Australian (Aussie) Language

This is a 2 minute speech I gave at my Toastmasters club in the “Entertainer” section of the meeting.

[Click the image to see a list of Aussie expressions and their meanings]

Gooday – Toasties – I want to give you a two minute overview of  the Australian language.

The first thing you need to know about Aussie English is that we like to
shorten long words. Why waste breath saying Toastmasters – say  Toasties just like we say Aussie for Australian.

We like to abbreviate place names – I know that David used to live in Brissie (Brisbane) and Catherine has lived half her life in Honkers.  There used to be an advertising campaign for Hong Kong stopovers – Go Bonkers in Honkers.

We like to use rhyming slang. Do you understand this sentence: Let’s hit the horny toad and go for a Captain Cook at steak and kidney. Horny Toad means road, Steak and Kidney is Sydney and Captain Cook means look.

Aussie English has some very colourful expressions.  To laze around is to bludge, so anyone being lazy is a bludger. If you are on unemployment benefits then you are dole bludger. Bludge can be a noun, For example, The computer system wasn’t working so the morning was a bludge.

Aussie English has some very useful similes and metaphors Do you know the meaning of dunny? A dunny originally meant an outside toilet. So when  you hear the expression as useful as a glass door on a dunny  I am sure you can work out that means useless. And something that really stands out  is like a dunny in a desert. Other expressions are all alone like a country dunny, as cunning as a dunny rat and dunny paper.

My time is up now so I am going to shoot through (go away). Hoo – Roo – that means see you later!


Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

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