Monday, January 12, 2015

Aussie Terms etc

I've had a few readers question our slang, and sayings in Oz, so here is a list of some of the terms/sayings/slang you may find in my novels. I'll add to this list whenever I find another word, or if you have any words you aren't sure of please contact me. I know in Kindle you can look up a word, but for readers who have a pdf version, or a print version this may help. 

Akubra: Jakaroo or Jillaroo's hat.
G'Day: hello!
Ute: Pick up: Jeep:
Alfresco:  Outdoors
Jackaroo: a male trainee station manager or station hand (a station is a big farm a grazing property) Cowboy
Jillaroo: a female trainee station manager or station hand. Cowgirl
Bindies: Burrs
Bitumen:  Sealed road. Tared road.
Esky: Small Cooler.
Esky : large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.
Joey: baby kangaroo
Cladding : Exterior of a home. Siding.
B & S: Bachelors' and Spinsters' Ball - a very enjoyable party usually held in rural areas
Barbie. Barbeque.
Barbie. A good looking blonde woman, or the Doll.
Big Smoke: Big city
Bluey: blue cattle dog.
Bog in: commence eating, to attack food with enthusiasm
Brass razoo:  he hasn't got a : he's very poor
Brumby: a wild horse
Bundy: short for Bundaberg, Queensland, and the brand of rum that's made there
Clayton's:  fake, substitute
Clucky : feeling broody or maternal
Cockie: cockatoo
Coldie : a beer
Cut snake: As mad or angry as a cut snake.
Dag : a funny person, nerd, goof
Digger : a soldier
Dunny : outside lavatory, Toilet.
Durry : tobacco, cigarette
Fair dinkum: true, genuine. He's a good guy. Answer. Fair dinkum.
Grog : liquor, beer. Bring your own grog.
Grouse: great, terrific, very good
Grose: Horrible, Terrible.
Jumbuck : sheep
Kangaroos loose in the top paddock.  Intellectually inadequate ("he's got kangaroos loose in the top paddock")
Kero : kerosene
Mallee bull. He's fit as a Malle bull.  very fit and strong. The Mallee is very arid beef country in Victoria/South Australia.
No worries: It's okay. It's all right. Thank you for doing that. No worries.
Outback : interior of Australia
Oz : Australia
Paddock : Fenced in area to keep livestock.
 Long paddock : the side of the road where livestock is grazed during droughts
Pash : a long passionate kiss. To pash off.
Perve: looking lustfully at the opposite sex
Plonk : cheap wine
Rack off : Get lost! get out of here! Go Away.
Rage : party
Sanger : a sandwich
She'll be right : it'll turn out okay
Stickybeak : nosy person
Stoked : very pleased
Stubby: a 375ml. beer bottle
Stubby holder : polystyrene insulated holder for a stubby
Sunnies : sunglasses
Thongs : cheap rubber backless sandals (although there some nice looking thongs about lately)
True blue : patriotic
Walkabout : a walk in the Outback by Aborigines that lasts for an indefinite amount of time.
Walkabout, it's gone : it's lost, can't be found
Whinge : complain
Whoop Whoop: Any area in the middle of no where.
Yabber : Talk. Chatter non stop. 
Yobbo : An uncouth person. Rough.
Yakka:  Work... it's hard yakka.
I hope this helps. :)