Australians—I mean, Aussies—love to shorten all of the words. Aussies enjoy to have a good yarn (chat). But, they want to make it quick…or maybe they are just lazy. Whatever the reason, abbreviations are an essential part of understanding a true Aussie.
We would say it's more than just a slang, it’s a national hobby to get the phrases, words and sentences shorten. It may sound easy but try to figure out the one below:
“Deffodowning some cabsav sarvo”.
("I will most certainly be enjoying a glass or two of a fine cabernet sauvignon in the latter part of the day.")
Got confused? No worries, we are here to help you out! Let’s go through some essentials. What do you need to know to order some food and drinks:
Brekkie – a breakfast
Snags - the sausages
Lollies - regular sweets, not lollipops
Barbie — barbeque
Bum-nuts — eggs
Cuppa — a cup of tea
Murphy — potato
Sanger — sandwich
Avo - Avocado
Paw Paw - Papaya
Choccy - chocolate sweets
Baba - small, rich sponge cake usually soaked in rum
Pavlova, Pav - traditional meringue dessert with glazed fruit on top named for the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova
Chook - chicken
Mash - mashed potatoes
We have more! Find below the list of words you can use at the student party. It always easier to find new friends when you are on the same page:
16. Ripper - really great
17. Bottle - O -‘bottle shop’, a store that sells alcohol
18. Goon - cheap wine sold in large cartons
19. Maccas - McDonald's
20. She’s a bloody ripper - something awesome
21. Slab - 24-pack of beer
22. Tinny - can beer
23. Muso - band player
24.Facey - Facebook
25. Root - sexual intercourse
We hope it was useful. At least, now you know that it’s better to avoid showing your support in Australia by saying “The whole group will be rooting for him”. It may be confusing and cause a lot of laugh among Aussies.
Have a good one!