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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Australian as she is spoken 3

The third episode is here.


Lair : a flashily dressed young man of brash and vulgar behaviour, to dress up in flashy clothes, to renovate or dress up something in bad taste
Lair it up : to behave in a brash and vulgar manner
Larrikin : a bloke who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster
Lend of, to have a : to take advantage of somebody's gullibility, to have someone on ("he's having a lend of you")
Lippy : lipstick
Liquid laugh : vomit
Lizard drinking, flat out like a : flat out, busy
Lob, lob in : drop in to see someone ("the rellies have lobbed")
Lollies : sweets, candy
London to a brick : absolute certainty ("it's London to a brick that taxes won't go down")
Long paddock : the side of the road where livestock is grazed during droughts
Longneck : 750ml bottle of beer in South Australia
Lucky Country, The : Australia, where else?
Lunch, who opened their? : OK, who farted?
Lurk : illegal or underhanded racket, also to hang around


Maccas (pron. "mackers") : McDonald's (the hamburger place)
Mallee bull, as fit as a : very fit and strong. The Mallee is arid beef,sheep and wheat country in Victoria/South Australia.
Manchester : Household linen, eg sheets etc.
Mappa Tassie : map of Tasmania - a woman's pubic area
Mate : buddy, friend
Mate's rate, mate's discount : cheaper than usual for a "friend", also the five finger discount, free... stolen
Matilda : swagman's bedding, sleeping roll
Metho : methylated spirits
Mexican : a person from south of the Queensland border
Mickey Mouse : excellent, very good. Beware though - in some parts of Australia it means inconsequential, frivolous or not very good!
Middy : 285 ml beer glass in New South Wales
Milk bar : Deli, corner shop that sells takeaway food
Milko : milkman
Mob : group of people, not necessarily troublesome
Mob : family or group of kangaroos, herd of cattle or sheep.
Mongrel : despicable person
Moolah : money
Mozzie : mosquito
Muddie : mud crab (a great delicacy)
Mug : friendly insult ("have a go, yer mug"), gullible person
Mull : grass (the kind you smoke)
Muster : round up sheep or cattle
Mystery bag : a sausage


Nasho : National Service (compulsory military service)
Naughty, have a : have sex
Never Never : the Outback, centre of Australia
Nipper : young surf lifesaver
No drama : same as 'no worries'
No worries! : Expression of forgiveness or reassurance (No problem; forget about it; I can do it; Yes, I'll do it)
No-hoper : somebody who'll never do well
Not the full quid : not bright intellectually
Nuddy, in the : naked
Nun's nasty, as dry as a : dry
Nut out : hammer out or work out (an agreement, say)


O.S. : overseas ("he's gone O.S.")
Ocker : an unsophisticated person
Offsider : an assistant, helper
Old fella : penis
Oldies : parents - "I'll have to ask my oldies"
Op shop : opportunity shop, thrift store, place where second hand goods are sold.
Outback : interior of Australia

Owyergoin : how are you going? (G’day, how are you going mate?)
Oz : Australia!


Paddock : field, pasture, see 'long paddock'
Pash : a long passionate kiss; hence "pashing on"
Pav : Pavlova - a rich, creamy Australian dessert
Perve (noun & verb) : looking lustfully at the opposite sex
Piece of piss : easy task
Pig's arse! : I don't agree with you
Piker : Someone who doesn't want to fit in with others socially, leaves parties early
Pink slip, get the : get the sack (from the colour of the termination form)
Pint : large glass of beer (esp. in South Australia)
Piss : beer. Hence "hit the piss", "sink some piss"
Plate, bring a : Instruction on party or BBQ invitation to bring your own food. It doesn't mean they're short of crockery!
Plonk : cheap wine
Pokies : poker machines, fruit machines, gambling slot machines
Pollie : politician
Pom, pommy, pommie : an Englishman •
Pommy bastard : an Englishman (see also 'bastard')
Pommy shower : using deodorant instead of taking a shower
Pommy's towel, as dry as a : very dry - based on the canard that Poms bathe about once a month
Porky : Lie, untruth (pork pie = lie in rhyming slang)
Port : suitcase (portmanteau) mainly in Queensland.
Postie : postman, mailman
Pot : 285 ml beer glass in Queensland and Victoria
Pozzie : position - get a good pozzy at the football stadium
Prezzie : present, gift


Quid, make a : earn a living - "are you making a quid?"
Quid, not the full : of low IQ. [Historical note: 'quid' is slang for a pound. £1, became $2 when Australia converted to decimal currency in 1966]

Nearly there only i to go now.


Christina said...

very interesting. especially liked "liquid laugh"!

kenju said...

I swear, Peter, you guys have more slang than we southerners in the US!!Some of yours is pretty funny.

Meow (aka Connie) said...

HI Peter,
These are great ... where on earth did you dig up such a comprehensive list.
There are stacks on there that I haven't heard.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Take care, Meow

Sue said...

Hi Pete,
Jules just gave me your blog address. Very clever. Will check in on you. I am with blogger too. My class blog is:

A work in progress of course. I just love blogging!

Sue king

Sue said...

You will be surprised to hear that Jules checks in on you at least once a month. She also looks at the blogs for the rest of the family and Warren.Yes it would be good if the families got involved with the blogging, however most of my parents are unable to read and write (generational disability) and the rest can't afford to have a computer at home. Most access the blog at the local library with support. I put lots of pictures on so that the parents with computers can see the kids. Because of our wonderful Victorian education system I have only got one desk top working in my room so our ability to let the kids blog themselves is limited, especially as 2 kids need modified keyboards ( without @ symbols) so we cant log on to blog unless I take my personal laptop. Hence the word (at) in our URL instead of the symbol. But the blog is linked to an education department website as a teaching tool for other teachers which is a bit of a joke considering how crap my classroom technology is! Other teachers mainly use it as a site for ideas and I use it to share information with others. I have had lots of teachers visit to learn how to blog so I am fairly pleased with myself ( I am a little bit famous)Peter says to tell you that he is in a state of depression after last night's Doggies loss. drinking lots of red wine to get over it! Would love to see you if you come down. Sorry to hear that Merle is not well.

Pamela said...

Lunch, who opened their? : OK, who farted?
ha ha ha ha ha ha

I'll have to remember that one.