G’day Sheilas! Welcome to The Student Travel’s ‘Guide to Australian Slang’. In this post, I will be sharing some of my favorite Aussie slang words and some words that are just plain weird. If you’re heading Down Under soon, then this is the lingo you’re gonna need!
Arvo – afternoon. Eurgh, I hate this one. ‘See you this arvo’ – NO!
Avo – Avocado. Avo is an Australian staple. ‘Smashed’ (or mashed to us Brits) avo on toast graces practically every brunch menu in the land.
Bogan – Google defines ‘Bogan’ as ‘an uncouth or unsophisticated person, regarded as being of low social status’.
According to my Aussie friends, ‘Bogan’ is weighted with meaning and can’t simply be compared to our use of the word ‘chav’ as I suggested.
I’m still not too sure about this one but I know that if someone calls me it, I get to punch them in the face.
Doco – Documentary. Teehee, this one is sweet.
Doll – a term of endearment, especially adorable when used by the elderly.
Doona – duvet. Super legit and used on duvet packaging.
Far Out – This expression is not, as I initially thought, purely used in 90s stoner films. Nope, real people actually use it on a day-to-day basis. I thought that it meant ‘cool’ but actually is used in the place of ‘damn’ or ‘FFS’. Who knew?!
Heaps – ‘I like using the word heaps, heaps!’ I don’t. It’s actually very annoying.
How you going? – It is so important that you know how to respond to this before coming to Oz as you will get asked it daily!
When the question ‘How you going?’ was first posed to me, I had no idea what to say. ‘I’m going good’/’I’m not going anywhere’/’I’m walking’/’I’m delightful thank you’ – all potential possible answers.
I reacted by mumbling but I now know to treat it as ‘How are you’ and to respond accordingly. Although it is perfectly normal to reply ‘I’m going good’. Grammar at its worst.
Rugged Up – dressed in warm clothes (I find this one so cute!)
Sanga – Sandwich. I love this and am waiting for the opportunity to say, ‘sling me a sanga’.
Super – Makes your sentence have 10x as much gravitas e.g. ‘I’m excited’ turns into ‘I’m super excited!’ I know who’s telling the truth.
Too easy/ No drama – These two are interchangeable, simply meaning, ‘No trouble’. Typically used to round-off a phone conversation or by the waiting staff at a restaurant.