Bush Words


COLLOQUIAL SAYINGS AND SLANGUAGES

ONE
HUNDRED WORDS AND SAYINGS OF AUSTRALIAN BUSHMEN

adam’s ale drinking water
axe handles
across
used as a form of measurement
bandicooting stealing potatoes out of paddock
boil the
billy
for a cup of tea
black stump a mythical place where no one lives
blind stump a short stump covered by leaves and
ferns
do the block get angry
bloke a person
bluey person with red hair
bluey a fight or “punch-uo”
bonzer good, excellent
bowyang string tied below the knees of work
trousers
buckley’s
chance
to have no chance at all
bugger all nothing
bush bellows a  bushies hat
bush pickles worcestishire sauce stirred into
plum jam
bush
telegraph
maens where local news and
happemings occur in the outback
bush telly a campfire
A BULLOCK
TEAM
A TEAM OF FOURTEEN EACH WITH ITS OWN
NAME.
2 “Polers”, the heaviest
and strongest
2 “Pinners” pinned in
wagon with chains hooked
2 “Leads of the Pin”
2 “Body Bullocks”
2″Body Bullocks”
2″Behind the Leaders’
2 “Leaders”
buster a fall or tumble
buzzies creeping native plant with a very
sticky seed head
cant dog chain and hook used for rolling logs
in the bush
chock a
block
full to overflowing
cockey’s joy Golden Syrup
cooee a bush call which carries a long way
corduroy
track
logs are laid crossways to stop
sinking into soft earth
crib packed lunch
crook to feel ill
double dink to carry a passenger on a bicycle or
horse
dinkum true, real, honest
does on’s
block
get angry
down the
chute
hopeless, lost
drag the
chain
to be slow in any work or contest
drop one’s
bundle
to give up
dropper wooden stake fixed to fence to keep
wires apart
ducks dinner drink of water without anything to
eat
dunnie outside toilet
flannel woolen flannel shirt, usually grey
flying axe
handles
diarrhoea
flying
handicap
an attack of diarrhoea
free
swingers
same as in widow makers
furphy rumour or untruth
go to billyo get lost, go away and don’t come
back
goog egg
grizzleguts a person who complains all the time
haven’t a
skerrick
haven’t any at all
hold your
horses
not so fast
horizontal
scrub
thin tree grows then drops to a
horizontal angle
hump to carry over the shoulder
iffey uncertain, unsure
jack and
jill sawing
competition with a male and female
team
jackie howe sleeveless shirt named after famous
Australian blade shearer
johnny come
lately
person new to the area
jumbuck a sheep
keep your
end up
do your share
kick the
bucket
to die
kiss my foot nonsense
mud map drawn by bushmen on ground to give
instructions
piners persons who fell huon pine for
timber
pull one’s
leg
a hoax or trick
razoo a coin of no value
red gold cedar tree
red steer a deliberately lit bush fire
rummin’ a strange, funny, unusual person
shank’s pony walking, ttravelling on foot
sheila a young woman or girl
shoe board 2″thick,10″wide,6’long,used
for climbing trees
shoe steel under log when pulling to avoid
snagging
snig chain used for pulling logs in the bush
tasmanian
bluey
woolen outer garment to protect
against severe weather
tucker food
under dog sawyer who stood under the log in
the pit saw
widowmaker broken limb hanging, could fall and
cause fatality
argue the
toss
to dispute a decision or an order
back of
Bourke
remote back country
backing dog sheepdock that runs across backs of
sheep
barcoo rot land scurvy
barmaid’s
blush
drink of rum and raspberry
basin crop a crude type of haircut
big smoke large city or town
bitser a mongrel animal,anything made of
bits and pieces
booze up a drinking bout
bovine
puncher
bullock driver
buckjumper horse that bucks,one who rides a
bucking horse
bump across to meet up with
burl, give
it a
to make an attempt
bush dinner mutton, damper and tea
bushwhacker a coountry worker, expesially an
axeman
chalk and
talk
schoolteacher
chop woodchopping contest for axemen
clucky pregnant
Douglas an axe
Kelly an axe
fossick to search for gold, rummage about
game as Ned
Kelly
willing to tackle big odds
gun an expert shearer
the long
paddock
the open road
Phar Lap
gallop
the fox trot
Rafferty’s
Rules
no rules at all
ripsnorter something particularly good