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  • Added on: March 11th, 2007
...Did you hear the one about the Australian who migrated to the U.S.A.?
...He raised the I.Q. in both countries. Hehehe. Cracking Up


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  • Added on: March 11th, 2007
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Originally posted by Whistler:
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OFF LIKE A BUCKET OF PRAWNS...to depart hastily.

USEFUL AS A FLYWIRE DOOR ON A SUBMARINE...useless.



I thought "Off like like a bucket of Prwans" was actually "Off like a bucket of Prawns in the Sun"
Other "hastily departed"...

- Off like a bride's nightie;
- Off like a Jewish foreskin (remember, I did not think these up);

Other "useless" sayings...

- Useless as teats on a bull
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  • Added on: March 13th, 2007
You could be right MIm , RE: off like a bucket of prawns (in the sun). Guess it depends where you grow up and who you hear saying it. What about - Couldn't raffle a chook in a country pub. Know any others? Don't reckon anybody can beat the "Aussies" for being the most creative and talented with the oral word.

Nerokerr not quite sure how "word" works. We say something is out of whack, it has a similar meaning to your "whack".

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originally posted by jedimasterbooboo:
Yeah, I think you got my drift on the "why do aussies have so many words for dumb people" comment.
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Have you ever been to Australia before, jedimasterbooboo? You will learn that Australians are not as conservative as the British and not as brash as the Americans , but somewhere in the middle, which rather gives us a pretty good equalibrium don't you think? Hmm.

Anyway, the point is you probably don't know Australians very well and if you ever happen to visit Australia and come to Melbourne, I'd be happy to meet with you and have a drink(or two etc.) and show you around. Trinque

Hey , did you like the tale about the migrating Aussie?


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  • Added on: March 14th, 2007
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Couldn't raffle a chook in a country pub



That reminds me of our phrase 'couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery'

Now I say our phrase, but it sounds like something that could have originated in Australia and come back over to Britain. Anyone want to lay claim to it?

The above also reminds me of when I was in Brisbane -(where they brew Castlemaine XXXX), and a local told me that Fosters was made from the dregs on the floor of the Castlemaine brewery! - How's that for an example of Aussie humour!
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  • Added on: March 14th, 2007
Friendly rivalry, my dear Everett, friendly rivalry.

These two offerings are from the noticeboard of the Lings Longa pub in Gundy, New South Wales.

PRAYER FOR BEER
Our lager
Which art in barrels
Hallowed be the drink
Thy will be drunk
At home as it is in the pub
Give us this day our foamy head
And forgive us our spillages
As we forgive thos who spill against us
And lead us not into incarceration
But deliver us from hangovers
For thine is the beer
The bitter, the lager
Barmen,

ON A CRUDELY HACKED CIRCLE OF CARDBOARD:
This is a tuit. At long last we have a sufficient quantity for you to have one of your own. Guard it with your life! These tuits are hard to come by, especially the round ones! "I'll do that as soon as I get a round tuit>" Now that you have a round tuit of your own, many things that you meant to do just may get done. So get tuit!

(Tuit is also a brand of New Zealand beer).


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  • Added on: March 14th, 2007
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from the noticeboard of the Lings Longa pub


Now that reminds me of a couple of notices at Aitu airport in the Cook Islands - Aitu airport is basically a hut next to a small landing strip, and its idea of sirport security was a notice that said something like "please hand all your hand guns, grenades, bazookas and nuclear missiles to the pilot before boarding".

The other notice simply said "welcome to gate two"!!

The signs were nothing to do with beer I know, but Aitu is actually the place where i had the best/stongest beer/alcohol in my life - it was made from oranges. I'm sure i learnt some local cook island slang that night too, but can't remember any now.
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  • Added on: March 14th, 2007
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Couldn't raffle a chook in a country pub



That reminds me of our phrase 'couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery'


One of my colleagues (one that I do not actually like much) had this to say about one of her male customers yesterday:

"Couldn't organise a r**t in a brothel"

Charming eh!?!

