Muahahahahaha…have I got a show for you!!! (this class is what is known as a "one shot" ).
Note: I was going to make this two lessons, but I thought it’d be easier for everyone (reference-wise) to handle it in one lesson, since the homework is based on all the information you are given! Don’t panic, it’s the easiest class you’re liable to take, ever. *lol*
Okeeeee…Hello everybody, welcome to “Aussie Aussie Aussie 204!” Yes, that exclamation mark is part of the title, it was no accident, and you’ll see why it’s appropriate soon enough! Now, I know the course title is rather long, so you can just call it AAA, or even Triple A if you want *winks*. Today I hope to teach you all a little bit about my native land. I suppose to start off I will list a few of the names by which my country of residence is known. But first, here’s a word from our sponsor…well no, from my co-teach kinda girl, Kaylan Sedai (aka Kaylan!):
It took me a while to find my post I did in the other class but it has some sunny Queensland versions of the beautiful Aussie dialect for you to feast your eyes on and try to twist your tongues around!!! (happy Jaida??? *grin* btw you still forgot ‘joy’)There’s a few differences over in sunny Queensland….
So those differences will be accounted for throughout this class! Now onto the lesson! First of all, I will share with you some common names for this beautiful sunburnt continent on which I live:
Aussie (yes, we use this to refer to our nation as well as a person OF this nation)
The Great Red
The Lucky Country
"The Land of the Fair Go" :yuck
Big Fat Cockroach Nest
Okay, I made that last one up, but the fifth one is my personal favourite and I didn’t invent that! Okay, now that we’ve established which nation we’re talking about, we’ll move on to some basic Aussie terms which you really must know to pass this class (and remember, this is all in GOOD FUN!).
NB Any of the terms that bear a name in brackets after them are words that were submitted by people other than myself!
- aus(Kaylan): a person who is very australian
ay (Kaylan): this is added to the end of almost every sentence for no apparent reason.
barbie: barbeque. “Put a steak on the barbie.”
beach: um, if you need me to explain this there’s something odd about you
beauty / beaut!: excellent!
beeyeh / beeya: (beer)my favourite drink besides Bailey’s Irish cream, and something we Aussies are stereotypically over-fond of.
bikies: we here in Oz have a thing with ‘ie’-ing our words, and when we refer to the motorcycle gangs, we do it again. Motorcycle gangs becomes Bikies. Simple, huh?
bloke: well I’m sure you know this one, but I just wanted to include it because it is an Aussie favourite. It defines any Australian male, usually teenagers and adults though.
bogan (Shoar): I don't know what people's definition of bogans are around Australia, I can only speak for Western Australians - and let me assure you that WA is a blissfully BOGAN state (apparently we have the most personalised number plates out of any Australian state...a true sign of boganity). One definition of 'bogan' is as follows: (Australian) A person who is, or is perceived to be, unsophisticated or of a lower class background, more or less analogous to the British term chav or US American term redneck.
bonzer: beautiful / good.
but: Some of us use this after sentences which are supposed to have ‘but’ at the beginning: for example, “but I want more money” would be “I want more money, but.” We don’t know why this has happened, it just has, but *lol*.
chewey: chewing gum. We say “Want some chewey?” or “Gotta get some chewey” or “aw, lost ma chewey!”
chuffed (Zavarele): happy, pleased ("Yeah I was chuffed hey!")
classic: great / hilarious.
crikey: gees! (similar to ‘cripes’, I spose)
darl: what middle aged occas call their spouses.
decent!: excellent! (courtesy of my friend Marina)
der: this came from one of our favourite Aussie icons, the character Kylie Mole, who was on a really successful comedy programme which I can’t remember the title of at the moment. She was a real Occa school gal and chewed her chewing gum and said “deeeeeer!” a lot. (Note: this is opposed to “duh”)
der fraido: I actually didn’t know this one, it was from Kaylan: a lame insult we used in primary school (kinda like saying der-head).
