Australian Slang S to Z
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 S-Z
[See A-C D-I J-M N-R S-Z]
Shag on a rock - being exposed or being alone. "Left like a shag on a rock."
Schooner - large glass of beer (15 oz.) "I've love a few schooners of amber fluid."
shandy - a drink composed mostly of beer and a dash of lemonade. Once regarded as a "refined" drink for ladies but now popular primarily with older women.
sheila - a young girl or woman. "She's a pretty grouse sheila." Less popular today in light of feminism.
shoot through - to leave or escape quickly, as in "to shoot through like a Bondi tram."
shout - to pay for a round of drinks, also used when buying anything for another person. In an Aussie pub, you'll often hear, "It's your shout, mate.""
sickie - to "take a sickie" is to take a day off work when you are not really ill.
silvertail - someone with social aspirations; can also refer to a wealthy person
singlet - mostly worm by men under their shirts like a t-shirt but sleeveless. Sometimes worn alone with shorts. See ocker.
six-pack - package of six cans or bottles of beer
skerrick - a very small amount
skite - to boast or to brag
slacker - someone who avoids hard work
sling-off, to - to ridicule or mock
snag - a light meal, but most commonly a sausage. See barbie.
snaky - angry. "Listen you drongo. Don't get snaky with me." Can also mean sneaky.
soft drink - soda or pop
sook - a coward or sissy
sparrow fart - very early in th emorning. "The kookaburras woke me up at sparrow fart."
spine-bash, to - to loaf or lie around.
spinner - used in the gambling game, Two-up. The spinner is the player who tosses the coins. "Come in Spinner" is said to call up one's luck as the coins are tossed.
sport - a friendly greeting. "G'day sport."
squatocracy - Modern day descendents of the original squatters who leased Crown land for grazing and farming. Now referred to as a socio-economic group - a rural aristrocracy.
station - a ranch where cattle or sheep are the major industry. Usually a large holding or station of many thousands of acres.
sticky beak - a nosy, prying person
stir, to - to provoke someone. A stirrer is a troublemaker.
strides - men's trousers, sometimes referred to as "dacks"
strike, to - a mild oath. "Strike me blue." "Strike me lucky." "Strike a light."
struth, another mild oath. God Struth Bluey, tell me ya didn't!
stubby - a short, squat bottle of bear. Look out for stubby coolers; small sturofoam holders shaped to fit a cold stubby or tinnie.
Stubbies - short shorts worn by farm workers - a brand name that has stuck.
sunbake - sunbathe. "It's a scorcher. A great day for a sunbake."
sundowner - itinerant worker. Originally a tramp who wandered station to station looking for work, making sure he arrived at sundown in time for dinner.
swagman - a tramp; an itinerarnt worker. Also known as a swaggie.
ta - thank you. "Ta ta" means goodbye, and to go "ta tas" means to go on an outing or to go to sleep."
Tassie - Tasmania
Taswegian - Tasmanian
tea tree - An aromatic tree whose oil has healing qualities. Also, ti tree.
tin lid - rhyming slang for kid - wife and kids often referred to as Strife and Tin Lids.
tinnie - a can of beer; also a small aluminium boat used in estuaries for fishing
togs - a bathing costume
tomato sauce - ketchup
too right - Certainly!
toot - toilet
Top End - The northern part of the Northern Territory. A Top-Ender is a resident of this area.
troppo - to "go troppo" is to be mentally disturbed. The original usage probably came from illness caused by too much time spent under the tropical sun of northern Australia and Papa New Guinea.
truckie - a long distance lorry or truck driver, sometimes pulling three large vans.
true blue - to be true blue means to be genuine. "A true blue Aussie."
tube - can of beer
tucker - to eat food. Can also mean to be tired out. "All this yarning has tuckered me out."
turps - Alcoholic liquor. "Let's have a night on the turps."
two-bob - Cheap; of little value. Also, "as mad as a two-bob watch", means silly or mad.
two-pot screamer - someone who is very suspectible to alcohol
two-up - a gambling game in which two coins are tossed and bets are made on how they will fall
Uey - also, uy and youee. To "chuck a Uey" is to make a U-turn while driving
uni - University
up a gum tree - confused, not sure what to do
ute - utility truck or pick-up truck
Vegemite - sometimes referred to as Australia's national food. Loved by all true blue Aussies, Vegemite is a brown yeast extract spread on toast and sandwiches. Now a foreign owned company!
waddy waddy - dried beef similar to, but much harder than, beef jerky
Waltzing Matilda - Australia's unofficial national anthem. Also means to wander around the country with a swag. See matilda.
walkabout - to wander the countryside. When Aborigines "go walkabout," it means to live in the traditional manner of their ancestors.
Westie - a resident of Sydney's western suburbs
Westralian - someone from Western Australia
whacker - a fool. A general term of abuse.
whacko - a positive exclamation such as "whacko the diddle O" or "whacko the chook". Can also be used to describe someone that is a little crazy. "He's whacko".
whinge, to - To complain a lot. A Whinger is a person who whinges.
white ant, to - to undermine someone's reputation
witchetty - in the language of the Aborigines of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, a witchetty is a hooked stick to remove grubs from treet roots. Also, a witchetty grub is a large white grub that lves in the roots of certain types of gum trees. Aborigines value them as good tucker.
wobbegong - a New South Wales Aboriginal word for several species of se-bed dwelling sharks. Also known as carpet sharks, as they are harmless to humans.
Woomera - an Aboriginal implement used to propel a spear. Also the geographical township that was blasted to billy-o, by the British when testing nuclear bombs.
Woop Woop - a fictional remote rural backwater. "That raving ratbag comes from somewhere out near Woop Woop." See back of beyond and black stump.
worries, no - Not a problem!
wowser - someone whose behavior is puritancal or prudish
yabby - freshwater crayfish
yahoo - originally a new South Wales Aboriginal word meaning an evil spirit, now means a hooligan. See hoon.
Yakka - Hard work. "She's a demon for hard yakka."
yam - an edible tuberous root
yarn, to - to tell a bit of a tale. Also, to talk, to chat.
yobbo - a hoodlum
youse - Slang for plural you. "Why don't youse come over for a cuppa this arvo." "I love youse all".
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