We’re heading to Queensland in a week – and couldn’t BE more excited!
It’s our first time visiting Australia and while doing our pre-game research / planning / drooling we discovered that, sadly, our knowledge of Aussie colloquialisms was limited to dated Crocodile Dundee movies and Outback Steakhouse commercials.
Realizing this had to change, we hit the Twittersphere and asked a simple question:
— The GypsyNesters (@gypsynester) January 18, 2014
What we ended up with is a fun and colorful glossary of Australian slang gathered from our Twitter friends!
Perhaps sensing our feeling of urgency, Paula at Contented Traveller sent this:
— Contented Traveller (@gordyandpaula) January 18, 2014
We had NO idea that women are not supposed to use “mate”! This information is quite well received – Veronica does NOT want to misuse the term when skydiving onto the beach in Coolum – who knows what may go awry? Safety first, we always say. (We not only had a successful skydive, but ended up on Aussie TV because of it!)
Lisa, over at 6 Andersons 1 World, may have saved our lives here:
— Lisa Anderson (@6anderson1world) January 21, 2014
It would have been tragic not to know this one – seriously. We’re worthless without our morning cuppa. We want to be fully awake when we feed crocodiles (!) in Gold Coast. (Yep, successful croc feed accomplished – all limbs accounted for, barely!)
We also got to feed quite a few bizarre Aussie animals at the Australia Zoo!
The fabulous Bender Family of Travel with Bender fame supplied us with these nuggets:
— Travel With Bender (@TravelwitBender) January 19, 2014
Let’s practice: We’re excited to throw a snag on the barbie later this arvo!
Does that work? Or will we be snickered at when we utter it while taking a cooking class from a Australian chef in the Hinterlands? AND we learned why there never can be shrimp on the barbie! :0
Jenny, foodie extraordinaire, from A Taste of Travel in Perth supplied us with these nuggets:
@gypsynester ‘sando’ for sandwich as in fresh cray (crayfish) sando that I’ll be having for lunch!! When are you coming?
— Jenny Freedman (@atasteoftravel) January 21, 2014
A cray sando sounds great to us Jenny! Perhaps the perfect thing to pack when we explore the rainforest of Noosa’s Hinterland?
Emma from Sydney shared:
@gypsynester Um, sanger=sandwich, snag=sausage, dunny=outdoor toilet, bluey=redhead (or blue heeler dog), will think of more later I expect
— Emma Cooper (@emmackat) January 21, 2014
Thanks Emma! Though we’re a bit confused about the sango/sanger discrepancy. Is this a Perth/Sydney thing? Which do they use in Queensland? Emma has more in store for us later…
Let’s practice: Maybe not. That’s a real mouthful of words, and all of our attempts at putting them together into a sentence seem to come out like some sort of crazy, down under mad-lib. (Not putting those words together was a good choice – the fun-loving folks in Gold Coast would have had a field day with that!)
Those adorable monkeys at Wise Monkeys Abroad filled us in:
@gypsynester oops just reread your tweet! You are writing a post 🙂 … There also “how ya going?” = how are you? “Grog” = alcohol
— wisemonkeysabroad (@2wisemonkeys) January 21, 2014
A good combo. Always nice to be polite when tipping back a few beers at the beach after a hard day snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef or kayaking the Noosa Everglades. (Bucket list – check! We had a BLAST snorkeling the reef!)
Our new buddy Sos let it fly:
— Sos Mattsson (@sosarina) January 21, 2014
We ciphered out budgie smugglers (there is a lot of scary slang for these from all over the world that we won’t repeat here!) – speedos. But servo, bottle-o or g’donya mate?
Let’s practice: G’donya mate! You stopped at the servo AND picked up the grog at the bottle-o?
We THINK we just said: Good for you buddy! You stopped at the gas station AND you picked up a pint at the liquor store. Well, David said the “mate” part. 😉
And we got an eyeful of budgie smugglers while basking on Dickey Beach in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast!
@gypsynester Very important, “your shout” means it’s your turn to buy a round of drinks at the pub
— Emma Cooper (@emmackat) January 21, 2014
WHEW. Good stuff. We could have gotten into trouble not knowing that. After cuddling koalas in Brisbane, we never know what we might say! (We DID get to cuddle koalas! Everything we’d dreamed it would be – and more!)
Perhaps Queensland herself is worried we might be buying too many rounds as well, because they tweeted this:
— Queensland Australia (@Queensland) January 20, 2014
To learn advanced phrases like, “Bog in and have some tucker” and “Take a squizz at this” and
“It’s ridgie didge,” check out the wonderfully informative (and humorous) infographic they’ve made for “educational” purposes.
Crikey!, we have some studying to do.
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com
YOUR TURN: Do you have any more slang to round out our education? Any travel tips for Australian newbies? Thoughts on us jumping out of an airplane (we do, but are afraid to vocalize them!)?