dick ‘ead: (dick head)this is one of our favourite insults, it’s just so frank and to the point. I don’t know about other countries but in Oz this is the standard insult. You go, “Aw mate, you’re such a dick ‘ead ay?” For many guys this is a complement to their perferred form of male bonding (trust me, I’ve seen it).
fellas (Kaylan): you may have seen this on some of my posts, it is like the word ‘son’ only me and my mates use it for everyone (as in ‘hey fellas! what ya doin?’ sorta thing)
footy: football, Australian rules football. Australia has the best style of football, in my opinion *lol*. Our boys wear lovely little shorts and singlets which hug the body nicely. Oh, and some of the favourites amongst the girls are Tony Modra, Jess Sinclair, Gavin Wanganeen, Shane Crawford and Ben Cousins *slurps*.
fully: oh, absolutely; “I was fully trashed” (dorks like me say this) Or in a conversation it’d be: “Did you have a good day?” and the answer would be “Fully!”
g’day / g’day luv: well…you know the first one, right? The second is just specialised, usually employed when greeting a friend, who is usually female. You hear this on Home and Away a lot, especially from the resident occa, Alf Stewart.
gimp: this was from Wayne’s World II when Wayne calls Garth a gimp. My bro and his surfing buddies are very fond of this word to describe any person they think is a dick head or in any way socially impaired.
hell: As in “That’s hell cool!” or “I was hell trashed!”
hey: this word often tends to complete sentences, so you would say "I dunno about that hey", or "Yeah I wanted to go hey, but I couldn't...hey" (ok that last e.g. was exaggerating a bit ).
joy: I finally remembered Kaylan, y’happy now? *g* We say ‘joy’ like this: “Oh that is SO joy!” meaning, “that is SO good!!” or “oh, excellent!”
jumper: (Kaylan) sweater / pullover.
leavers: right, this is when you have finished your last high school year and you either head over to Rotto (see below in Names / Titles section) or go over to the Sunshine Coast to Surfer’s Paradise, which is the favourite spot for leavers Australia-wide. If you’re talking to a young person, they’re bound to ask you, “So what’d you do for leavers?” See also schoolies.
mate: buddy old pal. This is what Aussie blokes call all their male friends, sometimes even their female ones. Just a reminder from Kaylan: we dont automatically tack the word ‘mate’ onto the end of every sentence! ‘ay’ is for that!!! *lol*
mint: cool! (this was popular in all the Aussie soaps during the ‘80’s muahahahaha…)
occa: used to describe the real Aussie Aussies – the ones with a dreadfully strong accent, who drink beer all the time (and have a beer gut to match), wear a hat with corks on strings, wear blue bonds singlets and little shorts, and say “G’day mate” a lot. This kind of Aussie is usually seen in the movies, you won’t find many of them around where I live.
ranga: this originally meant “dick head”, or the equivalent, but has now mutated to mean any person with red hair. Don’t ask me, it’s my bro again.
schoolies (Kaylan): ‘leavers’ becomes ‘schoolies’ (used to describe both the week after you finish high school and the people on schoolies week) schoolies week is known for copious amounts of alcohol, parties, sex etc. (there’s also a really cool music festival the day after it finishes so you get an even worse headache than you had from your hangover) usually held at noosa/surfers paradise/anywhere beachy.
sheila: well, it’s a traditional Aussie name, but it’s also used to describe any female Australian, usually teenagers and adults.
son: as in “boy / man”. If you’ve ever watched an Australian soap, or a game of Aussie rules footy for that matter, you will have encountered this word. If a football player (usually a teenager or young-adult) is running far with the ball, the commentators will shout “go son!”
stoiling: stealing. Okay, the one time I encountered this word was in a documentary I had to watch for school, named Cop It Sweet. It was about Australian cops and racism against the Aborigines. One of the cops was reading out a list of crimes for one offender, and he had lots of “stealing” charges to his name. So she read, “Stoiling, stoiling, stoiling, break and enter…stoiling!” This is honestly no joke. So I say “Stoiling, stoiling…” to my mum, and it cracks her up.
