“What did you just say?”
Welcome to Australia, where every word has either been shortened, or thrown out the back of the Ute and replaced with a shorter, easier alternative. It’s not that the Aussies are lazy, it’s just, well…they’re efficient. Aussie English is unlike any other form of English on earth. Everyday, new words and phrases are made up on the fly, and circulate into use pretty quickly. Amongst these new catchphrases are actual words that DO differ from other forms of English you may be used to.
Here’s a few.
You know you’re Australian if …
1. You know the meaning of the word “girt”.
2. You believe that stubbies can be either drunk or worn.
3. You believe it is appropriate to put a rubber in your son’s pencil case when he first attends school.
4. When you hear that an American “roots for his team” you wonder how often and with whom.
5. You understand that the phrase “a group of women wearing black thongs” refers to footwear and may be less alluring than it sounds.
6. You pronounce Melbourne as “Mel-bin”.
7. You pronounce Penrith as “Pen-riff”.
8. You believe the “l” in the word “Australia” is optional.
9. You can translate: “Dazza and Shazza played Acca Dacca on the way to Maccas.”
10. You call your best friend “a total bastard” but someone you really, truly despise is just “a bit of a bastard”.
11. You think “Woolloomooloo” is a perfectly reasonable name for a place.
12. You understand that “Wagga Wagga” can be abbreviated to “Wagga” but “Woy Woy” can’t be called “Woy”.
13. You believe that the more you shorten someone’s name the more you like them.
14. Whatever your linguistic skills, you find yourself able to order takeaway fluently in every Asian language.
15. You understand that “excuse me” can sound rude, while “scuse me” is always polite.
16. You understand that “you” has a plural and that it’s “youse”.
17. You know, whatever the tourist books say, that no one says “cobber”.