G’day mate: making sense of Australian slang
So you have your visa and health insurance ready to go, but have you brushed up on your Aussie slang?
Australia may be an English-speaking country, but even other English speakers can find Aussies hard to understand. While the language is similar to British English, there are lots of everyday words that are unique to Australia.
Here’s our handy guide to the most common Aussie slang words to get you ready for your stay.
Chockers: very full
Crook: feeling sick, e.g. “I’m a bit crook”
Barbie: barbeque; an outdoor stove for cooking meat
Bottlo: bottle shop, liquor store
Chuck a sickie: take the day off work when you’re not actually sick
Dag: an uncool, but likeable, person
Footy: Australian Rules football
Mob: a group of people
No worries: forgiveness or reassurance, e.g. “You’re welcome”, “Don’t worry about it”, “Yes, I can do that.”
Piker: someone who cancels at the last minute or leaves an event early
Rapt: very pleased
Servo: service/gas station. Also called a petrol station
Squiz: a quick look, e.g. “Take a squiz at this”
Stoked: very pleased