Are you dinky-di and fluent in speaking ‘Strayan? Take the test to see how much dingo-lingo you actually know!
Us Aussies are known for our distinct slang words, with a tendency to rhyme or shorten words just for the hell of it.
We love an absurd phrase, or to draw comparisons between people and wild animals, and almost everyone is your mate!
From servo and smoko to arvo and bottleo, we know that ending words with ‘O’ is a stroke of linguistical genius.
We’re also fond of cutting words short to add an ‘ee’ sound too (see sunnies, choccy, Chrissie or brolly).
So, let’s see if you’re as fair dinkum as you think, or if you’re actually a stubbie short of a six pack!
Take the test now.
Give yourself one point for every word/statement you know:
- Can’t be stuffed
- On ya
- Budgie Smugglers
- Do the Harry
- Balls up
- Woop Woop
- Fang it
- Go troppo
- Have a Captain Cook
- Have a roo loose in the top paddock
- Bloody oath
- Ankle biter
- Cab Sav
- Banana Bender
- Spit The Dummy
- Aussie Salute
- Bushman’s alarm clock
- Dog’s Breakfast
- Chuck a sickie
- Pash rash
- Old mate
- Can’t be stuffed – Can’t be bothered
- On ya – Good on you
- Budgie Smugglers – Men’s swimming trunks
- Do the Harry – Getting the hell out
- Balls up – Everything has gone completely wrong
- Bludger – A lazy person
- Chinwig – To have a casual chat
- Woop Woop – The middle of nowhere
- Fang it – To go very fast
- Go troppo – Go crazy
- Sanga – Sandwich
- Grommet – A young surfer
- Have a Captain Cook – Have a look
- Have a roo loose in the top paddock – A person who is not very smart or intellectual
- Accadacca – ACDC the band
- Bloody oath – A way of signifiying agreement or astoundment
- Ankle biter – A young child
- Cab Sav – Cabernet Sauvignon (wine)
- Banana Bender – A Queenslander
- Legless – Drunk or intoxicated
- Spit The Dummy – To get upset
- Aussie Salute – Waving your arm to shoo flies away
- Bushman’s alarm clock – A laughing Kookaburra
- Dog’s Breakfast – A complete mess or lacking appeal
- Furphy – A lie
- Dusty – Hungover
- Chockers – Very full
- Chuck a sickie – Faking a sick day at work
- Pash Rash – Inflammation of the skin caused by kissing someone with stubble or a beard
- Old mate – Someone whose name you can’t remember
Now please enjoy a bunch of non-Aussies taking a stab at what they think some of these dinky-di phrases mean.
The boys had a go at some Australian slang 🦘
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