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The Aussie language (Strine) is truly unique. It had its beginning from undesirable British subjects shipped to Australia as convicts, and native-born inhabitants known as Aborigines.
Introduction to this strange new land was often difficult and played a strong part in the formation of Australian sayings. Frequently conflict developed between the Aborigine and the free settlers.
Among the convicts many served strenuous labour tasks constructing roads and government buildings. Others were assigned to toil the harsh land under the watchful eye of a soldier. Along with the Aborigine, and his indigenous culture, came a diverse discovery of unusual wildlife, plants, minerals, and for the elusive metal -- gold.
Discover the meaning to hundreds of Australian words! We've put together the most used and frequently spoken words. Discover what each word means, how it's used in conversation, how to pronounce it, and more!
In the year 1851, news of immense gold finds in the state of New South Wales and Victoria led many adventurous soles away from the safety and shelter of the city to seek fame and fortune in the outback. Isolation and little law enforcement consequently bought about much greed and bloodshed among the miners. Only a small minority eventually returned to the city with wealth.
Bushrangers (i.e. Highwaymen) became prevalent. The scoundrel named Ned Kelly became Australia's most famous.
The fervent fever for gold caused many communities and townships to spring up virtually overnight. A new culture was in the making. Experiences and life in the outback were influencing the attitude, habits, and speech of these new land settlers.
In time many convicts gained their freedom, establishing small homesteads, raising families, and cultivating the land.
By the mid 1860's the nation's population has increased at an alarming rate. Australia was now looked upon as the new "land of opportunity" by migrants flocking to her shores. As the country developed, land previously unoccupied by the white settler, in addition to unexplored territory, now gave way to an infiltration of new inhabitants.
Occasional coexistence with the Aborigine created a fresh understanding of their culture, behaviour and speech. These native people, once considered hostile and dangerous, now had influence and a share in the formation of this new progressive language.
Another strong influence on this vocabulary was the formation of the Australian character, displaying a down-to-earth easy going she's right mate attitude in life.
Many words and phrases frequently spoken evolved from exaggerated stories of humorous content associated with the Australian character. As the years passed, much of the terminology as it is known and accepted today, remained as an integral part of Australian language.
The art of exaggeration prominently displayed by the early colonial folk appears to be an established part of today's Australian character, especially with the male; i.e., "I'eard ya' caught a bigon', mate!" "yeah, a bloody big fish or-right!" (The word bloody, is the most used adjective) See aussie slang words.
Much flavour and spice was added to the Australian dialect by the diggers of the last two world wars. Although some of the more colourful words and expressions have faded from existence, much of this terminology can still be heard among blokes shouting "schooners" at the local pub.
With the advancement of technology Australia is no longer an isolated continent. American, British and European programs have introduced to Australia assorted cultures, languages and accents. Yet, despite this, the Aussie way of talk has flourished.
The Australian language proves to be a living and changing language due to the character and the ingenious use of the English language.
If you were to visit the "land down under", you would be greeted with the term, G'Day or Ow ya' goin'?. Yet stranger terms would confuse your ears, words like: feeling crook, she's apples; or hard yakka.
Even more confusing to your ears (and oftentimes hard to understand) would be even stranger expressions like, flat out like a lizard drinking.
Hearing any of these terms used in a sentence would undoubtedly, leave you a little bewildered, especially when heard in conjunction with the Aussie accent.
Australians bring a new meaning to the word "bilingual". They can understand most foreign terms in the English vernacular, but most likely it would take you some time to understand the Australian way of talk.
To aid you in this endeavour, a glossary of the most commonly used Australian words and expressions have been indexed in alphabetical order (A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z). Humorous moments may arise as you aspire to express your feelings and thoughts by communicating via the Australian dialect.
If a word or expression does leave you a little confused, just remember Australians have a tendency to speak quickly and almost always leave off the letter "G" at the end of a word, and the letter "H" at the beginning of a word. They then pronounce the word as if the letter never existed in the first place. To continue reading aussie slang click Australian slang.