Straywyin: 'australian' - you don't really say the 'l', it becomes more of a 'w'. Some claim that it is said more like 'Strine', but I disagree. If you speak the word and listen closely, there ARE hints of additional syllables here and there.
strewth!: oh no! / Holy crap! / fark!
sunshine: here’s a word that the old folks on Home and Away use to address the young girls and boys. A quote from Irene: “Gimmee a break, sunshine!” when talking to one of her foster children, probably Hailey or Will.
telly: this is our word for ‘television’.
tight arse!!!!!: (Kaylan) a name for people who will do anything to avoid paying even 5 cents more than they have to) hehehe you can tell what radio station I listen to!!! (said by Mezza & Rosso).
the j’s: this refers to our favourite alternative radio station, Triple J. You also write it like this: JJJ. duh.
thongs: (Kaylan) a word for um... i think you call them flip-flops overseas (not g-strings).
togs: (Kaylan) a word for swimmers/bathers/ whatever. West Aussies don’t really say this, it must be more Brissie!
twat: loser / idiot.
uni: this is our word for University; you may know it as University, College or even plain "School".
- Sometimes we have names which are spelled a certain way, but which are altered in their pronunciation so that they sound like something completely different. An example is the name Peter, which, for many Aussie blokes, is altered in this way: all the letters are replaced except for the P. *lol* Therefore: Peter becomes Poida
Unfortunately, there is no specifications as to which names can be altered in this manner. At present, the only name I can think of which is altered thus is that quoted above – Poida. However, you will remember the word I quoted earlier, “stealing”, which became “stoiling” after its Australianisation. Both words have the letters “oi” in common.
- This is a rule which Australians use (if they want to be sarcastic, or if they are genuine Occas). You can apply this rule to almost any name. I will take my two good friends, Cheryl and Amanda, as an example. Their names would be altered thus: Cheryl becomes Chezza (or just Chez), Amanda becomes Azza (or Az).
Note from Kaylan: In QLD ‘Azza’ is usually used for guys called Aaron (Amanda become ‘Manda). You can elaborate on these, of course. For instance, I ended up calling Amanda “Azman” for a while there. (Note: There are also silly other things you can do. My favourite nickname for Amanda was Asmunda, which then led to Smun, and finally Smundy. This is not occa, it’s just me, weirdo Trisha F.).
If you’ve seen any Australian drink-driving ads about the bikies, you’ll know that there is a character mentioned whose name is “Muzz”. And we have a football commentator named Basel Zempilas who is always referred to as “Bazz.” There you have it, the Double Z rule. You, Jade - you could become Jazza; Daemon could become Daz, or Dazza if we wanna take it all the way! Kairina, I might end up calling you Kaz or Kazza one day! Be prepared!
Shortening Words just 'cause you can
- (Kaylan) There is also the Aussie habit to shorten everything: so Powderfinger (a great Aussie band) becomes ‘the Finger’, Jebediah become ‘the Jebs’, John Howard our Prime Minister becomes ‘Johnny/ (or dick ‘ead)
Kaylan is right, but personal names get shortened as well, (not just with zz’s) so Kayla becomes Kaylan, Nathan becomes Nathe... Then again, sometimes names become LONGER as well. :look
Interesting place names:
- Rooty Hill
Dog Swamp (we call it Dog’s Womp)
(Note: These are mostly West Australian of course)
Aussies have this weird habit of abbreviating as much as they can. Place names are no exception:
- Alice Springs > the Alice
Bunbury > Bunno, Bunners
Cottesloe > Cott (famous suburb for the beach – Cott Beach)
Fremantle > Freo (I live near here)
Gosnells > Gozzy (a.k.a. whoop whoop – see below)
Margaret River > Margarets (this is what my bro “Jimmy” calls the West Aussie equivalent of surfer’s paradise. See also down south)
Mosman Park > Mozzie Park (this is my suburb)
Rockingham > Rocko
Rottnest > Rotto (a lil island off the coast of Perth, a favourite for holidays. See also leavers – above)
Scaborough > Scarbs (that’s just me, I’ve never heard anyone else say this)
Shenton Park > Shentoes
Southwestern Australia > Down South
Subiaco > Subi (this is where I work – yay)
Swanbourne > Swanny
The middle of nowhere > Whoop Whoop (you say this about places like Gozzy)
Yanchep > Yannoes (this is courtesy of my surfie brother James)
Some well-known Aussie sayings.
