One of my favorite aspects of living in a new place is picking up local lingo. For example, when I moved to Boston I learned a galaxy of wonderful new words including:
Wicked – very, extremely
Bubbler – water fountain
Pocketbook – purse
Jimmies – sprinkles
Frappes – sad excuse for a milkshake
Pisser (Pissah) – awesome or misfortunate, depending on the context
I knew that moving to Sydney would provide me with an equally dazzling collection of words and phrases that I could use to impress family and friends and perhaps even become better understood here in Australia. I have been collecting them over the past few weeks so without further adieu, here is your first lesson on speaking like an Australian:
Stuff up – mistake
Bang on – precisely
Brolly – umbrella
Verballed – verbally assaulted
How you going? – How are you?
Have a whinge – to complain
Nappy – a diaper
Car Park – Parking lot
Lollies – Candy
Prezzy – Gift
Mobile – Cell Phone
Side note: Foster’s, which we Americans had been led to believe is ‘Australian for beer’ (thanks to propaganda) isn’t actually found in many pubs here. Foster’s is mostly exported – completely shattering everything I thought I knew about Australia.
Anyhoo, I hope you enjoyed your first lingo lesson. Why not ‘have a go’:
1.) I will not be _____________ by you, good sir!
2.) It’s ___________ eight o’clock.
3.) The Texas Rangers will probably ______________ about losing the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.
4.) Halloween is the perfect time for ____________.
5.) The ______________ at this mall is pretty full.
6.) I have no idea what a “cell phone” is, why don’t I just call you on your ________.
Answer key: 1.) Verballed 2.) Bang On 3.) Have a whinge 4.) Lollies 5.) Car Park 6.) Mobile
So, how did you do? Please accept the appropriate Wicked Pissah from me depending on your score. Oh, and stay tuned for more lingo!