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.
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:
Just looking for a photo made me nauseated.
Some people call them the most dangerous animal in the world. Australians call them mozzies.
I wonder whether other languages have cute nicknames for the toilet. I suppose potty sounds fun to people who don't speak English.
A 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.
A 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.
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.
7. Liquid laugh.
When you've been drinking all night, I suppose anything can sound fun.
8. Aussie Salute.
Brushing 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.
A boring stick-in-the-mud.
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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