This post will be updated frequently as I learn new Australian slang
(rule #1 in Oz – abbrev. everything!)
Mozzies = mosquitos
Sunnies = sunglasses
Bogan = redneck
Hire = rent (i.e. xyz is available for hire)
Heaps = lots (they never say lots, it’s always heaps)
Macca’s = McDonald’s (they even say Macca’s in the commercials!)
How’re you going (‘Ow Yeh Goin’) = how’s it going / how’re you doing / how are you
Drink driving = drunk driving (can’t wrap my head around the grammatical logic in that one)
Soz = sorry
Chewies – gum
Boot – trunk of the car
Here are some things I’ve learned about Australia:
Aussies don’t know what you mean when you ask for KD or Kraft Dinner. They only have Easy Mac here! So weird! (UPDATE: I found KD! But it’s not called KD. That’s probably why I couldn’t find it).
Australians don’t celebrate Halloween.
They don’t know what you mean when ask where to find the washroom. It’s “toilet” here.
Bananas cost up to $15/kg!!! We were chatting with a bank teller about this one and she said that if she sees anyone buying bananas, she automatically assumes they’re rich! Apparently it used to be the same price as Canada, but a cyclone wiped out all the banana trees and the prices have been high ever since. (UPDATE: It’s April and banana’s are around $4/kg… Woohoo! And on a good day, they’re under $3/kg)
K-Mart is very different here (in a good way) – it’s awesome and so cheap! Reminds me of Target in the US. They have Target here too, but it’s different than Target in the US! Confused yet?
Winter for Aussies means “putting on socks,” as quoted by an Australian when we were comparing their winter to ours. Ha!
If you can think of more tid bits to add to this list, let me know! I’ll be adding to it whenever I learn something new.