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9 Australian Slang Terms that Make Horrible Things Sound Fun

In a recent conversation, I realized that Australians seem to use a lot more slang than Americans. Here are some Australian words that would sound fun to an outsider, but aren't.

By
Mignon Fogarty,
June 7, 2014

Australian Slang

A few weeks ago, I was a guest on the Newbie Writers podcast, and one of the hosts, Damien Boath, is Australian. Over the course of our conversation, I came to realize that Australians can make anything sound fun. They seem to have cute nicknames for even the most horrible, gross, and annoying things.;There are cockies in the dunny, mate;sounds fun, right? It's not.;Here's a sample of Australian slang:

1. Cockies.

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cockiesCockroaches.

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Just looking for a photo made me nauseated.

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2. Mozzie.

mozzieMosquito.

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Some people call them the most dangerous animal in the world. Australians call them mozzies.

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3. Dunny

dunnyToilet.

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I wonder whether other languages have cute nicknames for the toilet. I suppose potty;sounds fun to people who don't speak English.

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4. Bingle.

bingleA car accident.

Accident sounds so negative. Sure, maybe you ran over a kid's trike, but it was just a bingle. Apparently there's an Australian insurance company called Bingle Insurance. Maybe someone should start Crash Insurance in the US.

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5. Bluey

blueyA traffic ticket.

Maybe Americans do this too. I remember hearing someone say he "popped a dooey," and having no idea what he meant. Turns out a "dooey" is what you get when driving under the influence, a DUI ticket. Not funny.

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6. Bounce

bounceA bully.

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The first thing that comes to mind when I hear bounce is a bouncy house. Fun! In Australia a bounce is a bully. Not so fun.

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7. Liquid laugh.

liquid laughterVomit.

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When you've been drinking all night, I suppose anything can sound fun.

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8. Aussie Salute.

australian saluteBrushing away flies.;

OK, I do laugh thinking of people swatting flies. I once saw a hilarious interview on CNBC of some important business guy giving an interview near a water trap on a golf course while being attacked by bugs. They were probably mozzies, but it was still funny.

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9. Wowser

wowserA boring stick-in-the-mud.

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If an Australian told me we were going out to dinner with a wowser, I'd be psyched. I'd be wrong.

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Sources: Damien Boath and;http://www.koalanet.com.au/australian-slang.html

Images courtesy of Shutterstock.

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