A Travellerspoint blog


Gidday, mate, how ya goin?

There's a number of books dedicated to all the bizarre slang unique to Australia. My aim is not to compete with them, but to enlighten you with a few of our favorites... Sportscasters have proven to be a huge contibutor to this material, so we thank them for that... fair dinkum!

A real bloke's bloke
Good on ya
Well and truely
Heaps/ give ya heaps
Give ya the piss/ Take the piss outta ya
Me/ meself (rather than my/ myself)
Back yourself

Good as gold
Bob's yer uncle
You'll be sweet
Sweet as; Hot as; Aussie as; tough as ... you get the picture (the point being they don't actually say anything after as)
Rock up (arrive/ turn up )
Stuffed/ stuff up (screwed/ screw up)
Muck up
Play up (become sore)
Cuddle (hug)

Too easy
Too right
Dead right
Far out
Back in a tick
Won't be a moment
Yeralright (most common response to "I'm sorry")
She'll be right (it'll sort itself out)
Fell crook/ was crook/ had a crook
Corkie / Cork thigh (usually from a knee on thigh hit in footy)

Nipper (young surf lifesaver)
Digger (soldier)
Bludger (lazy)
Rat bag
Whinge(r) (whine)
Sook ("sookie na na" - phrase of the year: Shannon, Biggest Loser Australia)

Pram (baby buggy)
Buggy (shopping cart)
Spanner (wrench) / that really throws a spanner into things
Roster (work schedule)
Diary (daytimer/ planner)
Your shout (you buy)
Pinch (steal/ swipe)
Give a buzz, bell or ring/ ring me

Half Past
Tuesday week (not this coming Tuesday, but...)
Darl(ing) (pronounced "dahl" or "dahlin")
Schoolies (highschool grad trip/ party week)
Nappies (diapers)
Bin (trash can)
Hire (rent)
Tipping (betting)
Singlete (tank top)
Jumper (not someone on the edge of a high building, but a sweater, or hoodie, a bunnyhug if you will)
Doona (pron duuna; blanket/ quilt)
Flur (fluorescent)

Tea (can refer to anytime you would eat, with our without actually drinking tea)
Cuppa (tea or coffee)
Biscuit / bikkie (can be a cracker type biscuit or a cookie)
Rice bubbles (maybe Krispies is too vulgar?)
Hungry Jacks (Burger King, the name was previously franchised in Australia, so its Hungry Jacks to us)
Maccas (McDs)
Chook (Chicken)
Capsicum (a red or green pepper) capsicum spray (I shit you not)
Snags (sausages/ smokies)
Tomato sauce (ketchup)
Nibbles/ nibblies (snacks/ appetizers)
Esky (cooler)

FIFO (feefo) a fly in fly out job
DIDO (dyedo) drive in drive out
Chrissy (Christmas)
Brissy (Brisbane)
Tassie (Tasmania)
Air con
Deso (designated driver)
Devo (devastated)
Arvo (afternoon)
Servo (gas station)
Salvo (Salvation Army)

Well, that's it... Ta (thanks - for reading), and tada (bye)

Posted by Bleaklinson 19:44 Archived in Australia Comments (1)

When it rains,

it really bloody rains!

In the past two weeks I've seen more rain than I care to think about.
We've noticed, since being in Australia, that the weather is quite volatile here... It make sense, being on an isolated (albeit huge) island. When we were up in Brissy, thundershowers would seem to come out of nowhere, bucket down, and leave just as quickly. In Katoomba, it could rain for days, but often just a drizzle. Here on the coast of NSW, is a different story.
Last week we saw days where the rain would barely slow down, let alone stop for a few minutes, and then would soon return in droves. There was talk of over 100mm of rain (that's right, 4 inches) in a 24hr period... and this would continue for days in a row! Luckily for us, we're in a region with many bays, but no real rivers; so, no real flood risk... Many of our other statesmen aren't nearly as lucky, and some have been flooded multiple times in a year.
Some predictions say that we will continue to receive more rain than normal in the upcoming three months, which is the trend we've seen since arriving. If that's the case, I may have to revisit my current plans for transportation; currently riding my bike, or getting Jeremy to drive me. Once he starts work, it'll be bike, or the bus. Travelling between two clinics during a 1 hour lunch break (if I'm not running behind!), is a bit of a challenge on the bus, and with no time for a shower, it will be a struggle on the bike as well... but I'd really only need a blow-dry, so my goal is to hold out. We were really hoping to keep downsized with only one car, but if this drenching, often sideways pelting, rain keeps up, we may have to get a second vehicle sooner than we'd hoped... I'm prepared to ride in drizzle, not downpour!
The other issue is that the "super clinic" has skylights in the treatment rooms. While the drizzling rain on the roof is quite relaxing, when it pelts down it can be difficult to even hear eachother! I felt bad for the bloke with the migraine who came in during a heavy patch.
So... I'll keep checking my toes for webbing, but until then, please, farmers back home, pray that the rain comes to you, and leaves us alone for a while!

Posted by Bleaklinson 22:04 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

no shoes?... no problem!

