G’Day – hello!
G’Day cobber – hello good friend
Gabba – Wooloongabba – Brisbane Cricket Ground
Gabster – radio talk show host
GAFA (pronounced gaffa) – the enormous oblivion of the Australian Outback. Great Australian F**k All.
Galah – Eolophus roseicapilla, also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo, Galah Cockatoo, Roseate Cockatoo or Pink and Grey
Galah – a fool or silly individual. Named because of the bird Galah and its behaviour as well as the noise a Galah makes.
Galah occasion – an event or ‘do’ that requires formal dress
Game as Ned Kelly – fearless and audacious type of person
Game as a pissant – bold, unafraid, courageous.
Gander – to have a look (Let’s have a gander hey !)
Garage – gas or petrol station.
Garbo – the local garbage collector
Garden state – Victoria
Gargle – a drink
Garlic muncher – someone who comes from central or southern Europe
Gazunder – chamber pot (as in it ‘goes under’ the bed)
Gear – clothing
Gee and Tee – gin and tonic
Geebung – a native born Australian living in the remote parts of the outback
Geek – to take a look (Have a geek at this will ya !)
Get off at Redfern – when a man withdraws before orgasm (Redfern is a suburb in Sydney – to get this you’d have to have known Redfern when I knew Redfern way back when)
Get off my back Scobie – stop nagging me
Get off your bike – lose your temper
Get on your goat – to annoy or irritate another
Get rooted! – a rude and offensive way to tell someone to get lost
Get the arse – get fired
Get the axe – get fired
Get the drift – to understand
Get the Guernsey – receive recognition
Get your dander up – to get angry or enraged
Gibber country – dry land that is covered with rocks or boulders
Ginger Meggs – legs
Gink – stupid person
Ginormous – from gigantic and enormous
Girls’ week – menstrual period
Give it a break! – stop, finish, quit. (Will ya give it a break and shut yer gob!)
Give it a burl – try something, to have a go
Give the flick – to get rid of something or someone
Give you the irits – to annoy
Give you the pip – to annoy
Give you the shits – to annoy
Glide clip – paper clip
Glutton for punishment – someone who often gets in to bad situations or is involved in disagreeable tasks
Go and take a running jump at yourself – an insulting way of dismissing someone
Go and have a cuppa – have a cup of tea or coffee
Go and tart yourself up – a request to dress well
Go bush – 1. to hide or keep a low profile 2. to go to the country to live
Go crook – to lose your temper (Your mother will go crook if she sees you doing that)
Go dip your eye in hot cocky cack – telling you todip your eye in hot bird poop – an insult of course
Go down the gurgler – to fail, to go out of business
Goanna – lizard from the Monitor family, its meat contains a lot of protein
Gobful, (to give a…) – to tell someone off generally justly or done for good cause
Gobsmacked – flabbergasted, astonished
Going off – generally used to describe a night spot or party that is a lot of fun (that place was really going off cobber)
Going to the dunny – making for the toilet (or loo)
Gold Coast – tourist destination from Southport to Coolangatta in the Queensland Coast
Golden Fleece Petrol – a brand of petroleum products and service stations operated by H.C.Sleigh and Company
Gong – (The Gong) – Wollongong, New South Wales. (I grew up in Bellambi…a suburb of Wollongong)
Good oil – applies to valuable information, a superior idea or the facts
Good onya – good for you, well done – usually followed by mate
Goog, as full as a – drunk
Granny flat – originally an abode for elderly relatives
Greenie – conservationist
Greengrocer : 1. someone who sells fruit and vegetables. 2. a variety of cicada.
Grinning like a shot fox – used to describe someone who is very happy, smugly contented
Grog – liquor, beer (bring your own grog mate it’s BYO)
Groper – someone from Western Australia
Grouse – great, remarkable, very good
Grundies or Reg Grundies – undies, underwear (Reg Grundie was one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs)
Gumtree – a native tree of Australia
Gurgler – drain
Gutful of piss – drunk,
Gutser – to fall apart, collapse or give up. (He came a gutza ya know !)
Gyno – gynaecologist
“Grinning Bellhops” by Australian Crawl
Checked into the hotel
Belted flip tops say ‘hi’
Can’t shake this danger money
So hard I try
Miss sinister snake hips
Like some E Poe dream
In my ears lift muzak is ringing
I hear bellboys scream
But you looked so lonely there
You looked so lonely there
You looked so lonely there
When will I see you again?
It ain’t clear thinking
It sure isn’t love
It could be what ever it was I’d been drinking
That made me press ‘up’
Well, I’d be a dead man
If looks could kill
‘Cause at every corridor corner those bellhops
A stony vigil
Ah! The people don’t know what’s
Been going on inside
These hotel doors anyway!
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Lots of familiar stuff here that’s used in Brit culture too. I wonder when does slang become not slang? when its in the OED I guess. Like the pink parrot and the rhyming slang.
The parrot is priceless…I imagine there are similarities all over the world. I like the little changes each culture makes to thes sayings though…tweaking them…making them suit. We are soooooooo interesting. When I finish I might work on a KIWI A-Z…there are some funny ones !!!
I knew parts of this from my own vocabulary (I’m British) and then there was also lots I didn’t know.
We Aussies are mostly from convict stock…therefore we have been known to pilfer the odd thing…hehehe
Gone troppo, gets my goolies
I like you…you speak to my heart…hehehe
You have some gems here. I think I need to have a gee and tee and come back and take a gander.
LOL…good onya mate !!!
Cool work -as always!
And thanks again for the support on the Bullet site!
Thanks Hook…always happy to check you and your doings out !!!
Did you notice the song video at the bottom of this post…thought of you when I put it up !!!
Love that you think so !
Whahahaha! Oh, your post is absolutely stunning as usual hon! 🙂
G’Day cobber! I feel like a Galah today and need a Gee and Tee for sure but it’s too early this side so I will rather go and have a cuppa. LOL!
Picasso is so adorable! Love those beautiful colours! He looks like a real head banger…hee hee
So sweet! 🙂
Okay, now I am going to take a running jump at myself.
Yep – Picasso is a favourite for sure. Good onya for sticking to the cuppa…hate to think of you coming a gutzer full as a goog on the gee and tees early in the day !!!!
hehehehe, yep… won’t be so good. LOL!
Great post JO, a lot of them are used in Briton.
Get on your bike = get out of here.
Well Harry – we do have a lot in common with the Mother Country.
Well – we used to !!!
You are well on your way to completing a reference book. When completed, you should really look for a publisher. Hayworth Press would be a good place to start. They publish library-oriented monographs and journals. It would be a hit, I tells ya!
I was telling a friend about your idea…she thought it was the good oil !!!
p.s. That Golden Fleece commercial was priceless!
I know !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This a fun list! I have never heard of a lot of these. Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome…most people haven’t heard of a lot of them.
This is most interesting post. I have never seen a galah before :), and thank you for teaching me the use of a garlic muncher and a garage :D.
So happy to educate the world regarding the aussie ways and quirks….
I love it when you do these posts! “Go dip your eye in hot cocky cack” – LOL…there is always at least one of these sayings that makes me laugh out loud. 😀 I agree – when you get through the alphabet, publish it!
You’re a good egg Jo!
Thanks Georgia…though I have a sneaking suspicion I am having the mickey taken out of me …just a tad !!!!
No, never! it is just another G word
That’s good…there are already way too many people who do take the mickey !!!!!!
In a good way usually.
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