English slang words vary from one country to another and Australian English sets the perfect example for this. There are plenty of common Australian slang phrases that are widely used among locals. Here, we are introducing you to the Australian slang words you need to know before travelling to Australia:
1. Aussie = Australian
It simply means Australian, someone from Australia. So when Australian people refer to themselves, they say Aussies do so and so.
2. Arvo = Afternoon
Saying arvo instead of the afternoon is one of the most popular diminutives in Aussie slang words.
3. Sickie = Sick Day
One of the most common Australian slang words. Aussies use sickie to refer to a sick day.
4. Servo = Petrol Station
Or simply, a gas station.
5. Sheila = Girl
Yes, that is the Australian slang for girl.
6. Tinnies = Cans of Beer
But the Australian slang for beer is amber fluid. Some states call it a pint and at others, it is a schooner. Stubby meaning? a squat bottle of beer typically holding 375 cl. Go figure!
7. Beauty! = Beautiful
If you want to know the Australian slang for beautiful, here it is. It is commonly used to say Great.
8. Hooroo = Goodbye
The Australian slang for goodbye is Hooroo and sometimes they even Cheerio like British people.
9. Bonzer = Excellent
It is the Australian equivalent for the American term awesome. Aussies sometimes use Ace like British people.
10. Chrissie = Christmas
Since Christmas is approaching, it is better to let you know that Aussies call it a Chrissie. Cold seafood Christmas dinners are preferred over hot turkey ones in Australia.
11. Facey = Facebook
Mostly popular among university students in Australia wanting to refer to Facebook.
12. Barbie = Barbeque
You had it coming, didn’t you? This is one of the most common Australian expressions. Aussies also use Maccas for McDonald's, bickies for biscuits, and tucker for food. One of the funny Australian sayings is ‘throw a shrimp on the barbie.’ It is often used as a way to invite someone to your place for lunch. So prepare yourself for an Aussie barbie!
13. Durry = Cigarette
Durry is the spread Australian term for a cigarette. Among the younger generation, it is often called ciggies or darts. Both ways, stay away from smoking!
14. Bogan = Uncultured Person
An Aussie bogan is someone who is unsophisticated or crude in a negative way.
If you are interested in slangs, try reading our UK Slang Words Every Student Should Know blog article.