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    Updated on 1 Sep 2020. Posted on 10 Mar 2015

    14 Ways Australians Use The Word "Mate"

    MAAAAAAAATE.

    1. To say hello to someone.

    MTV
    MTV

    "Mate! How are you?!"

    2. To reference friends.

    FOX

    "I'm going to Falls with my mates this weekend."

    3. To express excitement for someone.

    The CW

    "You got the promotion?! MAAAATE!"

    4. To express disbelief.

    Bravo Networks

    "Maaaaaate, you didn't!"

    5. To replace the phrase "here's the thing" or "let me tell you", for when you're about to drop a truth bomb.

    Disney

    "Mate. Last night was fucked up."

    6. To warn someone that you're annoyed with them.

    FOX

    "Mate, watch it."

    7. To tell someone they need to chill.

    Paramount Pictures

    "All right, mate."

    8. To replace the phrase "this guy", in an affectionate manner.

    NBC
    NBC

    "Old mate over here needs to get it together."

    9. To replace the words "bitch" or "dude".

    Comedy Central

    "Oh my god, get ready, mate."

    10. To accentuate a stern conversation.

    MTV

    "Mate, I am done with this."

    11. To disagree with someone.

    Bravo Networks

    "Maaaaaaate."

    12. To address someone when you don't know/can't remember their name.

    E4

    "Have you got the time, mate?"

    13. To verbally shake your head at someone.

    Bravo Networks
    Bravo Networks

    "Mate. Mate, mate mate mate, maaaaate."

    14. And to show aggression online.

    FOX

    "U fuckn wot, m8?!"

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