Australian slang is informal language used in Australia.
This guide should be viewed as an informal and fun introduction to some Australian idiosyncrasies, rather than a guide on how to communicate.
Increasing globalisation and a move away from rural living has seen Australian English adopt a lot of American terms while at the same time romanticising words commonly associated with the bush. Australians mostly view their slang as being uniquely Australian and an integral part of their culture. Judging by the amount of Australian slang books available on the shelves, it remains of interest to travellers too.
Many parts of Australian slang have their origins outside Australia, particularly in England and Ireland. Don't be surprised if many terms seem familiar. However, don't assume that similar slang expressions have the same meaning to Australians as they might in other countries. An attempt to use some Australian slang will likely be viewed as an attempt to mock, rather than as a genuine attempt to speak the local dialect. It's better to use the guide to interpret Steve Irwin's TV shows.
English speaking travellers are best advised just to speak clearly, as most Australians are used to a variety of accents. However, it can never hurt to say "G'day, How ya goin'" to an Aussie. You can also ask for your chips to take-away, rather than friesto go.
Hello. Often combined with How ya doin' / goin'
How ya goin'
How are you?
How ya doin'
How are you?
How is it hanging?
(Direct translation: How comfortable are your testicles) How are you feeling?
Not bad mate
Not bad mate(friend)
No worries / No drama
You're welcome (in response to thank you)
Way to get attention
That is okay (in response to sorry
She'll be apples / It'll be right
Everything will be ok / go to plan
See ya later
See you later
Take it easy
it's not goodbye it's 'take it easy'
Have a good one
Have a good day / night / weekend / etc
Do you root?
Would you like to have intercourse?
Could I have some more please
Can I have some more of that Item?
afternoon, eg "Let's meet for a schooner this arvo".
Years, commonly used to convey an exaggerated view of time, eg "I haven't seen you in yonks".
Shorter for later on, eg "I'll save it for ron".
Short amount of time, 5 minutes up to an hour.
Any short break from work
A name often given to Blue Cattle dogs
(Note that seemingly uniquely, Australians use insults affectionately as well. It is commonplace to greet one's closest friends with the foulest combination expletives and slurs as possible, preferably creatively arranged.)
Damn - a common expression of disappointment, not offensive to most.
an idiot or a fool.(a type of bird)
very commonly used for an idiot.
Someone who is egotistical and likes to stir trouble, a generally dislikeable person.
Fast food also used instead of "to go" when ordering food.
Takeaway from a restaurant
drunk (as opposed to pissed off, which means to be annoyed)
To scrounge off a friend, as in scab a feed.
To scrounge through the local rubbish tip / local council clean up piles
To be lazy, or to scab, as in bludge a feed.
alcoholic drink, likely beer.
Cheap low-quality wine.
Plonk in a cask.
Anybody at all, typically used only to refer to men, used as an informal address for strangers ("G'day, mate"), as a name placeholder for friends, and as a term for friends in general ("Invite your mates around").
Similar to 'mate' but used for women. Or from a woman to male. Depending on context can ether be + or - eg, "Now listen here love" "what shall it be love" "want a drink love"
Proud and boastful person, abbreviated form of 'fuck I'm good, just ask me'.
Working family member. Someone who never seems to catch a break but always try's that little harder than most every step forwards sees them two steps back.
Smackhead, as in, a heroin addict.
A crude, uncultured Aussie.
Anyone from the next state south (not often used) Is used by people that live in New South Wales/Queensland when referring to someone that lives in Victoria/New South Wales.
An American (pejorative). Abbreviated form of rhyming slang 'septic tank'.
A New Zealander
An Englishman (Is an insult if used by anyone but an Aussie). Prisoner Of Mother England.
Someone who scabs
Person with red hair. Derived from Orangutan.
Someone from a rural area, whom generally lives off/with the land eating what they catch, raise, grow gather & utilise all around them in a innovative manor like hanging the exhaust up with a coat hanger or posting a shed or shack with trees.
A Chat; person who is unclean
areas outside of major cities and towns.
the deserts of inland Australia
The middle of nowhere (eg: So I was stuck out whoop whoop...) It is a short 'oo' sound, like in 'pull', not long like in 'choose'. Also an actual town in the middle of the Australian bush.
Beyond the black stump
An imaginary point beyond which the country is considered remote or uncivilised
Back of Beyond
Even further than beyond the black stump. Really far.
Thick, snotty bush
Service Station (Petrol Station)
Bottle Shop (Liquor Store)
Pharmacy (also used), Drug Store
Seller of newspapers, magazines, and candy
Small shop selling drinks, sandwiches, candy, hot chips, and so on