Americans Try To Guess The Meaning Of Australian Words

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BuzzFeed Australia sent our US colleagues Sam and Kristin a list of common Australian words to see if they could figure out their meanings. Turns out they’ve got a thing or two to learn.

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Kristin: Cool, let’s start with aggro. Sam: I thought aggro was, like, a hillbilly farmer.Kristin: That’s wonderful.Actual definition: Aggro. Short for aggressive, used to describe someone who is really angry, e.g., “This guy ran into my car and I got so aggro.”

Sam: Arvo is like a wild Australian aardvark.Kristin: I thought it was, like, short for announcing that you are arriving. Like, I am arvo. I AM ARVO.Sam: Wait I can see that. It’s sassy, and classy!Kristin: And when you leave, you are like, I AM OVRA.Sam: Yup. Sounds about right.Kristin: NAILED IT.Actual definition: Arvo. Short for afternoon, e.g., “Yeah I’ll get it done this arvo.”

Sam: Bloke is totally a dude, right? Bloke is like THAT guy. Everyone knows at least one bloke.Kristin: Bloke is basically the same as dude. It’s like a bro. You bloke out.Sam: I feel like it is sort of condescending in a way?Kristin: Like you’re saying, “THIS asshole.”Sam: Yup exactly.Actual definition: Bloke. A man, e.g., “He’s a top bloke.”

Kristin: What is a bludger? I feel like that’s a Quidditch thing.Sam: I mean, there is the Harry Potter version. We all read Harry Potter. STOP TRYING TO FOOL US, AUSSIES.Kristin: We have books here too, Australia.Actual definition: Bludger. A lazy person, e.g., “Get off Facebook and do some work, ya bludger.”

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Kristin: OK, what is a bogan?Sam: I feel like it’s a nice way of saying booger?Kristin: HA I was gonna say.Sam: Sorry, my nose was a bit congested with some bogans.Kristin: It’s short for toboggan?Sam: Is there snow in Australia?Kristin: No. That’s like asking if there is snow in hell.Sam: It must be about boogers then.Kristin: Watch, there is totally snow in Australia.Sam: There must be.Kristin: SORRY, AUSTRALIA.Sam: But I refuse to acknowledge it as an ignorant American.Kristin: LOL.Actual definition: Bogan. Someone with no class or taste. The Australian version of a red neck, e.g., “Wollongong is full of bogans.”

Sam: I have to cheat, I think I know what budgie smugglers are.Kristin: Budgie smuggler sounds like their version of turd burglar. Am I close?Sam: I think it’s Speedo?Kristin: HA. Does budgie means penis? It’s a penis smuggler?Sam: Arggghhhh me mateys. We’ve got a lot of DICK aboard… I read that in Captain Barbossa’s voice in my head. It’s amazing. Try it.Kristin: NO.Actual definition: Budgie smugglers. Men’s Speedo-style swimwear, e.g., “Our prime minister is fond of budgie smugglers.”

Sam: OK let’s do carked it. Kristin: Is that like dead?Sam: Maybe? Actually, that sounds good.Kristin: Like, he carked the bucket?Sam: I was thinking like “corked it”. As in stopped drinking wine.Kristin: Or maybe it’s nailed it.Sam: OooOOOOoooh.Kristin: CARKED IT.Sam: Yeah that sounds right. Either you died, or you did something really well.Kristin: Yeah, you carked it.Actual definition: Carked it. Died/dead, e.g., “I need a new phone, this one has carked it.”

Kristin: A clacker sounds like the way you’d describe a person on a first date. That did not go very well.Sam: Ooooo so kind of like “clunker”.Kristin: Like, I am swiping left.Sam: Yup.Kristin: On this clacker.Sam: I could totally see that.Actual definition: Clacker. Anus, e.g., “My clacker was on fire after eating that chilli.”

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Sam: Dag is like damn right? Like dag gum it.Kristin: Dag is totally damn.Sam: DAG IT. Yeah.Kristin: Or it’s dog if you have one of those Australian Boston accents.Sam: That sounds about right.Actual definition: Dag. An untidy or uncool person. Someone who looks like the matted, dirty wool around a sheep’s bum, e.g., “Is she wearing Ugg boots at the movies? What a dag.”

Sam: Derro. Is like a cute way of saying hello?Kristin: I WAS JUST THINKING THAT.Sam: Like you would say it to a baby.Kristin: Derro is how you say hello to a puppy.Sam: Yup.Actual definition: Derro. Someone who is lower class and perceived as trashy, e.g., “No you can’t bum a smoke, you derro.”

Kristin: Dunny has to mean vagina.Sam: I feel like dunny has a MEANING so yes. I was going to go with, like, when you’re a shitshow drunk, but vag makes more sense.Kristin: It’s vag.Sam: Total slang.Kristin: I bet a lot of these are vag.Actual definition: Dunny. Slang for toilet, e.g., “I beat level 365 of Candy Crush while I was on the dunny.”