As I've mentioned in the past, the Australian culture is quite relaxed, easy going, and not as rule-regulated as we Canadians are used to. The specific area I'm thinking about today is with their laxity regarding footwear in public... I honestly don't think I've seen any "no shirt, no shoes, no service" signs anywhere.

It's not normal to see girls in bikini tops, or guys without shirts doing their shopping, or going for a bite to eat.... but it happens in the heat of summer in beach towns. It is fairly typical to see guys without shirts working in the yard, or tradies sunning themselves on the job- that can be quite a treat on the drive home from work... depending on the body type, of course!

It is, however, rather common to see people of all ages without any shoes on. Not just at the beach or on the foreshore, but in the shopping centres, grocery stores, or practically anywhere really. Just flopping around barefoot, like Fred Flintstone... it's a bit odd. I thought this may just be a summer phenomenon, but I saw it this past weekend again in Wollies (Woolworths grocery store), and we are not only fully into autumn, but in the middle of a rainy patch.

I even had a guy come visit me at work for back pain, and admitted that he only put on (nearly worn out) flip-flops because he was coming to to a clinic. I recommended he wear shoes, but I honestly can't see it happening. Luckily, I haven't seen anyone for foot pain who admits the same barefoot habit; and ironically I've never seen an expectant mother barefoot either.

Posted by Bleaklinson 21:56 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

80's Fever

Rat tail revival!

It's no secret that the 80's are back, and no where on our travels has this been more evident than in Australia. The hot weather climate, and the "show it if ya got it" (even if you have more than what you should!) attitude seems to encourage tight and short clothes in general, and then this whole 80's fad is taking it to another level.

The young women (particularly teenage girls) cut their shorts to lengths not seen since... well, I can't remember seeing this short of shorty-short-shorts. I would have less of a problem of it if the girls would be able to keep their hands off them, but they are constantly tugging to make sure their gluteal fold isn't hanging out. I have a better idea, stop cutting them so short!

It's not just the girls who are into wearing tiny shorts. Aussie blokes have a bit of an excuse to wear the little shorts which have been popularized in footy, but now their wearing them shorter, tighter and brighter! Topped with a loose tanktop, fluor 80's sunnies and a rat tail, it's like stepping back in a time machine!

Oh yes, the rat tail is alive and well here in Australia. Permed, dyed, or just straggly, it's super popular, especially in the cities. It's one thing to see guys born in the early 90's sporting the retro look, I can deal with that... I don't love it, but I can deal with it. It's the kids I feel sorry for- the 5 year olds with the tail half way down their back, as though that strand of hair hasn't been cut their whole life-- seriously people? Why do you have to subject your kids to the horror of looking back at their sweet kindie photos only to see the mistake of the rat tail rear its ugly head over 20 years after its inauguration... thanks dad, ya bloody bogan!

Posted by Bleaklinson 23:58 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Keep Left

Look Right!

One of the most obvious differences when arriving "downunda" is that no one was driving the cars!... Oh, wait-- they're just on the wrong (right) side of the car. While I'd like to say we've now got that sorted out, we both have a tendency to head to the passengers side to drive, or I'll head to the right side when Jer's driving.

We didn't start driving right away, but the "Keep Left" motto is ever present in daily life. For instance, walking down the sidewalk, in a hallway, or standing on an escalator is all to be done on the left side... this took some getting used to, and I'm sure that when we return back home we'll be just as confused with returning to the right; having stand-offs in hallways and dancing around people on walkways.

The second part of this, is the "Look Right". Luckily, Sydney has reminders on the street to look for traffic coming from the right. Initially, especially because we were jetlagged, we had no idea where the traffic was coming from. So, we looked both directions, multiple times. After a few hours, we got the hang of looking right for the first lane(s) of traffic, but would forget to look left for the next lanes. So, it went from "look right, look right", to "look right- then look left!"

Driving in Australia has been a bit of an adjustment, and I'm sure you'll hear about it at length over beers the next time we see any of you. The main problems are the tail-gaters, the (especially older ladies/ soccer moms) who rip through parking lots and drive too fast in general, and then the over-cautious/ super slow drivers. We realize these are the problems in all (civilized) driving nations, but they just seem to be excessive here... oh, and the ones who speed to get in front of you, and then slow right down... there's a lot of those here.

Roundabouts are everywhere, and they work quite well at keep traffic flowing; they are the epitomy of the keep left, look right agenda.

Another odd phenomenon, is that pedestrians have very little rights. There's few pedestrian walkways ("zebra crossings"), and even while in one, it's not guaranteed that people will stop for you. Even beside shopping centres, with a family and a buggy full of groceries you have to be really cautious, look right, cross that lane of traffic, stop at the "refuge island" then look left, and cross when you're able. A bit nuts.

So- whenever you're travelling to a country where they drive on the left side of the road- remember: if you're driving "keep left", but if you're walking "look right THEN left!"

Posted by Bleaklinson 22:07 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

(Entries 16 - 20 of 21) « Page 1 2 3 [4] 5 »