What slang words or phrases are unique to Australia? I was speaking to someone from America a few days ago and they found it interesting that I said "I reckon" to mean "I think". I didn't realise only Australians use this phrase. What other slang words or phrases are used here (obviously everyone knows g'day)?
'A kangaroo short in the top paddock'
'Built like a brick dunny'
'Good as gold'
'Beyond the Black Stump'
'Back o' Bourke'
'Flat out like a lizard drinking'
'A sandwich short of a picnic'
'Mad as a cut snake'
'Back along the Track'
'As mad as a two-bob watch'
'Taking coals to Newcastle'
'Don't get ya knickers in a twist'
'That's a Furphy'
'Mine's still running' (slow racehorse!)
Mortein' TV advert 'Louie da Fly'
'When you're on a good thing, stick to it' (old Mortein advert),
AND, of course........
From a personal perspective, I can't stand slang and think it's a lazy way of speaking, however I do understand the uniqueness that is generated in identifying Australian nationalism. My father ALWAYS used this turn of phrase which I abhorred growing up ... SHE'LL BE RIGHT MATE.
She'll be right mate ----just love it. Very Australian and is a good way of summing up the Australian attitude….everything will be alright because Australian's have a way of making exactly that happen. Not a whine or a complaint…just get on with it.
My dad was born in Udine which is on the Austrian/Slovenian/Italian border but he obviously picked up the phrase in Australia and just loved using it. Just per your mum, it irritated not just me but the whole family AND I'm sure he kept saying the phrase to annoy us even more ... or "stir the pot" as he would love to state !
OMG, too many to list! But gotta say -
'No worries/No wucken furries/No wuckers
'Useless as tits on a bull'
'Built like a brick shithouse'
'Running around like a blue-ass fly'
'Up shit-creek without a paddle'
'Wouldn't know his ass from his elbow'
The more I think about it, the more I remember - I could be here all night!
Hoo roo kangaroo
In a while crocodile.
He's as mad as a two bob watch
He was behind the door when brains were given out
You'll be late for your own funeral
So many more as I try to recall my grandmother's words of wisdom.