Australian slang you should know, but probably don't!
Expressions I like.
No-one could say that Australian Slang English is anything but the most colourful strain of English out there. The English may have their “rhyming slang” but the Australian version of rhyming slang is a beast that keeps on evolving, and not only that, Aussie slang has a whole host of other words that can play hell with a foreigners understanding of us. In this article we will go into a few words and phrases that show the depth and unparalleled variety of Aussie slang.
- “Off the wood”
In the parlance of drinking, “off the wood” is an expression used in the following manner.
“Hey Sean, want to come down to the pub and have a couple off the wood?”
In case you can’t guess, we are talking about having a beer freshly poured from the tap, in other words, a draught beer. Without being totally sure of the history behind this expression, some research has led me to believe that it came about from when beer was brewed in wooden barrels. As a result, I suppose “off the wood” meant such beer was drunk from a barrel placed at the bar.
- Borry ,or Bog
Meaning to go to the toilet, for a number 2. Borry is most likely a derivative of Bog, and I am unsure of it’s history. Bog is another word for a car being stuck in mud, so this is most likely the connection.
- “On the squirt”
This a favourite expression in the western parts of Australia. One again related to alcohol, “on the squirt” refers to partaking in a heavy drinking session. A great expression to use.
- “get your hand off it!”
Said in a bit of an aggressive tone, “get your hand off it” is a way of questioning someone’s seriousness in some situation. I will not explain the reasons for this expression J using the language it does.
- “you are/you’re kidding yourself”
A good way of describing the unlikelihood an event taking place. This can be said when things are extremely unlikely. “If you think you’re going to get that job you are kidding yourself”
- Brad Pitt
I had to include at least one rhyming slang in this list. Brad Pitt is again, another word for using the toilet. I think that is enough toilet references, so I think we should finish on a different note.
- “Stitch up” or “(name) stitched me up!”
A very useful expression, a stitch up is a situation where you didn’t expect to be disadvantaged, but then forces beyond your control conspire to disadvantage you. Can be the result of a person deliberately harming your prospects (such as the spreading of misinformation) or just bad luck.
That is all for Australian Slang. Some of the above expressions could be classed as rare Australian slang, some not so rare. Feel free to incorporate them into conversations on occasions that you see fit, but use them with Australian friends first of all to gauge their responses before unleashing them upon the great unwashed.