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    4 May 2017

    An Explanation Of Australian Slang, For The Rest Of The World

    Sit down, it's time to learn.

    First things first, the stereotypes are true and we really do call everyone mate.


    But that doesn't mean we like you. Yes, sometimes mate is used in a friendly context, but sometimes it's used as a passive aggressive tool, as in "u fucking wot m8?"

    If you really are someone's mate, they'll probably call you "cunt".

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    Speaking of stereotypes, there are a few things that we really, really don't say. We don't say "shrimp on the barbie". We call shrimps prawns, though we do call barbecues "barbies". Sometimes.

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    I don't think any of us will forgive this knob for tricking everyone into thinking it's actual Aussie slang.

    When we say BBQ, we're referring to a) the outdoor cooker and also b) the event of having people round to your place to eat food cooked on the outdoor cooker. "I'm firing up the BBQ for dinner" and "You going to Dazza's BBQ on Sunday?" are both acceptable sentences.

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    We don't call it a grill, and we don't call it a cookout. Also, "barbecue" doesn't refer to a type of food, like it does in America. If you try to tell an Aussie that a restaurant serves "barbecue food" you'll make a damn fool of yourself.

    Also, we don't really say "G'day", unless you're an old mate from the country.

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    Translation: Hello, female. It's very hot today.

    Though, we do swear a lot.

    We tend to shorten whatever words we possibly can, usually by adding an "-o" to the end of it.

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    It's logical, and time-efficient.

    Though sometimes we add "-ie". There's no real rhyme or reason to it, just whatever sounds best.

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    Did you know that an Australian invented the word "selfie"? True story.

    Actually, sometimes we just do whatever the hell we want.

    We actually really like making plays on words. Though sometimes we just take one word and really milk it for all it's worth.

    We've got a lot of proverbs and sayings, which you just have to get on board with.

    And even basic sentences probably don't make sense to outsiders. For example, "yeah, nah, that's heaps dog but" means "that's rude/unfair".

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    "Chuck a u'ey" means "make a U-turn".

    If you get confused, just ask for help. Though you might just get even deeper into a hole of slang.

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