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Aussie Slang 101: The 7 phrases you need to know this Australia Day

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Struggling to understand the locals this Australia Day? Here is The Greek Herald‘s dictionary of the top 10 Aussie slang phrases you need to know.

1. BARBIE:

(Noun) Abbreviation of ‘barbecue’; seldom used in the same sentence as ‘shrimp’.
“Let’s defo have a barbie this arvo.”

2. FAIR DINKUM:

(Adjective) An expression used to emphasise truth or veracity.
“That chocolate biscuit tasted fair dinkum unbelievable.”

Footy in Australia.

3. FOOTY:

(Noun) Abbreviation of football; Australia’s favourite pastime.
“Should we invite Johnno around to watch the footy this arvo?”

4. SNAG:

(Noun) Sausage – a cylinder of processed meat that represents Australia’s richest culinary tradition.
“I asked Johnno to pick up some snags for the barbie this arvo, but he forgot.”

A ‘snag.’

5. THONGS:

(Noun) Sandals or ‘flip-flops,’ wedged between one’s toes rather than one’s bum cheeks.
“You always wear thongs.”

6. U-EY:

(Noun) (Pronounced: yoo-ee) A U-turn; changing the direction of a vehicle 180 degrees.
“Chuck a u-ey” (i.e. “Perform a U-turn”).

7. WOOP WOOP:

(Noun) The remote outback or ‘middle of nowhere.’
“If she doesn’t chuck a u-ey soon we’re going to end up in Woop Woop.”

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