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Sunday, 26 January 2020

How to speak like an Aussie on Australia Day

26th January is Australia Day when we celebrate what is great about our country. We have been suffering lately with bushfires and droughts, but the Aussie spirit, mateship, and helping each other, will always come through. 

So I thought for a little light-hearted fun today - How to speak Australian - abbreviate everything. 

 A couple of years ago I shared this brilliant YouTube video on my blog - How Australian Are You? from Josh Hawkins and Rhys Keir. You can see it here How to Speak Australian

 Here is the list, and I've added a couple of my own....

Australia - Straya
Hello - gidday
Football - footy
Biscuit - bicky
Chocolate - choccy
Chocolate biscuit - choccy bicky 
McDonalds - maccas
ACDC - Acadaca
Devastated - dvo 
Definitely - defo!
Aggressive - agro
Afternoon - arvo
This afternoon - s'arvo
 Breakfast - breckie
Tomorrow - tomorra 
Garbage man - garbo
Postman - postie
Taxi driver - cabbie
Musician - muso
Service station - servo
Bottle shop - bottle-o
Registration - rego  
Pregnant - preggas 
Swimming costume - cozzie
Mosquito - mozzie
Tracksuit - trackie
Tracksuit pants - trackie dacks
 Underpants - undies
Sweater - jumper  
Running shoes - joggers
Monday - Mundee; Tuesday - Tuesdee; and so on....
Birthday - birthdee
Vegetarian - veggo
Lipstick - lippy
Sunglasses - sunnies
Eraser - rubber  
Elevator - lift
Present - prezzie
Christmas - Chrissy
Christmas present - Chrissy prezzie
St Vincent de Paul - Vinnies
Salvation Army - Salvos 
Smoke break (or morning tea break) - smoko
Cup of tea - cuppa
Avocado - avo
Have an avocado -  havanavo
Spaghetti bolognaise - spag-bog or spag-bol
Potato - spud
Chewing gum - chewy
Sandwich - sammo
What could be more Australian - making Anzac bickies
Toasted sandwich - toastie
BBQ - barbie
Sausage - snag
Chicken - chook  
Ketchup - tomato sauce 
French fries - chips 
Mentholated spirits - metho 
Turpentine - turps
Fellow - fella or bloke
Husband - hubbie
Give me - gimmie
Trying to - tryna
Going to - gunna  
Thank you - thanks 
Cigarette - ciggie 
Tin can of beer - tinnie
Ambulance - ambo
Fireman - firey
Policeman - cop or coppa
Tasmania, that island at the bottom of Australia
Bricklayer - brickie
Tradesman - tradie
Rubbish man - garbo 
Toilet - dunny
Umbrella - brolly
Sick day from work - sickie
Kangaroo - roo
Champagne - champers
Cabernet Sauvignon - cab-sav 
Bundaberg Rum - Bundie
Relatives - relos
Expensive - exxy
Brisbane - Brizzy
Tasmania - Tassie
Derelict - dero
Kindergarten - kindy
Big city - big smoke 
Cockatoo - cockie
Television - tellie 
 How are you? - how-ya-goin?
See you later - see-ya 
It will be ok - she'll be right  
good job - good-on-ya
 Put another sausage on the BBQ - chuck another snag on the barbie

There's lots more I am sure. Do you Aussies have some more you can add to the list?
Of course we change names too - like - Tom - Thommo, Shane - Shaneo 

And if you are not confused already - there are also differences between America and Australian words - as demonstrated by Christi (an American) and Mark Brown (an Australian) - Australian versus American words - on YouTube

And a few of our unique Aussie animals - clockwise from top left - Thorny Devil, Koala, Numbat, Dingo, Quokka,  Echidna, Bilby, Kangaroo, and in the centre the Emu
Australia Day is the anniversary of raising the British flag in Sydney Cove on the 26 January 1788 after the arrival of the eleven ships of the First Fleet. 

Whatever you are doing today in Australia or overseas, enjoy your day without forgetting those who came before us, the wrongs of the past, the sacrifices, the mateship, the great moments in our history and the ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They are all part of what makes us truly Australian. 

 Just found this about 1950s Australia.....

 Someone suggested yesterday that today should be renamed Rum Rebellion Day.
 So I investigated to learn more.... 

Governor William Bligh
Evidently 26 January is also significant as the date marking the only military overthrow of government authority in Australia....
known as the Rum Rebellion, on 26 January 1808, the soldiers of the New South Wales Corps marched with fixed bayonets through the streets of Sydney under the command of Major George Johnston to Government House where they arrested Governor William Bligh. from : Australian National Maritime Museum 

Captain William Bligh was the fourth and last naval officer to be appointed Governor of the New South Wales penal colony....When Bligh arrived the colony was in a poor state. Floods, the lack of supply ships and a reduction in convict labour had severely diminished the self-sufficiency of the colony .....as part of Bligh's reforms, Bligh ordered the destruction of illicit stills and prohibited the bartering of spirits for grain, labour, food or any other goods, especially rum, these orders aroused immediate and heated revolt. From My Place for Teachers

 Interesting! Rum Rebellion Day!

For those wondering about the latest bushfire news from Australia - here is the latest news - 9 News-bushfire updates. Bushfires are still raging, and more bodies are being recovered from burnt out properties.

My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones, and to the families of the American firefighters who lost their lives in an aircraft crash this past week. They were part of a huge outpouring of help that has come to Australia from all over the world. That they lost their lives helping us is tragic. 

Regeneration after the bushfires
  Thank you for visiting today. You might also like - 
Celebrating Australia Day and Waltzing Matilda
How Australian Are You?
Australia Day - Cooee!

Thank you so much for stopping by. If you are Australian, what are you doing today to celebrate Australia Day? Perhaps you would like to tell us in your comments. 
I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week. 

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  1. Happy Australian Day! Wow after reading your list of Aussie terms I am floored. Another whole language to learn! I wouldn't understand the words if I heard them but it sounds charming. BTW I love Australia's unique animals.

    1. we certainly have our own slant on the English language.

  2. Your list of Aussie abreviations was so fun to read! I have to watch the video links too... These days I'm watching the Australian open - I wish success for Nick Kyrgios!

  3. Happy Australia Day. My Australian friend refers to chicken as "chuck". I had no idea what she was talking about when she sent me a recipe. Your words about the fires are very moving. #AllSeasons

    1. "chuck" I have never heard of that one - maybe "chook"? I will need to add it to my list.

  4. Thanks for sharing the Aussie language! I think I use most of them at various times, they just seem to slip into our vocabulary without much thought. I like Magda doing the "Noice" ads, always get a laugh!!

  5. Happy Australia Day! I loved your Aussie language guide. My husband and I visited Sydney about 9 years ago and everyone told us we had an accent, which we do as we lived most of our lives in Brooklyn, NY.

    1. My husband was told years ago when he started teacher training that he had a broad Australian accent. I know when we had an African visitor one weekend who came to stay with friends, I think half the time he couldn't understand us! :)

  6. Jill - a fun, fun post!! Happy Australia Day to you. You might be pleased to know that there were small Australian flags flying all over our ski resort on the weekend!! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday, my friend!

    1. ski resort! wish I was there. Very HOT today!

  7. Hey Jill, you were first today at All Seasons - a high 5 for that:) So true, the after effects of the fires may come up for a long time:( The list of Australian words made me laugh, most of the words ending on the letter o, I did not know, as well as most of the food words, but I could guess Breckie (because of your image:)) Encouraging to see the regeneration of plants!
    Many thanks for showing us what the Australia Day includes - so interesting and fun! Have a great week.

  8. Hello, Happy Australia Day. I enjoyed the language translations and all the animals. My prayers for the victims of the fires. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

  9. Do I need to be Australian to say, How ya goin'? I would like to start saying that to those I meet when I hike! heehee! Love this post. A lot has changed here in the US since the '50s when I grew up too! Happy Australia Day to you! Hugs!

    1. as long as you run it all together like one word - howyagoin

  10. I love Australia but have never been, it is on the top of my bucket list. Animals, sun, surf, rum...I'm all for it. Happy Australia Day and Rum Rebellion.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  11. Ha you made me realise how Aussie I'd become reading through this list. The ones that stood out for me all those years ago were Doona (duvet cover) Manchester (bedding dept) and chook (chicken)
    Thank you for the link to the bushfire updates. My heart goes out to family and friends in Canberra who are having a continued terrible time. It will be a long night tonight judging by the photos on twitter at the moment.
    Wren x

  12. Happy Straya-dee! Love this post. The Aussie terms seem rather like spoken shorthand!

    1. shortened and slurring caused by keeping the lips close together to keep out the flies! LOL

  13. What a great bit of celebration! It's truly a distinctive way of talking. I still have to ask Hubby what things mean here in NZ!

    Thanks for making 'My Corner of the World' a success this week!

    My Corner of the World

  14. Good post, I loved it, it's great. Very interesting
    I loved your post, I did not know your blog, do you want to follow us? You already tell me. Cheers


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