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Australian Slang Words You Probably Don't Know

List RulesAussies only: vote up the slang terms you really use or hear used in Australia.

Ah, Australian slang. A lexicon unto itself, slang in Australia puts Cockney rhyming to shame. The country's jaw-gritting determination to abbreviate even the shortest of words is a point of national pride. If you find yourself in the land down under during your travels, fear not: this list of Aussie slang will have you fluent in localese before the afternoon arvo is over.

Everything from body parts to gas stations is fair game for slang in Oz: abbreviation (or outright recoining) is a way of life here. As one Aussie pal put it: "The trick is in shortening anything that's already been shortened and then giving it a longer nickname." Makes sense, no? Check out the Australian words below for a quick taste of the continent's flavorful slang.

 

 
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    Bogan

    An Australian redneck. Often found in remote parts of the country, or, if on holiday, getting maggot in Bali.
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    Scull

    To "scull down" a drink is to chug it. There's some controversy as to whether it's "scull" or "skol," but most Australians seem to agree on the former. The Aussies love sculling so much they've even got a song for it: 

    Here's to [insert drinker's name], he's true blue.
    He's a piss pot through and through.
    He's a bastard so they say,
    Should have gone to heaven but he went the other way!
    He went down, down, down, down, down!

    The crowd won't stop singing until the piss pot in question sculls down his drink.
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    Root

    To have sex. Acceptable variations are "to root" and "to get a root." (But beware: "rooted" just means that you're tired, so use carefully.)
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    Dag

    Term of endearment for an entertainingly eccentric, careless person (often with bad fashion sense).
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