- don’t come the raw prawn with me!: don’t you dare! / don’t try and fool me!
fair dinkum I’m telling the truth! / I’m serious!
fair go: oh, come on.
far out: wow. I don’t know if this is just an Aussie thing, but this means the same as strewth.
go son! : what the commentators say to the spunky young ‘footy’ players who are having a good run with the ball.
goin’ down the pub: I don’t think this needs explanation
good 'eeends: a.k.a. 'good hands', and a phrase that many football commentators are fond of growling out throughout play,
hanging at the tav: used by uni students in my town to describe the events of a Friday afternoon when they frequent the Tavern on campus; purpose? = to get as wasted as possible.
I dunno: well der
no worries / no wuckin furries / no wuckas: that’s cool / yep, fine / okay / don’t worry; as in “Can I pay for that?” “Ah, no worries, ay.”
rip a scab from a tube: to take a can from box of beer.
she’ll be right: it’ll be fine! My friend Amanda said her ex-boyfriend said this every time she asked him something, and that’s why she dumped him – “she’ll be right” was his entire vocabulary.
true blue: good / fair dinkum / honest; “true blue Aussie” is taken as a complement.
yeah, he’s a good bloke: yeah, I like that guy. This is one that young Aussie guys seem to favour.
you serious?: are you kidding? / really? (my brother’s friends use this, but you really have to say 'you SEEER-yis?')
I hell rate that: that’s awesome! (courtesy of my brother)
Allusions to Aussie-land / famous Aussie quotes:
- “Come on Aussie come on, come on” – from an ad for bread, I believe, and also used for our cricket team when they used to be half-decent (in my humble opinion).
“HELLOOO AUSTRALIA!” – Merick and Rosso, Triple J radio (99.3 fm). (You know this right Kaylan? LOL).- Note from Kaylan: Triple J is on 107.7 in Brisvegas (another name for Brisbane for all you non Aussies).
“I’m not a party girl! I don’t like to smoke! I’m not a party girl! I don’t like to driiiink!” Magic Dirt (Adalita Srsen), ‘She-riff’, Friends in Danger.
“Strewth!”; “Aw, fair go Aylse!” –Alf Stewart, Home and Away.
"I still call Australia home..." (Peter Allen)
"I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover." (Men at Work, 'Land Down Under')
“Go get ‘em, tiger!” – Merick and Rosso, Triple J radio.
“We are the youth!” – Silverchair (Daniel Johns), ‘Anthem…’, Neon Ballroom.
“You suck!” – Killing Heidi (Ella Hooper), ‘You Don’t Know’, Reflector.
"Down by the Billabong..." (Waltzing Matilda)
A few good things about Aussie land.
- – we have bred any wonderful bands and musicians!
– we have nice winters!!!
- Hugh Jackman :drool
- for the boys, Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, etc.
- we have summer in winter and winter in summer :look
- we finally got rid of John Howard!
- everybody expects us to be naughty since our ancestors were convicts
- we are upside down! (just kidding)
– we can get an education without having to pay up front
– (Kaylan) the great aussie icons, the pie, the big pineapple/banana/prawn etc. I’m in two minds as to whether these are great, but they sure are Aussie! (sorry, national joke…*lol*).
Oh, and now for homework:
Make up 3 bonzer Aussie sentences from the words and phrases I’ve given you above, and post ‘em under here .
Jaida the Mint Aussie Sheila
LOL-ing all the way to the telly to watch [/i]Home and Away[/i].
And special thanks to...
Kayls (aka. Kaylan)
Jaida’s little helper
Certified Aussie (so neh neh homework was easy for me!!!)
Late on the bandwagon but as Aussie as ever
He used to love meatlovers pizza, that is SO aussie (plus he reminded me of the word 'bogan')
Not Aussie but she lives in a desert and calls 40 celsius a relatively normal summer's day
For reminding me to add the word 'chuffed'