cooler (an essential when you live in Australia – originally a brand)!
A galah = a foolish or stupid person (originally a bird)
G’day = hello
Iffy = questionable, risky
Jim-Jams = pyjamas
A mozzie = a mosquito
No worries! = No problem!
A pav = a pavlova (the national dessert par excellence)
A postie = a postman
A prezzie = a present
A Sheila = a woman
A sickie = time off work
A snag = a sausage
A sook = a coward or a cry-baby
A spider = a drink made of fizzy soft drink topped with ice-cream (yes, seriously)!
A stickybeak = a busy-body
A stinker = a very hot day; anything difficult or unpleasant
Sunnies = sunglasses
Togs = a swimming costume
To go walkabout = to wander off or disappear
This is only a very short sample so feel free to add any words or phrases you have heard yourself or stories involving Australianisms!