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COLLOQUIAL SAYINGS AND SLANGUAGES

Antipodean Lexicon

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EARBASHING:

That which ya get from the Missus if you have one more beer than she thinks fit, or the Boss at work as a reprimand.

EATING (or DININING) WITH THE MINERS (or MINORS):

A very old tradition of coal miners was to have their evening meal quite soon after they got home from the day shift, or before they started twilight shift. This expression is not  much heard nowadays, but can also be linked to  the patriarch dining early in the evening, with the MINORS. It can also be expressed as “EATING WITH THE FLIES”. Flies in Oz usually retreat at about dusk or soon after. 

FAIR DINKUM:

The honest truth. It can be used as a statement  of validity or rhetorical question.

FAIR GO:           

That which every Aussie (& Kiwi) wants to have in their life. It is perceived as being something which everybody else, including government, should bestow on all individuals, specially ME.

FAIR SUCK OF THE SAV:

 Usually an expression of  perceived  unfairness in a situation between two or more people.

FAT AS MUD:

Obese.

FAT CHANCE:

Opposite to FAT AS MUD…. The least (leanest) chance of all of achieving a desired outcome.

FIT AS A FIDDLE:

Meaning one is in a state of very good health.

FIT AS A MALLEE BULL:

To be in extremely good condition. For a bull to survive the summer in The MALLEE, a Nor’western area of Victoria, he had to be tough and resilient.

FLASH IN THE PAN:

A monetary spark of brilliance. A glimpse of the obvious. A sudden inspirational idea. These meanings are derived from that FLASH IN THE PAN, which meant that the gold fossicker, when panning, has a flash of gold in his pan.

FLAT AS A PANCAKE:

A term to describe the flatness of  something, usually related to one’s environment, being it the land, waterway, or sea which surrounds them.

FLAT OUT LIKE A LIZARD DRINKING:

This means that a person is very busy, or in a big hurry. It comes from the fact that certain lizards become very engrossed in their morning duty to flatten themselves upon the night’s dew, and “Drink” moisture into their body via pores under their abdomen.

FLAT STRAP/ FLAT CHAT:

One is going as fast as they can.

FLEA BAG:

Can be said of horses, but usually refers to a degraded dog, or sometimes a cat,. Scrawny, mangy, and full of fleas.

FLIP:

A person who displays the attributes of being stupid, or against the current trend.

FLOOZIE:

A woman of questionable moral status, often dressed and tarted up to make mutton look like lamb.

FLY OFF THE HANDLE:

The vocal reaction one has when confronted by an adverse situation.

FLY ON THE WALL:

Position one wishes to be in to observe the antics of others, and not be detected.

FLY PAPER  FOR STICKIE BEAKS:

An expression used to ridicule a stupid question, or to put another person in their place.

FOUR SLICES SHORT OF A LOAF: 

Mentally challenged. (similarly, “4 snags short of a barbecue”)

FREMANTLE DOCTOR:

The strong Sou’westerly wind which comes in from the Indian Ocean in the late afternoon and relieves the heat of the day in and around Fremantle, and the land areas from Bunbury to north of Perth.

FROG HOLLOW:

That  place where the sun rarely shines on the natural environment and is usually cold & damp. Often said about the low & shady part of a housing subdivision

F

ULL AS A TICK:

The result of being on a BENDER or BLINDER, as ticks become so full from their imbibing from their host that they can no longer control themselves, and fall.

GABO MAIL;

A maritime expression for giving unwanted crew members the required 24 hrs Notice of Discharge. The general steaming time from Gabo Is., on the N.S.W. / Victorian border, to Sydney was about 24 hrs.

G

ALLAH:

  A seemingly stupid or dull person who behaves in the manner as the bird of the same name. 

GALLOWS HUMOR:

A humorous retort, when the inevitable is about to happen anyway. It is usually wry, sarcastic, and defiant. Typical of the irony which has become a solid part of the Antipodean psyche.

GARBO:

There used to be a driver and two or three loaders to keep the neighbourhood  clean of domestic rubbish. Now this is done by one man and a smart truck, but it still takes the GARBO to drive the truck.

GAS BAG:

A person who has a lot to talk about, but who actually says nothing of any consequence. A Blow Hard.

GAZZUNDA:

A porcelain or enamelled receptacle for relieving one’s need during the night. So called, as they GAZZUNDA the bed. They are very rare these days as bedrooms, bathrooms, and toilets are grouped together in the same part of the house.

GET A WRIGGLE ON:

Stir your bones, get a move on, stop being lazy, smarten yourself up, attend to the duty at hand.

GET OFF MY BACK:

Leave me alone. Don’t bother me.

GET ON YA GOAT:

Something which is particularly annoying is said to do this.

GET THE FLICK:   

To be dismissed ,sacked, made redundant, not needed or wanted anymore.

GET YA FINGER OUT:

Same as “get a wriggle on”.

GIBBERS:

Any stone, from the size of an orange to as large as a house. The true use of GIBBERS is in the knowledge of  its application.

GIVE IT A BURL;

Be a bit game. Give whatever the objective is a good try.

GNAT’S WHISKER:

Gnats, which seem to flock in hundreds at head height in summer, and get up ya nose and in ya mouth, must have very tiny whiskers, hence the relationship to their size for evading a situation.

GO BUNG:

To KARK IT, or fail to function as desired. To die.

GO DOTTY/DOTTIE:

A display of emotion which represents a very caring attitude toward a person, household pet , flora, fauna, or other focus in one’s attention.

GO JUMP IN THE LAKE:

A gentle but firm expression indicating that person to whom this is directed ought take stock of their situation.

GO RIDE YA BIKE:

This can be taken as a directive for the recipient to leave the scene, and consider their position.

GOB SMACKED:

When a person uses this expression about themselves they are suffering total disbelief of a situation.

GOB:

Mouth, lips and teeth.

GONE TO THE DOGS:

Being really down on one’s luck. Too many BLINDERS or BENDERS can bring one to this situation. A serious lack of self esteem and personal care. One in a situation where one might bet on greyhound races to try to recoup one’s losses.

GONE TROPPO:

Said of people who lose the plot due to too much exposure to hot and humid conditions, and or a consumption of alcohol, so that they can’t control their emotions.

GONNER:

A person or thing of the past, or a person (who because of their actions) will soon one.

GOOLIES:           

Usually in reference to stones of a hand throwing size, but also applied to the contents of a scrotum.

GOOSE:

A fool, or one of lesser mental capacity than their immediate peers, or one behaving so.

GOOSED:

One is GOOSED when one has been touched on the serious part of one’s posterior.

GRAPE VINE;

That method by which news and/or scandal travels about the community, without seeming to have any physical being.

GRUB:

As in Tucker, or food, but usually regarded as of a lesser quality than Tucker.

GUN SHEARER:

The best and fastest shearer on the boards (of the shearing shed).

GUNNA:

The verbal declaration of one’s intent do something. Often GUNNA is all that happens, and some people are known by this word as their nickname.