So I'm writing an Australian character and I was wondering what sort of slang Aussies use. I know 'crikey' is rarely used other than by granddads.
I’ll try and give you as much as I can remember on the spot, and keep in mind I’m not the official spokesperson for australia so this is gonna be slang that I’ve personally heard or used and I did grow up in some more rural parts of australia and have fam from there so some australians might look at words on this list and go “I have never fucking heard that before in my life”
and obviously some of this wont be solely australian as language/slang tends to wander lmao. not all of them are necessarily common either, I’ve noticed that I hear a lot of these less and less as I grow up and that might be because I’ve lived in a bigger Australian city for a while now or because modern Australia is becoming more Americanized (Amercian TV is more accessible than ever) or the influence of the internet changes our slang.
I mean I use words like “fam” and “y’all” and a myriad of other terms because of the Internets influence. before the internet really took off, I heard a lot more of this typically australian slang:
gas station: servo
cigarette: durry, darb, cig
a bad time in my life: a bad trot (”last year was a bad trot”)
biscuit: bicky (biscuit as in an oreo or montecarlo - I know biscuit in america means something else).
work: yakka (”its hard yakka” - my mum uses this term a lot probably because she grew up in a tiny australian country town because I swear to god I never hear this from anyone except country folk)
long time ago: yonks (it was fucking yonks ago) this is originally a pretty British term though but hey it made its way here for obvious reasons.
skip school/truancy: wag (”I wagged off school for a week”)
someone who is cheeky/misbehaving: bugger (”you little bugger”) and saying “bugger off” is basically “fuck off” but this is also a very British saying too
flip flops: thongs
beverage: bevvy (ella is always texting me saying “wanna go get a sneaky bevvy/brewski tonight?)
pants/trousers: dacks (I’m gonna dack him = I’m gonna pull his pants down)
an endearing misfit or disheveled/poorly dressed person: dag (I hear the term “dag” to mean multiple things but for the most part it tends to mean someone who doesn’t quite fit with the crowd which I’m sure is where Dag in Mad Max got her name from).
taking sick leave from work: chuck a sickie
the honest truth: fair dinkum (I only really hear aussie’s in more rural areas use this, like my fam from the middle of fucking nowhere use it constantly)
an idiot: drongo
also an idiot: yobbo
a common insult: mongrel/dog (a lot of assholes use the term “dog” to describe an ugly person, usually an ugly woman but I hear a lot of angry drunk dudes use the insult “dog cunt”)
bludger: useless lazy person (people who survive on centrelink/welfare are often called “dole bludgers”)
a man: bloke (he’s an alright bloke)
an alcoholic: pisspot
derro: derelict kind of person or place (that bar was fuckin derro/what a derro cunt)
battler: someone who works hard
(note: I almost never hear australians say ‘what a beat!’ unless its steve irwin)
work break: smoko
aggressive/angry: aggro (”he went totally aggro”)
I’m about to lose my temper: “I’m about to crack the shits”
common insults: fuckwit, cunt, wanker, dickhead, dog, fucking mole, dog cunt, derro cunt, all variations of “cunt”
this is probably the most accurate list I can find online too:
and this is a really good article to read because it talks about the evolution of Australian slang/language. it also looks at Indigenous Australian slang and their languages and how they’ve been one of the biggest influences on the modern Australian slang. They also have their own unique slang too so its definitely worth looking up: