I thought this week I would share a few laughs and giggles about the land where I come from. Some of the funny slang you would hear at the corner pub on any given night of the week.
Australians for the most part are quite a relaxed bunch, and if there is a shortcut, abbreviation or way around it, you can bet we either used it, found it, or in more dire circumstances, invented it.
Some of these words/phrases I use on a regular basis, others might be a fair suck of the sav.
I have credited the original author/speaker where possible - otherwise they are anonymous and the person who said them is darn happy about that.
It's Australian to do such things because, however uncivilised they may seem, it's human to do them. Hugh Mackay
Unless you're willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen Phillip Adams - journalist
Apples, she'll be : It'll be all right - the usual way is 'She'll be Apples' - my hubby says this all the time.
“Stop worrying / nobody gets out of this world alive.” - Clive James
Aussie salute : brushing away flies with the hand
Bastard : term of endearment (quite a few might disagree with this one)
Big Smoke : a big city, especially Sydney or Melbourne
Bottler : something excellent
Bush telly : campfire
Cactus : dead, not functioning ("this bloody washing machine is cactus")
Fair suck of the sav! : exclamation of wonder, awe, disbelief (see also "sav")
Holy dooley! : an exclamation of surprise = "Good heavens!", "My goodness!" "Good grief!" or similar
You never want an Australian with his back against the wall. You put any 12 blokes together and you'll get a job done. Whether it's getting a bogged four-wheel-drive off the beach or standing in front of a cricket wicket and making sure we're in a dominant position. It's the same dog, different leg action, so to speak - Matthew Hayden - cricket player
One gets tired of the role critics are supposed to have in this culture: It's like being the piano player in a whorehouse; you don't have any control over the action going on upstairs Robert Hughes - author and critic
They who came here in chains, who were lashed while they worked in convict gangs at Port Arthur. They who like many others were driven through starvation or oppression from their home-lands to the shores of this new country, Australia. They, who for a multitude of reasons that hopefully, I or my children will never witness or experience, decided not to harbour grudges or discontent but rather to look to the future. They who embraced this country as their own and said; "let's get on with it, this is a new land, this is our home. Dennis O'Keeffe - Musician
A few years ago we colonised this place with some of our finest felons, thieves, muggers, alcoholics and prostitutes, a strain of depravity which I believe has contributed greatly to this country's amazing vigour and enterprise Ian Wooldridge - English