Here’s some gnarly phrases you can use to sound like a local:
Goon – very cheap wine that is available in squishy foil bags. Warning: may contain fish or eggs.
Grog – a term meaning alcohol.
Pot / schooner – half pint-sized drink.
Ripper / bonza – local sign of approval.
Chook – a chicken, and ordering parma chook means you’ll be served with chicken coated in breadcrumbs, ham and melted cheese.
Doona – bed sheets.
U-eys – a common driving practice of performing U-turns wherever possible.
Utes – a type of van that everyone owns.
Vegemite – a despicable version of the disgusting Marmite, which can be found in the ‘Gourmet Food’ section of a supermarket.
Here’s some interesting facts* to impress your mates in the next pub quiz:
- The Aussie coat of arms features a kangaroo and emu because they cannot physically go backwards – onwards and upwards!
- Male echidnas (spiky anteaters) are well known for being, ahem, rather well-endowed.
- Kangaroos are named due to a European misinterpreting an Aboriginal saying ‘I don’t understand.’
- Koala means ‘without water’, because their diet consists of eucalyptus leaves only.
- *Not all facts may be 100% verifiable and the author does not take responsibility for any incorrect pub quiz answers.