Thursday, 18 September 2008


It's a sleepy afternoon at the office. So, when the latest Intrepid Adventure newsletter arrived in my mailbox, I started reading the travel tales. Now this is interesting.

I know the Aussies are notorious for shortening words like brekky (breakfast), sanga (sandwich), snag (sausage), barbie (barbecue) but I never knew about the rhyming slang. For example, to have a 'Captain Cook' is to have a look. Your 'china plate' is your mate and the 'billy lids' are the kids.

Upon further checking, I found out that a simple minded person is also known as the Wombat which happens to be my favourite Aussie animal, and that a Yobbo is a loutish, surly youth. Here are some really cute ones that put a smile on my face:

Ankle biter - a small or young child
Cakehole - mouth
Crapper - toilet
Dunny - an outside toilet, lavatory
Dick stickers - mens brief style bathers
Hair of the dog - an alcoholic drink taken to relieve a hangover
Hard yacka - hard work
She'll be apples - all is well
Spit the dummy - get very upset about something

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this.

Hooroo - goodbye!!


mooiness said...

Dunno if there were already on that list but here's a few more for ya:

Not happy Jan! - said when you are, well, not happy :D

Bob's your uncle - said when something has been done, or can be done. Example, "Bung it in the oven and Bob's your uncle!"

Loo - another term for toilet. Incidentally, there's a suburb of Perth called "Innaloo". Awesome.

Stubbie = a beer bottle

Budgie smugglers = Speedo swim trunks

Sunnies = sunglasses

Wanker = tosser = ... you should know this one. Hah!

Amel said...

That's VERY interestingggg!!! :-))) THANKS for sharing, also to Mooiness!

Blur Ting said...

Mooiness - Awesome! Some are completely new to me! I would be completely lost if you start talking to me like this!!

The World According To Me said...


I must admit, we tend to use a lot of those expressions in the UK. Particularly hair of the dog, spit your dummy out, Bob's your uncle and cake hole!
(Never heard of dick stickers, hard yacka and she'll be apples though.)

How about these, have you heard of these?

Up the apple and pairs - up the stairs
Where's my whistle and flute - where's my suit
Would you Adam and Eve it - would you believe it
Meet my trouble and strife - meet my wife

Anonymous said...

And a few more:
You beauty - when something is really good
So if Joe Bloe's watching - if someone is watching
My giddy aunt - similar to OMG
'Til the cow comes home - you should know this one
Dinky dai - truly australian

Blur Ting said...

World - Well, most of them originated from Europe, so they brought the slangs too.

I've not heard of those new ones you mentioned though.

Oh, I'm learning lots of fun stuff!

Blur Ting said...

CKL- My giddy aunt! LOL!!

I'll try using that tomorrow and see people's reaction! Where? Who?Which aunty? Ha ha!

The World According To Me said...

Hello again

My mum is forever saying, "Oh my giddy aunt!" It's a strange expression and I haven't actually heard anyone else use it! And once she even said. "My aunt is so giddy she has fallen over!"

The Real Mother Hen said...

Cakehole is Mouth? hahaha :)

Since I'm Asian, I shall rename it noodlehole :)

Bob's your uncle - that's really funny too.

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