Australian Slang N to R
Australian slang, like all slang, is constantly evolving and changing. While the list below includes a lot of common slang, it is by no means complete.
Continued from last week's article: here is N-R
[See A-C D-I J-M N-R S-Z]
nana - (short for banana) to be mentally deranged or to lose your temper. "He was off his nana."
Never Never, The - the remotest part of inland Australia
nipper - a small child
Noah's Ark - rhyming slang for a shark
no-hoper - A fool, or lazy, hapless person.
no worries - Don't worry, everything is okay. See apples.
nong - a fool or silly person
nuggety - a short, thickset person
nulla-nulla - an aboriginal war club
ocker - an uncultivated Australian. Easily identified by their navy cotten singlet or tee-shirt, stubbies or rugby shorts and thongs. Used in the same way red neck in the U.S.us used.
off - Many meansing such as tainted food is "off"; bad tase is also "off"; to leave in a hurry is to be "off"; and if someone is ill they are "feeling off."
"Off like a bucket of prawns", means something had a very bad smell. Someone who is in a hurry can be said to be 'off like a bride's nightie."
old man - a fully grown male kangaroo
Orstralia - Australia in broad Aussie dialect
Outback - Inland Australia
Oz - Australia
paralytic - Dead drunk
Pat Malone - Rhyning slang for "own". "I'm on me Pat Malone"
pavlova - A popular suburban dessert, named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. A "pav" consists of a large soft centered meringue filled with cream and fruit topped with passionfruit.
perks - little extras; the side benefits.
petril - Gasoline
pie floater - Meat pie floating in a bowl of pea soup. Some devotees believe a pie floater is the best hangover cure. See floater.
pokies - Poker or slot machines. Also, one-armed bandits.
pollie - Politican. Australian, like most people, don't hold "bloody pollies" in high regard.
pommy - Someone from the British Isles. There are a number of explanations but the most common are: Pomegrante for the ruddy cheeks of British immigrants; the acronym P.O.M.E. stamped on early convicts' clothing, which stood for Prisoner of Mother England. Also, a pommy bastard is someone from Pommyland or Pomgolia - Great Britain.
possie - a position or spot. "There's a good parking possie."
postie - Mail man or woman. Most posties in Australia ride motor cycles and have flags on the back so people can see them.
P-plate - newly licensed drivers in Australia have to display a (Provisional) P-plate for one year and are known as P-platers.
prang - a car crash or accident
prawn - What Americans call a shrimp. Also, a fool. "Don't come the raw prawn with me, mate", means don't try and pull a fast one.
property - a farm or ranch
pub - Public house, hotel or bar
pull your head in - mind your own business
Rafferty's rules - no rules at all
rager - someone who likes to party
ratbag - a bit of a rogue or troublemaker. Raybaggery is the act of being a ratbag.
ratty - mad or deranged
raw prawn - see prawn
razoo - An imaginary coin of no value. Also, to have no money at all. "She didn't have a brass razoo."
redback - a small black spider with a red spot on its back. Potentially lethal. They hang out in in outhouses (dunnies) or other dark places.
reggo - motor vehicle registration
ring-in - something replaced fraudulently. Also, someone who arrives at a party uninvited.
ringer - in sheep country, a ringer is the fastest shearer; in cattle country, he's the best stockman.
ripper - someone or something really good. "Bloody ripper, mate."
ropeable - angry or bad tempered. "Cripes, me old china plate was ropeable when I turned up legless this arvo."
rort - a fraudulent act. Aussies are always accusing the pollies of rorting the system.
rough - Originally the word referred to a bad shearing jobs, nowadays it means something unreasonable. "That's a bit rough, mate."
roughie - a cheat, someone who tries to "pull a swiftie." Also refers to someone who is uncouth.
round - Originally, to round up cattle, but nowadays refers to buying a "round" of drinks at the pub
rubbish, to - to put someone down, to denigrate.
rug-rat - a small child. see ankle-biter.
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