“What Aussies call other Aussies.”

2011

Aussies love to nosh up at a barbie, have a coldie and take a gander at some footy, and tell you that everything is bonza.
They also love their slang.
A little-known fact, however, is that Aussies even have lingo for each other…
It was inevitable that the first Pommies in Australia developed a new vocabulary to describe their alien surroundings, given that everything in Australia was so different from all they had known.
Prison slang crept into general use, indigenous language was incorporated, and new words coined – much to the alarm of our colonial establishment.
The upper class pommies looked down their noses at the convicts and Australian-born folk.
Originally, they called them ‘Cornstalks’, because the new generation of Aussies were taller than their forebears.
The name stuck for awhile, and so did the custom of giving regional names to our fellow Aussies.
‘Sandgropers’, or Western Australians, once used the term ‘Wise Men from the East’ in reference to visitors from the Eastern side – especially the ones who enjoyed telling us how good they were.
Victoria was called the Cabbage Patch because of its small size, hence ‘Cabbage Patchers’ hailed from the garden state. ‘
Gum Sucker’ was formerly applied to all colonials for their pastime of sucking the sweet gum from some species of wattle.
How it came to refer solely to Victorians is a mystery.
Tasmanians, too, suffered prejudice, and ‘Taswegian’ was once used almost derisively to describe the mob who in kinder moments were called ‘Apple Islanders’.
Those Taswegians were once also known as ‘Barracoutas’, after the creature that supported fishing families and was a staple during the starvation years.
The name is rarely heard now, and the ’couta, too, have almost vanished.
‘Crow-eaters’ for South Australians is still commonly used, and refers to the piping shrike (not a crow) on the south Australian coat of arms.
‘Top Enders’ for those from the Northern Territory is heard quite often and is a pretty good description.
‘Banana Benders’, referring to those from Queensland describes them perfectly and is simply not heard enough.
As for the residents of the Australian Capital Territory, anything goes seeing most of them are pollies or bloody bludging public servants.
via Slang: What Aussies call other Aussies – Australian Geographic.

14 thoughts on ““What Aussies call other Aussies.”

  1. Do you deliberately post inaccuracies just to bate me, Rod?
    I’ll have to correct you again, dear comrade – the South Aussies are named after the PIPING SHRIKE, not the magpie – don’t you watch the BankSA ads!

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  2. I am feeding a family of magpies at my place at the moment – no OWLS, sadly. Up to six of them come around about the same time each morning and evening.
    The mother I can hand-feed now, she is pretty tame and sits on a planter out the front waiting for me, so I give her bread and bacon rind, which she divvies up for the squawking babes.
    I also put out native bird seed and bread on a bird-feeding table for the spoggies, pigeons, noisy miners, maggies etc. It can get quite vicious at times!
    Fabulous!

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  3. Miners are bossy bastards; they will have a go at anything!
    Maggies won’t touch the seed, so they get the bread – along with your lovely cooing pigeons.

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    • Probably a grain bread would be good I was told by a Birdman that straight white bread is not good for them.
      Rod
      Oh1 Grain bread is probably more expensive. Sorry…

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  4. They usually get GRAIN BREAD, normally wholewheat, and it’s normally Helga’s.
    Does that meet the criteria for birdies?
    Nothing is too expensive for MY birds!

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    • “burl” must be unique to Australia, a quick look on the internet
      throws up all sorts of meanings, but not how we use burl, I guess “give it a go” is more widely used here.
      Rod

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