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    25 Expressions And Words That Australians Say That Non-Aussies Love To Hear

    "I once explained 'pash rash' to a bunch of Americans and they thought it was the funniest thing they'd ever heard."

    If there's one thing about Australian culture that the rest of the world finds confusing, it has to be our slang and dialect.


    We're obsessed with cutting off syllables of words and just chucking an "o" at the end (afternoon = arvo) and, well, we like to swear — a whole fucking lot.

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    And although the rest of the world might think we're speaking gibberish half of the time, they also appreciate our "Australianisms" — as do we. So, without further ado, here are some of our favourite words and phrases that you'll only find in Australia.

    Shoutout to Reddit user u/ihaveneverdonemeth, who posted this thread asking Aussies and international folk for their fave expressions.

    1. "Fuck me dead."


    What it means: To show excitement, surprise or anger. For example: "Well, fuck me dead, I can't believe we've run out of Milo."

    2. "Fuck me sideways."


    What it means: To show shock or disbelief. For example: *Slams toe into a wall* "Fuck me sideways!"

    3. "How you going?"

    "I once asked a customer 'How ya going today?' and he said 'In my car'."


    What it means: It's another way of saying "How are you?" or "How are things?"

    4. "I stacked it."


    What it means: To fall down or crash into something. For example: "I swear I'm going to stack it while wearing these tall-ass heels."


    5. "Mate."

    "I love the way we talk and the simple difference in tone we use on the same word. Mate is just as versatile as fuck for Australians."


    What it means: Mate can have several different meanings, depending on the intonation used by the person saying it. In general speak, it'll mean a friend though.

    6. "There's ya mate!"


    What it means: "There's your friend!" Although, it's used in jest, often when referring to someone you don't like or know.

    7. "Your mate?"


    What it means: "Your friend?" Similar to the above, it's used when referring to someone you don't like or know.

    8. "Old mate."


    What it means: A phrase used when you can't remember someone's name. For example: "Oh, you know old mate that we met at Shazza's party last weekend?" "You mean Barry?" "Yeah, him!"

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    9. "Bob's your uncle."

    "In the Moto GP press conference this weekend, in laying out the reasons why he was doing well that weekend, Jack Miller concluded by trailing off with 'and Bob's your uncle' and it really occurred to me in that moment how totally baffled nearly everyone gathered there in the press room and most watching on TV must have been."


    What it means: This expression is mainly used after explaining something to someone. It's used to illustrate how simple the task is — sort of like saying "and there you go!" For example: "So, to connect to Wi-Fi, all you have to do is click this icon and Bob's your uncle!"

    10. "Different tones when saying 'faaarrrrkkkkk' mean completely different things."


    What it means: Like mate, "faaaaarrrk" — or more simply "fuck" — is an incredibly versatile word used in Australian English. It's often used in exasperation — for example: "They're sold out of watermelon Vodka Cruisers at the bottle-o!" "FAAAARK!"

    11. "Shitcunt."


    "To me that is the top tier Australian 'word'. It basically provides an example to non-Australians of a word that sounds terrible, but can also be a mild insult, as well as referring to friends and used as a word for endearment. It's essentially a phrase to help overseas people understand how Aussies use intonation."


    What it means: Like the Reddit user explained, it can either be used as an insult or as a friendly term used in a close circle of friends.

    12. "Whaddya know?"

    "There's a bloke at work who greets me with 'Whaddya know?' and even after four years of working with him I still don't know what the appropriate response is LMAO. Hopefully 'fuck all' suffices."


    What it means:  Whaddya know = What do you know? And bonus meaning: Fuck all = nothing.

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    13. "G'day."

    "I was at a restaurant in Singapore and this cute-as-a-button little girl comes up to me. With a huge smile on her cherubic face, she says: "Go die! Go die!" It took me a minute to figure it out."


    What it means: Go die = g'day, which is basically the Australian version of saying "Hello!"

    14. "Flat out like a lizard drinking."


    What it means: Going or working as fast as possible. Alludes to the rapid tongue movement of a lizard when it's drinking. For example: "How's work been?" "I've been flat out like a lizard drinking!"

    15. "Yeah, nah."


    What it means: "Yes, no." For example: "Did you want me to grab you a drink?" "Yeah, nah, I'm good." So, this person is saying "No thanks, I'm fine without a drink."

    16. "Ratbag."

    "I was gaming online with a friend from the the US. I said my son was a little ratbag and the friend was absolutely horrified. I had to keep explaining to him that we use it lightly and all I had meant was that my boy was a cheeky, little thing. It was understood but in a completely different context to how I'd always heard it used here."


    What it means: Someone who is disliked, unpleasant or acting cheeky.

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    17. "Spruik, sook and dag have caught some international friends out."


    What it means: Spruik is to speak in public, like a salesman would. Sook is someone who is acting like a baby (crying, whinging, moaning about something), while dag is someone who might be unfashionable or socially awkward (it's not a huge insult though!).  

    18. "Ta."

    "As someone raised by a Canadian English teacher, when I got here and people used 'ta' I was kind of taken aback. Like, when you thank someone, wouldn't it be considered impolite to reduce a two syllable phrase into a one syllable sound? After a few weeks of getting to know Aussies, I realised my error in judgement. Every time I hear it though, it reminds me of my first few weeks in Australia."


    What it means: Thank you.

    19. "Ya mole!"


    What it means: It's used as an insult. I guess it would be similar to saying "bitch", but less harsh.

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    20. "She'll be right."


    What it means: Basically, things will be okay or they'll work out themselves. It can also be used to refer to something which isn't perfect, but will be good enough. For example: "I wasn't sure what cable to get — will this be okay?" "Yeah, she'll be right."

    21. "Good on ya!"


    What it means: "Good on you!" Mate is often added at the end, so it becomes "Good on ya, mate!"

    22. "We're not here to fuck spiders."


    What it means: Not here to mess around. Can be used a reply to obvious questions. For example: "What are you doing in Woolies? Grocery shopping?" "Well, I'm not here to fuck spiders."

    23. "Root."


    What it means: To have sex. For example: "Oi, did you and Johnno root last night, aye?"

    24. "How come?"

    "I used this when talking to some international students and they were very confused. And I was confused about their confusion for awhile…"


    What it means: I didn't even realise this was an Australian expression! But, I guess, it would replace "why" in a sentence. For example: "How come I can't go out and party with my friends, mum?" 

    25. And lastly: "Pash rash."

    "I once explained 'pash rash' to a bunch of Americans and they thought it was the funniest thing they'd ever heard."


    What it means: "Pash" is another word for kiss in Australia, so when you get pash rash, it's when you've been making out with someone with a lot of stubble and your skin is now all inflamed.

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    Some Reddit submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    What are your favourite "Australianisms"? Let us know in the comments!