Hair pins : bobbypins
Hairy eyeball : to examine someone or something closely
Handle : glass beer mug with a handle
Happy little vegemite : an Australian child
Hard yakka : extremely hard work. Hard Yakka is also the name of a tough workware company.
Harold Holt, to do the : To bolt. Harold Holt was Prime Minister of Australia when he disappeared on December 17, 1967.
Hash sign : #, pound sign (USA)
Have a naughty : sex
Have a slash : to urinate (normally referred to the male gender)
Have a snort : to have a drink (alcoholic)
Have a sticky / sticky beak : to pry into others affairs
Haven’t got two bob to rub together : absolutely broke; without money; penniless
Having a blue : to have an argument or fight
Heaps : a lot, e.g. “thanks heaps”, “(s)he made heaps of cash”
Hectare : 10,000 square metres
He’s got a goog : he has a bump on their head the size of an egg
He’s got tickets on himself : thinks very highly of themselves, a self opinionated person
High-set : a traditional Queenslander house that is built on stumps above the ground
Hills hoist : a clothesline which rotates and can be folded in on itself (like an umbrella) when not being used. It is an Australian invention, and most Australian homes will have one.
Hire purchase : when you purchase something and pay it off in installments. Usually over a predetermined time.
Holden : an Australian make of car
Hole in the wall : an ATM (automatic teller machine)
Holidays : refers to time off work/vacations
Holy dooley! : an exclamation of sudden surprise, good heavens, my goodness, good grief or similar
Hoon : a real hooligan of a person
Hooroo : farewell, goodbye
Hostie : an airline hostess or stewardess
Hotel : often just a pub
Hottie : hot water bottle/a hotted-up car/an exagerated tale or story
Hoyts : name of a popular theatre complex and chain
HSC : high school certificate/diploma
Humpy : a small shack, usually in poor condition
Hundreds and thousands : sprinkles (used on cakes and deserts)
- The A of Aussie Slang
- The B of Aussie Slang
- The C of Aussie Slang
- The D of Aussie Slang
- The E of Aussie Slang
- The F of Aussie Slang
- The G of Aussie Slang
He he he – very good! I’m scratching for an “N” topic – maybe I should steal your idea!
Steal away Robyn…it is fun to research these posts…hehehe
Holy H,s! Hysterical!:-)
So glad you think so Gemma.
I can see where I would have problems in Australia if I were to go there someday. Do they give out Little Aussie to English For Dummies books upon arrival at the airport? I can see problems arising. For instance -Let’z go for a Blue. Might get me punched. But here, Blue is beer.
That would actually be an excellent idea…aussiespeak for dummies. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Okay. Here’s the skinny. Approximately 5.95 million tourist visitors arrived in Australia from May to May 2012 (I’d take this data with a grain of salt as it is based on a five second google search). Lets say one third or two million visitors purchase Aussie Speak for The G’day Mate Challenged at $9.88 cents. That’s 19,760,000.00 dollars gross. It would cost you approx. four dollars to produce and market. Which would leave you with a net of $11,856,000.00….plus I suppose one could do spin offs like websites, mobile apps etc etc.
You have no idea what you have started !!!!!!!
HA HA… great post. Will come in handy with the Aussie’s I work with. I have done pretty well with most of the slang, but now I have a few extras to impress 😉
Glad to hear that you will be using some of them.
Makes my day that does.
Brilliant. As I have both family and friends in Aussie, this is going to come in extremely useful. Thank you.
Terrific…they do seem to speak another language at times.
These were great!
Thanks Cee !!!
Love to hear you enjoyed them. They are fun to research !!!!
Com’on Jo fess up, that vegemite on the right in the skirt was you right?
Now all THAT info was sourced from Wikipedia.
Sadly though I WAS around at the time and possibly even the right age – GOD that makes me seem OLD – she wasn’t me ’cause no-one invited me to any reunion !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I read the words while imitating an Aussie accent. :p
Exactly my friend…remember talk slow and drawl and say ‘lovee’ a lot.
the HUMPY has seen better days – would like to play guitar there!
ALL humpies have seen better days. But yes I think it would be magical to play the guitar there.
Hilarious 🙂 Quite a few I had never heard of before, but most are commonwealth speak i would think. We call hairpins, bobbypins for example. In fact I don’t think there is a vernacular word for a hairpin!!!
So glad you think so. When I do these posts I find that there are always a few that people have in their countries. A lot probably made their way over with the immigrants.
Have I mentioned that I LOVE it when you do these posts? 😀 Well, I do! As a side note, for the longest time, I had no idea what a “vegemite sandwich” was (from the song “Down Under” by Men at Work). Finally looked it up. Have to admit, it doesn’t sound appetizing at all…>.<
So glad you like these ones.
I just had a crumpet with vegemite…yummy. I will admit that it is a love it or hate it kind of thing. I’m a lover !!!!!!!
Thanks, I’ve been missing your Aussie Slang posts! The Happy little Vegemite video reminded me of one of my favorite movies, which just happens to be Australian, Her Majesty. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0298359/
I meant New Zealand! I had Aussie on the brain from the video, but since you call both home, I guess it’s OK. 😉
Yep – I’ll let this one pass I think..hehehe
Shamefully I have to admit to never having seen it. Oh woe is me !!!!
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