Sam: Firies. That’s, like, diarrhea or like BAD farts after you have dairy.Kristin: Yeah, it means fiery poops. I have the firies.Actual definition: Firies. Short for firefighters, e.g., “Quick, put some lipgloss on, those firies are hot.”

Sam: Franger. Is that like a cowboy version of Frasier?Kristin: That’s penis, right? Same thing.Sam: Omg. Yes. Franger + dunny.Kristin: EXACTLY.Sam: Check out that kid’s franger!Kristin: WHAT?Sam: CROIKEY.Kristin: IN WHAT CONTEXT WOULD YOU SAY THAT?Sam: THAT’S A BIG ONE.Kristin: You basically just said, “Look at the dick on THAT child!” NOTE TO AUSTRALIA: I DO NOT ENDORSE THAT SENTENCE. Actual definition: Franger. Slang for condom, e.g., “Better pack some frangers, I’m feeling lucky.”

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Sam: Grog. I mean…Kristin: Well, that’s rum.Sam: We both drink.Kristin: We know what pirates mean.Sam: I’m not fooled.Kristin: Anything relating to pirates, we know all about.Actual definition: Grog. Alcohol, e.g., “We can stop at the grog shop on the way to the party.”

Sam: What the fuck is a k’noath? I feel like it is BAD.Kristin: Is it a snack?Sam: You’re going the oats direction? It just sounds weird. Idk.Kristin: I am actually afraid it has like a really important meaning and if I say “it’s a vagina” then I will be sent to writer jail.Sam: This is the first one where I’m like whut.Kristin: I bet a k’noath is a very important snack.Sam: Let’s just use that as our cover story. It’s like toast with Vegemite. People will buy that.Kristin: There we go.Actual definition: K’noath. Short for fucking oath. Used to express enthusiastic agreement, e.g., “Damn Kerry’s mum is hot.” “K’noath.”

Kristin: Macca’s is McDonald’s.Sam: You know this, right?Kristin: We know all about McDonald’s. We got that pretty much on lock.Sam: Duh.Actual definition: Macca’s. Short for McDonald’s, e.g., “She bought me Macca’s, I’m gonna marry her.”

Sam: Old fella. Kristin: No joke.Sam: I feel like this is what a lot of blokes call their dick.Kristin: I think this actually is penis.Sam: Wow love it.Actual definition: Old fella. Slang for penis, e.g., “He flopped his old fella out!” Kristin: I actually know the meaning of on the piss so I will let you go.Sam: Um, is this like a pissing contest?Kristin: Yes, Sam. It’s totally a pissing contest.Sam: Ok.Kristin: A pissing contest you have with your friends. It’s an annual holiday.Sam: Like, is it when things are going shitty?Kristin: You COULD say that.Sam: Like GD it I’m sucking at school, my grades are on the piss.Kristin: It does have a lot to do with when things get shitty.Sam: That’s my guess.Kristin: Perfect.Actual definition: On the piss. To go out and drink alcohol, e.g., “It’s Friday, let’s get on the piss!”

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Kristin: Pash? Sam: Is that like when you’re high. “Let’s go smoke a J and get way pash.”Kristin: I was gonna say it’s like a rash.Sam: Oh. Ew. Yeah. Totally. Yuck.Actual definition: Pash. To kiss passionately, e.g., “Abby and Jordan totally pashed behind the sheds at lunchtime.”

Sam: Omg RACK OFF like…Kristin: That’s jerk off, right?Sam: That’s totally it. Everyone racks off.Kristin: ONE OF THESE IS JERK OFF.Sam: This is it. We’ve found the decoy. It’s rack off.Kristin: Watch, it means you got something cool off the rack at the store or something.Sam: Probably.Actual definition: Rack off. Go away/fuck off, e.g., “Hey wanna go out with me?” “Rack off!”Sam: Ripper is totally a huge fart.Kristin: It’s totally a fart.Actual definition: Ripper. Something good or exciting, e.g., “I won the lotto!” “You little ripper!”

Sam: Root. Like is this not the root of a tree maybe?Kristin: Root is to look for? Like, I rooted around for a snack?Sam: I would buy that. Root for some frangers.Kristin: You are looking for dicks?Sam: Always.Actual definition: Root. To have sex, e.g., “Wanna root?”

Kristin: Salvos sounds like a wizard.Sam: Maybe a sloppy wet kiss?Kristin: It’s probably a type of shoe.Actual definition: Salvos. Short for the Salvation Army, used to describe both the organisation and the charity stores it runs, e.g., “I picked this dress up for $2 at the Salvos.”

