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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 

Jules




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Paws4Critters Pet Stuff
Paws4Critters Pet Stuff | September 20th 2011 at 1316545223

LOL... it is funny how every country, state, region has their own lingo leaving all outsiders just that! It reminds me of so many things... One area in the state of Rhode Island, for instance, say: next time you go tru (thru) my yawd (yard), go round.
LatinaTurk
LatinaTurk | September 20th 2011 at 1316546074

I knew of the history about all those felons, etc. Recently my ex was there for 2 years, he hated it. Its only after I told him about the history, that he chose to come back to USA. Haha...but though there are many good sights mate. But Oprah payed a pretty penny to advertise Australia. Its all good Jules(mate)....its funny you speak about all the same things I know. Your funny......Aussie mate.
Brian J Wood
Brian J Wood | September 20th 2011 at 1316547831

I really enjoyed this post Jules. One of my co-workers came from Melbourne and when he arrived no one really understood his lingo. Everyone was polite and casually agreed with what he was saying but there was a total disconnect as if he was speaking a foreign language. He got a lot of blank stares at first. Gradually everyone started to go with it and now everyone gets a kick out of the Aussie in him.
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Addoway.com/catsmom/storefront/ | September 20th 2011 at 1316558199

Australia has always fascinated me. I loved the lingo lesson.
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buyzjewelry | September 20th 2011 at 1316558199

Aussie 1: What is the difference between a smart blonde and a Tassie Tiger?
Aussie 2: Maybe someday they will find the Tiger!
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Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles | September 20th 2011 at 1316569725

I really enjoyed this post. Even here in the States, people in different states have so many different ways to say the same thing, lol...
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Ayuni Gifts of the World | September 20th 2011 at 1316573200

lol.... met lots of Aussies when travelling........ always loved listening to them!
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Donna's Stuff & More | September 21st 2011 at 1316628341

I have had the pleasure of working with a couple of Aussie's in the past. What a great lot! Thanks for sharing!
Fredrick Nijm
Fredrick Nijm | September 21st 2011 at 1316628919

Australia is a place I have always wanted to visit and hope to one day. Thank you for sharing.
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BeewitchingItems | September 21st 2011 at 1316637761

I love this, thank you so much for sharing. I wouldn't mind visiting your country someday but since I refuse to get on an airplane, I will probably have to content myself with reading about it. :)
Tuckerstuff
Tuckerstuff | September 21st 2011 at 1316653692

Great Blog and thanks. Living in Hawaii, I have been fortunate enough to both work with and meet many Aussies who either live here or visit here frequently and I always enjoy meeting them and talking to them about their home country. Always wanted to visit myself, maybe someday. It's one of my dreams to shed everything and go on a "Walkabout". Until next time, Cheers, Mate!
Pacesetter
Pacesetter | September 21st 2011 at 1316663170

OH my gosh-Holy Dooley! this is Excellent! Love it! So fascinating...many of these phrases and words were used by my best friend's dad when we were growing up and he was Italian with stint in England/Wales and yes, he lovingly called us bloody little b@astards when we were being naughty little girls :)

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