During his recent visit to Australia, US President – Barack Obama amused us by including some Aussie slang in his speech during his State dinner in Canberra.
“When Julia and I meet, we listen to each other, we learn from each other. It`s not just a lot of earbashing…( ear bashing: non- stop chatter- nagging),” he said.
“Through a century of progress and struggle we have stood together, in good times and in bad times. We’ve faced our share of sticky wickets…”(sticky wicket: A difficult situation).
Aussie Slang and Translations
The use of the Australian slang must have been lost amongst many overseas visitors listening to the speech, which got us thinking -
“How much does the overseas visitor really understand about our language?”
With this in mind we thought we`d write a short blog (survival guide) on Australian Slang, Phrases and Translations to help you understand our lingo..(lingo: language)
Banger/ Snag: A sausage
Beer o`clock/ wine o`clock: Anytime you feel like a drink
Beat around the Bush: Not getting to the point of a conversation
Big Smoke: A city (any city)
Blowie: Blow fly
Bottle shop/ Bottle O: Liquor shop
Brizzie/ Brisvegas: Brisbane, state capital of Queensland
BYO: Bring Your Own grog
Cozzie: Swimming costume
Damper: Bread made from flour and water
Deadset: True, a sure thing
Fair dinkum: True
Gone Troppo: Used when someone goes slightly mad during our warm humid tropical months
Good onya: Good for you, well done
Grog: Liquor, beer
Mate: Buddy, friend
Mossvegas: Mossman Town (location of Mossman Gorge)
Newso: Paper Shop
No worries: No problems
Ow ya goin: How are you going
Rapt: Pleased/ delighted
Roadie: A beer you buy to take away with you or before leaving the establishment
Sanger: A sandwich
Schooner: Large glass of beer
Servo: Petrol station
She’ll be right: It’ll be fine/ok
Slab: A carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer
Smoko: Smoke or coffee break
Ta: Thank you
Togs: Swim suit
Vee dub: Volkswagen
Woop Woop: A name given to a town that is far away/town unknown.
XXXX: Pronounced Four X, a Queensland beer.
Daintree Rainforest – Aboriginal Kuku Yalanji People
The first human inhabitants of the Daintree rainforest were the Aboriginal people. They were known as the Kuku Yalanji people. There are many words and phrases that have been adapted in the Daintree Rainforest by our Indigenous Daintree Custodians
The word ”Bama” (pronounced Bumma) means: An Aboriginal person
Marrdja is a Kuku Yalanji word meaning rainforest or jungle
Dubuji :meaning place of spirits
Jindalba: meaning foot of the mountain
Wujal Wujal: meaning many falls also known as The Bloomfield Falls
Enjoy the few we`ve chosen for you and we hope to see you on a guided tour to The Daintree Rainforest and Bloomfield Falls for a more personal experience.
Thongs : cheap rubber sandals/flip flops