There are certainly stereotypes of Aussies, not helped by films like “Crocodile Dundee” or perhaps a certain episode of “The Simpsons.” However, it is true that some of those catchphrases we associate so well with Australia have some truth to them. So here are some phrases we translated that can help you down under:
- Flat out – Busy
- Bloke – A man
- Mate – A friend
- How ya goin? – How are you? How are you doing?
- Fortnight – Two week period
- Snag- Sausages cooked at a BBQ
- G’day – Hello, Good day
- Chook – Chicken
- To be crook – To be sick, ill
- BYO – Bring your own alcohol
- I reckon – I think
- No worries – It’s not a problem, don’t worry
- Shout – To buy someone a drink and take a turn to pay
There are many, many more. But truly, never heard is “the dingo ate your baby.” Don’t even try it.
For more info on slang and colloquialisms, visit this link http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/slang/