It seems that Jingle Bells (Aussie Style) may have left a
few puzzled looks on some of your dials (Faces) so a
rundown on a bit of our lingo (language) might help.
“Holden ute” is a pickup made by GMH, General Motors
“Bush” Is not your President, it’s what we call the “woods”
“Esky” is an ice powered food/DRINK container.
“Kelpie”is a working cattle dog.
“Singlet” is a sleeveless undershirt, dark blue colour (color)
preferred for manual workers like shearers and truckers.
“Swaggie” is our swagman, your hobo, he is so named for
the swag, or bedroll, he carried, this also came to be known
as his matilda, Who’ll come a "waltzing matilda" with me?”
is our unofficial national anthem, written by my favourite
poet A.B. (Banjo) Paterson. sometimes misspelled, even
by me, as Patterson.
“Thongs” are a cheap rubber slip-on sandal.
“Snap” is the family photo.
“Shoot through” is to leave/depart.
“Washing up” for all you youngsters, is what happened to
the dirty dishes before dishwashers.
OK, now I hope that helped, but before y’all start gettin’
uppity, I’ll quote a few of your quirky words and meanin’s;
“Heidi” (noun) a greeting.
“Hire yew” remainder of greeting, “Heidi, Hire yew.”
“Bard” (verb) Past tense of the infinitive “to borrow”
usage; “My brother bard my pickup truck.”
“Jawjuh” (noun) The State north of
“My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck.”
“Munts” (noun) a calendar division, usage;
“My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck and I
ain’t herd from him in munts.”
“Ranch” (noun) A tool used for tight’nin’ bolts, usage;
“I think I left my ranch in the back of that pickup truck
my brother from Jawjuh bard a few munts ago.”
“All” (noun) A petroleum based lubricant, usage;
“I sure hope my brother from Jawjuh puts all in my
“Tar” (noun) A rubber wheel, usage; “Gee, I hope my
brother from Jawjuh don’t get a flat tar in my
“Jew here” (noun) and (verb) contraction, usage;
“Jew here that brother of mine from Jawjuh got a job
with that bob war fence cump’ny’?”
“Bob war” (noun) A sharp, twisted cable, usage;
“Boy, stay away from that bob war fence.”
“Farn” (adjective) Not domestic, usage;
“I cuddint unnerstand a wurd he sed… must be frum
sum farn country.
And WE talk funny!!!!