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Mate, Australia Day is just ‘round the corner. So stop carrying on like a pork chop and get up to speed with your Aussie slang!

Our cousins in the Southern Hemisphere will be celebrating Australia Day on Tuesday 26 January. The national holiday marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain by our very own Governor Arthur Phillip.

To commemorate Australia’s national holiday at the end of the month, our friends at Contiki are offering 15% off all Australian tours (seven days or longer) from Friday 22 January – Tuesday 26 January. But first, get up to speed with a lesson in some everyday Aussie slang...

A few words to start the lesson:

SLANG
“Woop woop”

TRANSLATION
A name given to small Australian town in the middle of nowhere
“Oh crikey, he lives out in woop woop.” 

SLANG
“Tracky-dacks”

TRANSLATION
Loose and incredibly comfortable sweatpants
“Can’t wait to get home and get my tracky-dacks on.” 

SLANG
“Maccas”

TRANSLATION
The classic dining establishment named McDonalds
“Forget ya diet, let’s get maccas for dinner.”

SLANG
“Bottle-O”

TRANSLATION
A shop that sells alcohol – no booze for sale at the supermarket Down Under!
“Just headin’ down to the bottle-o to pick up a slab.”

SLANG
“Stoked”

TRANSLATION
When you’re intensely enthusiastic or excited about something – common phrase amongst surfers
“Yeah mate, I was pretty stoked with that set.”

Up the game with some phrases: 

SLANG
“Full as a goog”

TRANSLATION
How you feel after consuming a few too many meat pies and lamingtons  

SLANG
“As mad as a gum tree full of galahs”

TRANSLATION
To describe someone who is acting irrationally

SLANG
“Flat out like a lizard drinkin”

TRANSLATION
Feeling extremely rushed and busy

SLANG
“He’s got a few roos loose in the top paddock”

TRANSLATION
Someone who isn’t making sense and is a little mental

SLANG
“See you round like a rissole”

TRANSLATION
See you later 

As easy as that. Now you’re a true blue, dinky di Aussie!

 


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