How Well Do You Know Australian Slang?


By: J.P. Naomi

5 Min Quiz

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G'day mate! Don't be a bludger! Ya reckon you know a thing or two about Australian lingo? Try this ripper of a quiz to see if you can talk like an Aussie!

Sweetheart, this dinner you made is "ace."

Australia was inhabited by indigenous people for about 50,000 years before the British came.


Grab your "bathers" and let's head to the beach!

A bathing suit in Australia is not only known as bathers but can also be called swimmers or cozzies.


Does this "bloke" have any idea what he's doing?

Australia is not only a continent, it is also the sixth-largest country in the world by total area.


You better "rug up" for the game!

If you're heading out to watch the rugby game, be sure to rug up. It's a chilly one today.


Can you go to the store and grab me a "slab" for the game?

If you're having many people over to your house to watch the game, it would be wise to purchase one or two slabs.


Would you like a "spud" with your steak tonight?

Australia has more than 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach every day for 27 years.


Where did I put my "sunnies"?

People sometimes leave their sunglasses on their head and then forget where they put them.


I can't eat that, I'm a "veggo."

In Australia, a vegetarian is a veggo and "veggies" is slang for vegetables.


I've got a real craving for some "Maccas."

The city of Melbourne, Australia used to be called Batmania.


Bring a "jumper" in case you get cold.

Australia has 10 times more camels than koalas.


What did the "larrakin" do this time?

A larrakin is the Australian slang word for someone who likes to have a laugh - at the expense of others.


Swing by around 11 and I'll "show you the ropes."

Australia has so many camels that they export them to Saudi Arabia.


I "reckon" the restaurant will be crowded tonight.

Reckon means to believe, agree or express one's opinion. It is also a slang word in the Southern United States.


Did the "bludger" get anything done today?

In Australia, Burger King is called "Hungry Jack's."


In Australia, you might want to "give someone a bell" if you want to make plans quickly.

It is usually easier and quicker to make plans over the phone than by texting, so just give me a bell when you have time.


Have any plans this "arvo"?

In Victoria, Australia, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a light bulb.


How many "ankle-biters" do you have?

Australia is an island, and it is surrounded by more than 8,000 smaller islands.


You may need to visit the "dunny" if you've been drinking a lot.

The top ten deadliest snakes in the world can be found in Australia.


Don't get "hot under the collar," but I didn't have time to pick up your dry cleaning.

The last time somebody died from a spider bite in Australia was in 1981.


I just picked up a new "idiot box" at the store.

Perhaps with this slang, Australians reckon there is no educational value in watching the television.


She was "spewin'" when she found out her husband cheated on her.

In Australia, citizens are required to show up to vote in an election. If they don't, they will face a fine.


You may tell a worried friend in Australia, "She'll be right."

"She'll be fine" is a phrase of reassurance in Australia - it does not refer to a female - "she" represents whatever the situation is.


Are you "true blue"?

Born and raised in Australia by Australian parents makes one a "true blue."


In a dangerous situation, don't be a "wuss!"

There is a lake in Australia, Lake Hillier, that is filled with bright pink-colored water. Scientists aren't quite sure why.


Ready to "call it a day"?

Most people will call it a day and then head home to be with family, or head out to be with friends.


Let's "wag" and go to the beach.

If you wag in Australia, you better hope your parents or teachers don't find out or else you'll get in trouble.


That girl is a real "spunk."

A spunk can refer to both females and males in Australian slang.


Where did you attend "uni"?

The red kangaroo is the national animal of Australia.



"Ta" is the equivalent of how Americans may say "thanks" instead of "thank you." Short and sweet.


Don't "have a blue" or you may end up going home early.

If you have a blue in a bar, you may get kicked out. If you have a blue with your wife, you may have to go home sooner than you want.


Don't "knock" it before you try it!

To knock something in Australian slang is to criticize it. This phrase is commonly used in the United States as well.


Pull over at this "servo" please!

A service station is where one receives service for their vehicle, such as gas. There typically is a restroom at a service station.


Something seems a bit "dodgy" around here.

Something is not quite right, or dodgy, about this situation. I'm suspicious about his intentions.


"Good on ya, Mate."

"Good on ya" is Australian slang for "good for you." "Mate" is a term of endearment for a friend.


Get out of bed! It's time for "brekky!"

In Australia, there are more kangaroos than people.


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