G’day… and other Aussie Sayings
You may have heard of the Australian phrase G’day for hello or mate as a term for a friend but there are other particular phrases used by Australians (Aussies) you might like to listen out for. Here are just a few:
Arvo — afternoon
Aussie — a term used to describe Australian residents. I’m Aussie means I’m Australian
BBQ — Australians like to cook outside, especially in the summer months, on a portable gas heated hotplate called a barbecue. You will usually here someone saying they are having a BBQ for dinner. This refers to dinner (meat, vegetables) cooked on the outside barbecue.
Bloke — Man, guy
Check it out — Look at that
Dinkum, fair dinkum — Genuine, truthful, the real thing
Esky — Portable icebox or cooler
Fair enough — unenthusiastic agreement
Footpath — Sidewalk alongside road
Have a good one — Have a good day
Hang on — wait
How you travelling? — This does not refer to your mode of travel e.g. car, train, plane but How you are feeling? Or how are you today?
How are you going? — How are you? It is also an invitation to ask for help or advice.
How’d it go? How was it? e.g. the game
Good Onya — Good on you, term of approval
Jumper — Sweater
Make a crust — Work for a living, as in How do you make a crust? means How do you earn a living?
No worries — no problem or you are welcome
No idea — I do not know
Oz — Term for Australia
Reckon — Think, as in What' ya reckon? means What do you think?
Ring, tingle — Phone someone up, as in I'll give him a ring means I’ll phone him
She'll be right — No problem, do not worry
We’re up the creek — we are in trouble i.e. We cannot win the game after that shot
What’s up? — What are you doing? Or Do you need something?
For more information visit the Adelaide Visitor Information Centre in James Place, Adelaide or Phone (within Australia): 1300