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Kristin: Servo? Sam: Waiter. Duh right?Kristin: Maybe it means surfing? They like surfing right? I don’t really know.Sam: Yeah but I feel like they spell it correctly? I feel like it’s an abbrev.Kristin: Most of what I know about Australia I learned from Finding Nemo.Sam: I mean, same. Plus Steve Irwin, God rest his soul.Actual definition: Servo. Short for service station, e.g., “We need to stop off at the servo, the fuel light is flashing.”Sam: Sheila is totally chick.Kristin: Oh really?? HAHAHA.Sam: Like, a good-looking chick.Kristin: OH MY GOD. I thought it meant kangaroo!Sam: HA.Kristin: This is what I get for going to Outback Steakhouse. I was going to be like, I KNOW THIS ONE, FROM THE BATHROOM SIGN AT OUTBACK.Actual definition: Sheila. A woman, e.g., “I heard you got yourself a sheila.”Kristin: Spit the dummy sounds like something that if I searched for it on Tumblr at work I would get fired.Sam: Probably. I mean, is it a blowjob?Kristin: I was gonna say vomit? So…tangentially related.Sam: It involves some sort of bodily emission.Kristin: Spit the dummy is NSFW. Actual definition: Spit the dummy. To display anger, similar to throwing a tantrum, e.g., “Greg spit the dummy when he saw what happened to Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones.”Kristin: Strewth? I don’t know, french fries? One of these is french fries.Sam: It’s such a weird word.Kristin: It sounds like a drunk person saying truth.Actual definition: Strewth. An exclamation meaning “for real” or “it’s the truth”, e.g., “Strewth, I thought I’d never see you again, mate!”

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Sam: Sunnies is like the cute Australian word for sunglasses orrrrrr boobs.Kristin: Those are sunglasses.Actual definition: Sunnies. Short for sunglasses, e.g., “These sunnies really suit your heart-shaped face.”Kristin: Swimmers are…feet?Sam: I’m TEMPTED to say sperm.Kristin: OH.Sam: Actually I could see feet!Kristin: I’m glad you repped for sperm, though.Sam: Yeah. Just gotta put that out there.Actual definition: Swimmers. Short for swimsuit, e.g., “I look ***FLAWLESS in my new swimmers.”

Kristin: Ok thongs. I actually know this one, so I am curious what you think it is.Sam: This is sandals, right.Kristin: …yes.Sam: I feel like Aussies need to change the word for this.Kristin: AGREED.Sam: While at the pool a few years ago a mom came up to a group of us guards and asked if we had seen her thong and we started crying and she had no idea why.Kristin: YOU SEE.Sam: Like, c’mon, Aussies.Kristin: THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE WORDS.Sam: Not kewt.Actual definition: Thongs. A form of footwear; what Americans refer to as flip-flops, e.g., “I’m gutted, my favourite pair of thongs wore out.”Sam: Trackie daks? Kristin: Skid marks? Or shoes?Sam: Let’s go with that, bc I think I know what these are.Kristin: It means skid marks.Actual definition: Trackie daks. Tracksuit pants; what Americans refer to as sweatpants, e.g., “Nah I’m not going out, I’ve already got my trackie daks on.”

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Kristin: A tucker is a nice dog.Sam: Ugh.Kristin: Or someone who…tucks?Sam: I was going WAY into left field. Um. Yes.Kristin: Ok, we’ll go with a nice dog.Sam: Good call.Actual definition: Tucker. Food, e.g., “That was some good tucker.”Sam: Up yourself is, like, clean up?Kristin: I think it means go fuck yourself. ONE OF THESE means go fuck yourself.Sam: OoooOOOoo. Yeah like this one has ATTITUDE for sure.Kristin: Or it means vomit? To be fair A LOT OF THESE sound like the word for vomit. Actual definition: Up yourself. A snob or narcissist; someone who really loves themselves, e.g., “All he does is post selfies, he’s so up himself.”Kristin: Ute? Sam: A cowboy?Kristin: I was gonna say an idiot.Sam: Yeah it’s some sort of man. “Stop being such a UTE”.Kristin: Some sort of stupid, foolish man.Sam: Yeah I could see that. A level below a bloke.Actual definition: Ute. Short for utility vehicle, e.g., “You’ve got a ute, can you help me move on the weekend?”Kristin: Wag means jerk off.Sam: Is that, like, a wife and girlfriend?Kristin: Right?Sam: Or a dog?Kristin: AH.Sam: OHHHH – wag off! Yeah? I think you’re right.Actual definition: Wag. To ditch school, e.g., “I’m grounded, Mum caught me wagging.”Sam: Woop Woop? Kristin: Is that the sound a kangaroo makes? Or is it sex?Sam: Maybe? I was going to say a party?Kristin: OH. That is the mature adult definition. Or it’s a nice dog. Sam: I feel like it’s sex, a party, or sex you have at a party.Kristin: Yeah, it’s something gross involving other humans.Actual definition: Woop Woop. Really far away, in the middle of nowhere, e.g., “I’m not going to Trevor’s house, he lives in Woop Woop.”

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