While I agree with Whistler that we do have a lot of colourful sayings in Oz, I think this is probably a legacy from Irish immigrants. I've only spent a few days in Ireland but WOW - they have colourful sayings galore - and not just crude ones.

What Australians do very well is inuendo. Almost nothing can be said without there being the opportunity for double entendres and someone having a little snigger.
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  • Added on: March 19th, 2007
One of our sayings -"Bob's your uncle" comes from the English immigrants. It refers to Sir Robert Peel (Bob) getting jobs for his family members. Ergo Bob's your uncle!


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  • Added on: September 8th, 2007
Bloody Oath!

I love these insults, and I can't believe after looking at everyone else's posts how many we seem to have.

Well here's a few more:

Rack Off! - push off, get lost.
Bugger Off! same as above.
As useful as an ashtray on a motorbike - That one's another version of the tits on a bull.
Yobbo - an uncoth person.
He's such a Wowser - straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport.
come off the Grass! - do you think I'm stupid or gullible?


Come on you all look like a bunch of Stunned Mullets (look suprised) Eek

But that's it from me I have to shoot off.

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  • Added on: September 9th, 2007
Od localstranger, it did me heart good to see some good ole Aussie humour. Sorry never mind me.
Anyway, here's one - Don't come the raw prawn

Have a nice day ,Whistler.


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  • Added on: November 3rd, 2007
We speak Gaeilge in Ireland. And by "we" i mean the very few of us that have managed to keep the language alive after England pretty much succeeded in destroying our language and culture.

Some slang used here in Dublin, Ireland

What's the craic?, What's the story?, How's she cutting? Cad e an scéal? = All forms of saying hello

Are you going for a few scoops? = Are you going for a few pints

I was twisted last night = I was drunk last night

I'm going the jacks = i'm going the bathroom

i'm having a paddy power = i'm having a shower

All right horsebox = How are you mate/pal/etc


There's loads more but it's too early in the morning to think

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  • Added on: March 28th, 2008
Once while feeling home sick while away I was surfing the net and came across this site. I now have it bookmarked so I can look at it when ever I'm out of the country and missing Oz.

Australian Slang Dictionary

It was done by a Yank who lives in Australia but is grouse and pretty comprehensive (though there are some things which are missing but that can be attributed to his background and some form of regionalisation...and the guys a Cane Toad). But it's even cross referenced!
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  • Added on: August 12th, 2008
(Originally from the States, lived in Canada the last few years, now in New Zealand, might have picked up some random slang but I'll try to keep it to the Americanisms):

Yo/word/dude etc have all been mentioned, so I'll add:

-You guys: the equivalent of y'all... I'll say it to a group of all girls without hesitation.
-Dep/dairy/corner store/convenience store: many names for the same thing. It seems that this is one of the most changeable terms in the various English-speaking countries.
-Wasted/trashed/gone/fucked/blasted/hammered: drunk
-Pissed: angry, NOT drunk.
-Peacing: leaving, as in "Okay, I'm peacing" or "peacing out."
-Hook up: this seems to mean different things in different countries... some people will tell you it means "have sex," while others think it's just "make out." I use it the second way... also used as a vague term when you want to say that you got together with someone but don't want to specify the level of activity engaged in.

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  • Added on: April 19th, 2009
everett wrote:The above also reminds me of when I was in Brisbane -(where they brew Castlemaine XXXX), and a local told me that Fosters was made from the dregs on the floor of the Castlemaine brewery! - How's that for an example of Aussie humour!


It's only called XXXX because Queenslanders can't spell Beer.

Not that I drink Fosters, it's Dr. Cooper's finest for me!

And I maintain that B&S stands for Bogans and Spirits. There's another. Bogan. Hard to explain, but VB drinkin', custom ute drivin', rootn' 'n' shootn' types.


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