Although Australians do speak English, their authentic Aussie slang frequently confuses other English speakers. Locals frequently use ridiculous expressions to convey simple meanings, ranging from seemingly unfinished sentences to backhanded compliments and friendly insults. These are 18 phrases commonly used in Australia.
Have a good one
Have a wonderful day!
Often used in place of ‘goodbye,’ the expression is a pleasant farewell.
Flat out like a lizard drinking
Meaning: to be hard at work, similar to a lizard that lays out flat to drink water, which is done quickly and is the primary source of daily activity.
Chuck a U-ey
Turn around in a U-turn.
Meaning: To execute a U-turn maneuver or to turn around in any way.
Fair shake of the sauce bottle
In order to give it a fair shot,
To give something a chance or an attempt. In an interview in 2009, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd used the word excessively.
That is unquestionably the case.
Used to affirm sincerity and express agreement with what has been stated.
As crook as Rookwood
Having a persistent illness.
Referring to Rookwood cemetery, the largest necropolis in the Southern Hemisphere, as a metaphor for someone who is gravely ill.
A few roos loose in the top paddock
Incompetent from an intellectual standpoint.
Meaning: to describe someone’s mental state as deranged and insane by comparing them to kangaroos running loose on a farm.
Can’t be bothered
I am not in the mood to perform that action.
When you do not want to do something because you are tired, lazy, or it is not important to you.
Like a bandicoot on a burnt ridge
The state of being alone.
Definition: To characterize someone as isolated and lonely.
She’ll be apples
It will all turn out well.
A play on the phrase’she’ll be right’, which signifies that whatever is wrong will soon be resolved. The subject “she” represents everything, and the user of the phrase may be perceived as either optimistic or apathetic.
Lower than a snake’s belly
To have an inferior moral standing.
A comparison between an unpleasant person with no morals and a snake that glides across the floor and is as low as any other animal can get.
Without a doubt, you’re most welcome.
It is a friendly way of saying ‘that’s okay’ or ‘thank you’ and is frequently used.
You little ripper
That is a marvelous accomplishment.
Meaning: an exclamation expressing delight or pride in another individual.
Fit as a Mallee bull
To be in outstanding physical condition.
To be as fit and strong as the bulls in the Mallee, a beef-producing region with harsh conditions that require the cattle to be tough and in peak condition.
A face like a dropped pie
To have an unattractive facial appearance.
A derogatory term for a person whose face resembles the mess made when a pie is dropped.
May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny down
I hope your chickens transform into emus and flush the toilet down the drain.
Used when you want to wish someone ill fortune.
What a naive individual.
Used to insult someone’s intelligence by comparing them to a galah (rose-breasted cockatoo). The term is utilized by Alf Stewart’s character on Home and Away.
It is currently my turn to pay.
Meaning: to buy something for someone and receive the bill, a phrase commonly used to indicate that one will pay for a round of drinks.
Topic: 18 Australian Sayings That Make No Sense To Other English Speakers
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