It is understandable that, prior to the advent of easy international travel, Australia’s locals developed a few distinctive characteristics and practices. Spend any amount of time in Australia, and the locals will gladly introduce you to some of their peculiar behaviors.
Absence of shoes
You will have more thongs than shoes, but understand that footwear of any kind is superfluous if you live within spitting distance of the coastline.
A fascinating sense of humor
You will become accustomed to everyone’s sarcastic sense of humor, also known as “taking the piss.”
Don’t be arrogant
Australians are naturally inclined to “cut down the tall poppy” and prefer that people “pull their head in” if they want to avoid being made fun of.
Not to be confused with consuming alcohol.
And you’ll realize that ‘taking the piss’ is vastly distinct from ‘getting on the piss,’ another common Australian pastime.
You will begin addressing all your friends as “mate.” You’ll even begin addressing strangers as “mate.”
You give o-based nicknames to anyone you don’t call “mate”: David becomes Davo, Jonathan becomes Jono, Simon becomes Simo, and so on.
You will begin nicknaming everything else as well: a cup of tea will become a cuppa, a cookie will become a bikkie, a barbecue will become a barbie, and the afternoon will become an arvo.
You will begin asking questions without expecting a response, such as “How good is this beer?”
You will enjoy the taste of fried egg and beetroot on your burger, and you won’t even flinch when you learn that the patty is made from our old pal Skippy the Kangaroo.
BYO, which stands for Bring Your Own, is a significantly more cost-effective way to imbibe when dining out.
Bring your own food to dinner parties
When you go to a friend’s house for dinner, you will understand that the phrase “bring a plate” means you should bring food to share, not a plate.
Native animals are no longer frightening.
Daily spider and occasional snake sightings will no longer terrify you, which is terrifying in and of itself. Thankfully, the sightings of creepy-crawlies are balanced by encounters with cuter animals, such as green tree frogs and brushtail possums.
If you take taxis, you will begin to sit up front with the driver, and if you take public transportation, you will begin to thank the bus driver.
Strange town names
Strange place names such as Wollongong, Woolloongabba, Indooroopilly, Mooloolaba, and Mudgeeraba will flow effortlessly off your tongue.
If you travel to beaches across the United States, you will never again know what to call swimwear. Are they swimsuits, bathing suits, cosies, or swimmers? Avoid wearing “budgie smugglers,” or whatever you decide to call them, if you want to blend in. They are only for young children and elderly men.
Topic: 15 Habits You Can’t Help Picking Up in Australia
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