We all remember the very first time we saw the Looking For Group channel (for some of us, when it was in its scary global incarnation). All those weird acronyms jumping out at us, weird words that we weren’t all familiar with. I remember often wondering what a Princess run was, or where the heck Strat was and why would you want to run it in 45 minutes with some dude named Baron? Not to mention the confusion of Dead Strat and Live Strat…
Well, I am sure that most of us have developed an understanding of all the abbreviations and acronyms, but there is one thing that I know for sure most of you guys just aren’t up to speed on – Good ol’ Strine (Australian lingo for the uninitiated). I don’t know how many times I have baffled people with my so-called ‘weird’ Aussie sayings. So, here’s a fast primer (with some input from the twitterati):
Bludger: (n) lazy person, although I for one am more likely to use the term ‘fricking lazy git’
Bogan: (n) Total slob or person with no class; quite often used to describe people from the country – like a more insulting version of ‘hick’. Also implies that they are socially backward
Claytons: a substitute or fake (from the advertisements for Clayton’s non-alcoholic beverage). Seen most often in Gnomeaggedon’s ‘Clayton’s Posts’
Barry Crocker – ‘He was having a Barry Crocker’ – a shocker; making mistakes left, right and centre.
Dunny – (n) toilet
‘Got the shits’ – no, not suffering from a disease, this one means they are cranky or mad. Had to explain this one to guildies the other day when I said someone had stormed off with the shits… took a while for them to comprehend
Loo – (n) see Dunny.
Stickybeak – (v) to go and have a look at; (n) someone who pokes their nose into other people’s business
Toey – (adj.) ‘As toey as a Roman sandal’ (Thanks Lass). Best described as how Warlocks make you feel when you see a post like this. Not safe for a family blog!
Tosser – (adj.) Once again not appropriate for a family blog, but a derogatory term used for those of the male gender.
Who says that we don’t have a vast and interesting vernacular!! Oh, and some things we do not say… ever (or at least most of us don’t):
“Throw another shrimp on the barbie mate!”
“G’Day” (I don’t think I have ever said this outside of singing the Slim Dusty song… but some people do use it)
Any other Australian terms you have always wondered about, but have always been too afraid to ask? Here’s your chance!