The following is a list of common Australian expressions that are not common in the U.S., including words that have different meanings in Australia and the U.S.: apples: all right
arvo: afternoon
barbie: barbecue
beltman: lifeguard
bingle: auto accident
bingy: stomach
bitser: mongrel dog
bonzer: excellent
bosker: excellent
bowser: gas pump
brumby: wild horse
Buckley's Chance: slim hope
bundy: time clock
chook: hen
choom: Englishman
cobber: friend
cossie: bathing suit
crust: livelihood
demon: police detective
dinkum: genuine
doer: eccentric person
drongo: simpleton
drum: accurate information
euchred: exhausted
fizgig: police informer
furphy: rumor
goog: egg
grouse: excellent
jumbuck: sheep
king-hit: knockout punch
lair: showoff
larrikin: hooligan
mong: mongrel dog
neddy: horse
Oz: Australia
ropable: angry
rort, rhort: rowdy party
sheila: young woman
shicer: swindler
shivoo:rowdy party
sherrick: small quantity
skite: brag
snack: easy task
snaky: irritable
spinebash: loaf (do nothing)
squib: coward
squiz: quick look
stickybeak: busybody
strides: trousers
strine: Austalian English
swagman: hobo
tucker: food
willy-willy: small inland dust storm, (dust devil)
wipe: reject
yakka: hard work

Please feel free to add to this node any Australian vernacular I failed to include.

Here's some of the Oz slang I encountered

Sick normally means 'not feeling well' but in slang terms it is a synonym for 'awesome'
eg. Hope you have a sick weekend!
Note: Be wise in interpreting when people use that word. Someone with a pale face and runny nose saying "I'm sick" wouldn't be feeling awesome.

Sweet as bro is another synonym for 'awesome'
eg.
Jon: I bought you some lasagne
Garfield: Sweet as bro!
Note: This slang is widely used in New Zealand as well. Grammatically speaking, there is supposed to be a comma after 'sweet as' because you are referring to the person you are talking to as 'bro'.

jigging means skipping a class or school
eg.
Julie: He was jigging his Biology class. I saw him at the shopping mall yesterday.

rad is another word meaning 'awesome'. It seems that Australians are bored of the word 'awesome' to come up with so many alternatives.

spider refers to float, the drink.
eg.
Diane: I drank a spider yesterday. Its so good, you should try it.
Insect: Uhh no thanks.

far out expresses surprise at some news, usually negative. Its similar to 'oh my gosh'
eg:
Joanna: Far out! I still can't figure out the answers even after doing it for hours!

mackers refers to McDonald's the fast food outlet
eg:
Ronald: Let's go to mackers to have a big Mac!

arvo is a shorter word for 'afternoon'. I heard someone say they are lazy to pronounce every syllable so they shorten it.
eg:
Janice: Hey the girls are meeting up tomorrow arvo..Wanna come?

ta is short for 'thank you'. How's that for lazy pronunciation?
eg:
Cashier lady at Wentworth: That's two dollars and forty cents change. Ta!

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