“Built like a Brick S**thouse”.

Generic term generally used by blokes about blokes.
Term of admiration for those Aussie males who are muscular, well built, athletic and bronzed.
Examples: Most Australian Rules Footballers, Rugby League players and Pub bouncers are highly likely to be “built like brick shithouses.”
However, there is a catch, most of the aforementioned blokes are regarded as “not the full quid” or a “six pack short of a slab.”
In other words “not too bright’ or a “moron” which is very dangerous language to be using around “brick shithouses.”
It generally results in the slanderer saying, “I had the shit pounded out of me by a brick shithouse”

“Barbie, Arvo, Footy” & lots more.


If you’d lost your mobes in Melbourne at a barbie on a Sunday arvo you couldn’t be anything but Australian.
In fact, Australians use abbreviations and diminutives more than other English-speakers – and a new study is trying to find out why.
“There are many theories,” says Nenagh Kemp, a psychologist specialising in language at the University of Tasmania, who’s leading the work.”
“Australians who use these diminutives might be trying to sound less pretentious, more casual and more friendly than they would by using the full words.”
Nenagh and her colleague Evan Kidd at La Trobe University in Melbourne have asked more than 100 Australians aged 18-90 to write down as many abbreviations and diminutives (which can be shorter or longer than the original word) as they could think of in 10 minutes.
Abbreviations and diminutives
The most common words they’ve identified so far were barbie (barbecue), arvo (afternoon), footy (football), sunnies (sunglasses), rego (registration), servo (service station), brekkie (breakfast), cuppa (cup of tea) and sanga (sandwich).
But people also came up with a lot of abbreviations for brand names, like Maccas, Woollies, Subie (Subaru) and Suzy (Suzuki).
While there’s a good deal of overlap between the abbreviations used by older and younger Australians, there are also seems to be some differences.
Nenagh and Evan’s preliminary analysis of their results suggests that older people use ‘cosier’, family-oriented words like cardi (cardigan), lippy (lipstick), rellies (relatives) and oldies more often than younger people.
From Australian Geographic

How to use the word “Bastard” in Australia.

427158_largeLike a lot of Aussies who are now geriatric “baby boomers I have a pretty relaxed attitude towards the word “bastard”. I don’t think I have used it very often in the dictionary sense.
To me it is almost a term of endearment in Australia (“good old bastard”) or used to describe someone going through a rough patch (“the poor bastard”) or someone who has just “dropped his guts” (farted) better known as a “dirty bastard.”
It even extends to acts of heroism (“he was one brave bastard”) or admiration (“what a good looking bastard?”).
So there you go, but wait!
Be very careful how you use the “bastard” word in the United Kingdom.
Better still don’t use it at all and then certainly don’t smile or laugh if you say it. Oh! and start running.

“What Aussies call other Aussies.”


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.


At the Pub Brisbane 1982

A Hoon is a male Aussie Wanker generally from Queensland or New South Wales who thinks he is a supercharged Vin Diesel when he gets behind the wheel of his car.
They like to do “burn outs” and go the wrong way down a one way street. They love playing “chicken” with other morons.
They get pissed on a Saturday Arvo with their mates, wear thongs, (see above), look scruffy and talk like arseclowns.
They like big angry dogs and they pretend they hate sheilas (ladies).
And they definitely don’t like rich blokes like the one below, who can be seen here drinking wine from a bloody tin can.
What a bloody disgrace this bloke is to Aussie manhood!


Shooting through like a Bondi tram.

Commonly known as toastracks, juggernauts, dreadnoughts and rattletraps, trams were a central part of Sydney life for close to 100 years.
It was a fast and well-patronised public transport service.
Indeed, the speedy Oxford Street route through Paddington was so popular that a colloquial term was coined: ‘Shooting through like a Bondi tram’.
Pitt Street’s last tram ran in the early hours of 29 September 1957. Draped with black streamers and decked with bouquets of red carnations and poppies, the tram was cheered by hundreds of people.
A few hours later linesmen began removing the overhead wires, terminating the service that was first established 96 years earlier.
This was the beginning of the end for Sydney’s trams; within four years all tramlines were closed.
Sydney’s tramway system was, after London’s, the largest in the British Empire and was a central part of Sydney life for 100 years.
The extensive network changed the character of Sydney’s streets, created many of its suburbs and helped it become a modern city.
via Shooting Through: Sydney by Tram | Sydney Living Museums.