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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