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    25 Outdated Slang Words That Australians Don't Use Anymore

    Petition for "mole" to make a comeback.

    If there's one thing Australia is known for, it has to be our iconic slang words. Whether it's "g'day," "mate," or "how ya going?," these phrases are recognised around the world as being distinctively Australian.

    But, like many things, slang goes out of fashion and becomes outdated. Case in point: This Reddit thread by u/temmoku, where they asked Australians to share popular slang words that have disappeared with the times. Here's what was said!

    1. "Grouse!"

    —u/VenusianDreamReel

    Meaning: Great, wonderful. 

    2. "Strewth doesn't get used enough anymore."

    —u/-Otso-

    Meaning: Surprise, disgust, or amazement. Basically, an Australian version of "bloody hell."

    3. "I love it when I hear someone calling someone else 'cobber.' It's such a lovely colloquialism."

    —u/RedDirtNurse

    Meaning: A companion or friend. 

    4. "Bonza."

    —u/Tobybrent

    Meaning: Great or excellent.

    5. "Dag and dunny are words I haven't heard in many years."

    —u/Lemonade_Scone

    Meaning: For dag, someone who is unfashionable. For dunny, it's another word for toilet. 

    Russell Coight smiling and holding his thumb up; there is text saying "strewth"

    6. "Fair dinkum. I've only heard my aunt say it when I migrated to Australia when I was 7."

    —u/KittyKatWombat

    Meaning: Unquestionably good or something/someone that is genuine.

    7. "Drongo. Grandad used to say it when I was a kid. I don't think I've heard it since he passed many moons ago."

    —u/Live-and-let-go

    Meaning: An idiot. 

    8. "'Stone the flamin' crows,' and everything else that Alf Stewart used to say."

    —u/ComprehensiveFlan638

    Meaning: Surprise or annoyance.

    9. "Sheila."

    —u/ColdCamel7

    Meaning: A girl or woman. 

    10. "No one gets called a dropkick anymore."

    —u/cruiserman_80

    Meaning: Someone who isn't very smart or hasn't achieved much in life.

    Alf Stewart from Home And Away saying "Stone the flamin' crows!"

    11. "Words my grandparents use that nobody else seems to any more: boofhead, chunder, to Harold Holt, and mad as a cut snake."

    —u/per08

    Meaning: An idiot (boofhead), to vomit (chunder), to disappear without explanation (to Harold Holt, named for the Australian prime minister who vanished without a trace), and very angry (mad as a cut snake). 

    12. "I was going to say 'wackadoo,' as in something awesome, but apparently it's been used on Bluey recently. I don't know if it's been picked up and 'in fashion' again, or if it is just a passing fancy."

    —u/sluggardish

    Meaning: Eccentric or strange.

    13. "Rags. As in 'I'm on my rags' (have my period)."

    —u/SiobhanJJones

    14. "I will keep saying hooroo as long as I draw breath."

    —u/HaydenB

    Meaning: Goodbye.

    15. "I haven't heard anyone being called a 'fucking mole' in over 20 years."

    —u/WhoAm_I_AmWho

    "I'd love for it to make a comeback. It's so unnerving when you hear it out loud."

    —u/RvrTam

    Meaning: It's used as an insult.

    16. "The old name for cigarettes that is also the f-slur is one I haven't heard in ages."

    —u/GarfieldConoisseur38

    17. "In Brisbane, we used to call bogans 'bevans,' and there is a very local 'up yours' saying that has all but disappeared — 'Two to the Valley!'"

    —u/TheTwinSet02

    18. "My dad was my primary source of Australian slang, as all good dads everywhere are. Here are the ones that I haven't heard in yonks (a long time): thunderbox (toilet), FUBAR (Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition), povo (you're broke), and within a stone's throw (something not a far distance away)."

    —u/ziyal79

    19. "Fair go."

    —u/ThinkOutsideSquare

    Meaning: To request that someone or something is reasonable and fair.

    20. "'Rando' is vintage now."

    —u/dkobod

    Meaning: Short for random, i.e., random person.

    21. "I can't remember the last time I heard dero or grotty."

    —u/kissthebear

    Meaning: Short for derelict (dero) — can refer to something being in bad condition (a house) or someone who is unkempt and doesn't take care of themselves. Grotty is used to describe someone or something that is gross or unpleasant. 

    22. "I haven't heard anybody say, 'We're not here to fuck spiders,' in a while."

    —u/Loch32

    Meaning: Basically, I'm not here to fuck around.

    23. "'G'day, mate' is becoming rarer and rarer."

    —u/bigbadbrad98

    Meaning: Hello, friend!

    24. "Franger. Being a contraceptive for those who did not know."

    —u/-smoke-and-mirrors-

    Meaning: Slang for a condom.

    25. And lastly, "I don’t hear any of these as often as I did as a kid: you beauty, ratbag, and the pits.”

    —u/billbotbillbot

    Meaning: Used to express joy and enthusiasm, or thank someone (you beauty), a stupid or disagreeable person (ratbag), and when something is very bad or unpleasant (the pits). 

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

    Aussies, do you consider these slang words to be outdated?Let us known in the comments.

    PS: This should be a given, but please don't use any slurs as examples of outdated slang in the comments!