Australian Colloquialism

Australian English (AusE, AuE, AusEng, en-AU) is a major variety of the English language and is used throughout Australia. Although English has no official status in the Constitution.

Australians often abbreviate words and then add an ‘o’ or ‘ie’ on the end.

  • G’day – an informal and traditional Australian greeting (shortened form of “Good day”);
  • Mate - an informal friendly way of referring to someone.
  • Fortnight – this term describes a period of two weeks.
  • Barbecue, BBQ or barbie – outdoor cooking, usually of meat or seafood over a grill or hotplate using gas or coals.
  • Cuppa – a cup of tea or coffee
  • 'Drop by this arvo for a cuppa' means please come and visit this afternoon for a cup of tea or coffee.
  • Fair dinkum – honest, the truth
  • Chook – means a chicken
  • Flat out – to be very busy
  • Got to hit the frog & toad – means I am leaving or going to hit the road
  • Bloke – a man. Sometimes if you ask for help, you may get be told to 'see that bloke over there’
  • Sheila – a woman
  • How ya goin? - 'How are you going?' – means how are you, or how do you do?
  • Biro – means pen
  • Dead Horse – means pass me the sauce
  • Dog & Bone  - means the phone
  • Sandshoe – means running shoes
  • Budgie smugglers – short bathers
  • Noah Arc - shark
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