6 Aussie Phrases You’ll Need To Know If You’re Heading Down Under
Shut the front door. We’ve just heard that Aussie travel specialists Flight Centre are offering RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP flights to Oz to celebrate Australia Day: 26 return Etihad flights to Sydney, Melbourne or Perth will be available for £429 from 10am on Thursday 26th January 2017. They’ll be snapped up in a flash so we’re like…
But if you’re lucky enough to snag one of the bargain fares, you’ll need to get up to speed with some of the lingo before you head Down Under.
No, not a criminal of a shepherd’s staff. If you’re crook you’re feeling sick. Hopefully you won’t need that one…
Sinking a few bevvies
Grab your Eskie (cool box) and head to the beach for a few bevvies (drinks – must be alcoholic). If you’re getting the hang of this lingo and want to step it up a notch, if your bevvie is in a tin, it’s a ‘tinnie’ and in a bottle is a ‘stubby’.
Come to think of it, drink too many bevvies and you might be feeling crook the next day. Oh and, newsflash, no-one in Oz actually drinks Fosters…
Make sure you don’t get the wrong end of the stick if an Aussie tells you to bring thongs on a day out – they mean flip flops, not your G string. Could be awks if you get it wrong.
To confuse things further on the outfit front, a singlet is a vest in Oz and a vest is a waistcoat. Weird.
You flamin’ galah
If you used to watch Home and Away you might have heard this one before – otherwise, you’ll probably be totally stumped. A galah is a type of pink bird but the phrase flamin’ galah is a (slightly affectionate) way of telling someone they’re a bit of a fool – you’d only really say it to a friend that’s done something silly. Don’t go round offending strangers!
Who knew, even lunch is confusing in Australia. A bell pepper is called a capsicum, zucchini is a courgette and eggplant is aubergine.
She’ll be right
But even if you can’t get your head around all the different lingo, just remember ‘she’ll be right’. Aka everything’s going to be OK. And on holiday Down Under, why wouldn’t it be?!
Fair dinkum or too right means something is true or that you’re not kidding. So you might hear something like: ‘Do you think he's bullshitting?’, ‘No mate, he's fair dinkum’ or: ‘Did you really cuddle that wombat?’, ‘Yeah, fair dinkum!’
So what are you waiting for, you flaming galah? Pack your thongs and vest and get yourself out to Oz asap!
Flight Centre’s Australia Day flash sale starts at 10am on 26 January 2017. The first 26 return Etihad flights booked from London Heathrow to Sydney, Melbourne or Perth will be just £429 including taxes. Departures must take place between 17 April to 30 June 2017 and 01–30 Nov 2017. Visit your nearest Flight Centre store or call 0800 082 5890 to avoid missing out.