Aussie:English idioms

Someone who doesn’t let the moths out of his wallet: A tight-fisted person Rafferty’s Rules: Anything goes Beyond the rabbit-proof fence: At the back of beyond She’s sweet/she’s apples/she’ll be right: Everything’s OK Get into second gear/rattle your dags: Get a move on Go for your life: go ahead Home Read more…

Learn to speak Strine

My chiropractor is about to emigrate to Australia, which reminded me of these, some of my favourite Aussie-English translations:

Arvo: Afternoon
Bludger: Lazy person
Bonzer: Good/great
Boomer: Large kangaroo/anything big
Bowser: Petrol pump
Brumby: Wild horse
Bunyip: Mythical creature
Cark-it: Die
Carry on: Lark about
Chook: Chicken
Chunder: Vomit
Cobber: Friend
Comfort station: Toilet
Cove: Chap/fellow
Crook: Sick/out of order
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