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Rego / Registration

Rego / Registration

I have discovered that my Australian friends love shortening words and dropping a few syllables! I suppose it is an efficient way to get to the point (or beer) quicker!

One of the most common Australian abbreviation is the one with the added suffix -o (at the end of the word). Though it can be derogatory (as in drongo), it is not always the case (ambo) especially in the Australian language. The plural form of these shortened -o words is an added -es, such as amboes for ambulances!

You will find below a list of some of the words I have come across so far! Feel free to add your own!

aggro – aggressive
ambo – ambulance
arvo – afternoon
avo – avocado
bizzo – business
dero – homeless person
doco – documentary
drongo – slow-witted or stupid person
evo – evening
garbo – garbage man
milko – milkman
muso – musician
journo – journalist
rego – vehicle registration
relo – relative
Salvos – Salvation Army (stores)
sambo or sammo – sandwich
servo – service station
thingo – thing
vejjo – vegetarian

Cheerio!