Australians call themselves Aussies. We often say we come from “Down Under” meaning down underneath the top part of the world.
A politician is a pollie, a soldier is a digger and a sandwich is a sanga.
A thong, as everyone knows, is a type of underwear but in Australia it’s also a flip flop type of footwear. (Kiwis call them jandals)
We don’t go to the corner store we go to the “dairy”.
A ‘tall poppy” is a high achiever and if you’re lying, you’re telling a “furphy”.
“Who was that shiela I saw you with last night ?” a shiela is a woman or girlfriend.
“He’s a dinky-di Australian” dinky-di means genuine or true.
“She’s big-noting about the famous people she’s met” big-noting is bragging.
A “hoon’ is an anti-social young male creating havoc with his car on the road (speeding, drifting, doing burn-outs)
If you’re a bit crazy we’ll say you’re “a few kangaroos short in the top paddock”
To be “fair dinkum” means to be true, for real.
To have a “squiz” is to have a look “I’ll just have a squiz in this shop”
These are all fair dinkum Aussie expressions mate.
Hooroo (goodbye) Ian
By the way, Australia is a great place to study.
Until next time