How well do you speak aussie?

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How well do you speak aussie?

Post by tracyp on Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:01 am

rolling on floor

Flat out like a lizard drinking....
Cooee or uppercomebackwest?...
Mad as a cut snake...
Fair dinkum!...
A sandwich short of a picnic...
He's a dunny rat....
Fair suck of the sav!...
Who opened their lunch!... covering eyes
Piece of p1ss....
Fair suck of the sauce bottle....
Hit the frog & toad...
Sparrows fart...
On the turps...

Now no cheating doing internet searches, its just for funny answers. tongue
Give it a go guys, should be some very funny answers to give us all a giggle.
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Re: How well do you speak aussie?

Post by Caryll on Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:45 pm

I'm at work now, but I'll have a go later - I know two of them (I think) because we also use them!

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Re: How well do you speak aussie?

Post by Shisa on Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:56 pm


Some of them sound familiar. I had some Aussie (and Kiwi) friends when I lived in Plettenberg.

Flat out like a lizard drinking.... Hard at work or worked hard - something like that.
Cooee or uppercomebackwest?... No idea
Mad as a cut snake... Crazy person
Fair dinkum!... When someone speaks a truth or fact
A sandwich short of a picnic... Probably also along the lines of a crazy person. We have some similar sayings
He's a dunny rat.... Sly, dishonest person? Maybe someone dirty?
Fair suck of the sav!... No idea
Who opened their lunch!... That's a fart laughing
Piece of p1ss.... Mmmhh.. something rubbish or something easily done?
Fair suck of the sauce bottle.... No idea .. then realised: oh it's like fair shakes. Getting fair treatment or your share?
Hit the frog & toad... No idea but I do think you've mentioned this.
Sparrows fart... I think it's along the lines of the early bird catches the worm?
On the turps... We have beggars that drink turpentine so it probably means drunk?
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Re: How well do you speak aussie?

Post by Shisa on Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:57 pm

Hit the frog & toad... I remembered! It's leaving. Hitting the road!
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Re: How well do you speak aussie?

Post by tracyp on Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:30 pm

Well kiwis are aussies by default, happy so...Theresa... 10/13. thumbs up well done! You're an Aussie at heart. rolling on floor
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Re: How well do you speak aussie?

Post by LyndaW on Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:52 pm

We also use a lot of these (or variants).

Cooeee was a popular greeting in the '50s (like friends acknowledging each other across the road or calling for attention) - I believe it is an Aboriginal call.

Frog and Toad is pure English Cockney rhyming slang - Road! (When the railways were being built a lot of Irish labourers were brought in, and the native labourers developed it to converse without the Irish understanding!)

I hope all these sayings in whatever country don't die out, they are so picturesque and form part of all our cultures.

My favourite Aussie saying is the happy reply to "How are you?" - "Wouldn't be dead for quids"

My favourite English saying (don't know where it comes from) is the expression of astonishment - "Well I'll go to the foot of our stairs!"

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Re: How well do you speak aussie?

Post by tracyp on Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:42 pm

LyndaW wrote:
My favourite Aussie saying is the happy reply to "How are you?" - "Wouldn't be dead for quids"


rolling on floor ching, ching! Another honorary Aussie.
You are quite correct. Cooee is a bush call to find someone.
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