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by Jenny (subscribe)
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Published September 16th 2013
Bogan, yuppie, dag, drongo are just some of the Aussie slang words used to demystify Australian culture and class. Derogatory as they sound, this slang can also be used in terms of endearment!

In Australia, nobody's the same. I'm really enjoying the viewing on ABC at the moment. In my eyes, It's A Date, Upper Middle Bogan ,and The Time Of Our Lives eloquently capture the myriad people, culture and lifestyle that exists throughout Australia.

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Upper Middle Bogan is superb viewing on Thursday nights at 8.30pm. Image courtesy of ABC

Episode 5: No Angel of Upper Middle Bogan's first series is a classic, with Edwina (Lara Robinson) conducting her prestigious private school choir through a classical remake of a true blue Aussie classic of The Angels Am I ever Gonna See your Face Again? Replacing the response "no way get f****ed, f***k off" is the bassoon playing Edwina.

In our workplace, we currently employ a number of agency staff, many of whom have come from the United Kingdom.

The majority of expats have settled along the coast to experience and reinvent themselves in the casual, friendly culture and lifestyles of Australia as witnessed on their televisions through series such as BBC's Wanted Down Under and the best way of all, through word of mouth.

One particular expat is hooked on Arnott's bikkies and just adores Burger Rings. Lunch time's fun and entertaining at the moment as we continue to educate him on Aussie slang. Even a simple phrase as fair dinkum requires a translation.

What's your favourite Aussie slang word or phrase? If you're an expat, I'd love to hear from you re: your first impressions of Australia and your favourite food and customs.
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by Carly Ogborne (score: 3|4616) 1356 days ago
Im flat out like a lizard drinking!
See ya!
Ugh.... the collective word>>>>>> ' Youz' <<< so bogan!
Yobbo and 'ya dag' lol
Worse than a dead dogs dinger!
So up himself/herself that she/he's inside out!
..... is a bit of a nervous Nellie.
Wow! Have a quick perve at that!! :-o or :-)
It runs on the smell of an oily rag... referring to running a car and it not costing you much to run.
Stiff Cheddar..............tough luck!
lol.... an oldie but a goodie.... ' have been up before Sparrows fart'
meaning... got up too early and before the birds.
A sandwich short of a picnic is a goodie
Raining Cats n Dogs
lol......'' Dont get ya knickers in a knot!'' or ' Dont get into a twist!'
What an absolute bucket of Cods..... or you can add Codswallop. Or being an Aussie you can eliminate all those words b/c we love short hand speaking and just say with an inflection........ CODS! with the latter you might smile, or chuckle or look serious ...
' Ha! Got YOU by the short n curlies...didn(t) I.... dont sound the T.

I could add more but they could be a bit rude or over the top.

then there is G'day! I dont hear it much here but hearing a female friend of mine she says it all the time....she's a Sandgroper!
by summer (score: 2|250) 1346 days ago
couple of roos short in the paddock - screw lose upstairs
john howards - long eyebrows
dog's eye - meat pie
fugly , sorry but we use it
by Anne Dignam (score: 2|859) 1367 days ago
by Jmbis (score: 1|10) 1374 days ago
A sandwich short of a picnic.
Shoot through like a Bondi tram.
It's like Pitt Street (busy).
by readingroxie99 (score: 1|22) 1367 days ago
STRUTH !!! have a gander at that shella
by Bru (score: 0|7) 580 days ago
I'm as flat out as a lizard drinking.

Going to shoot thru like a Bondi

He's got a face like a dropped pie.
by judiron (score: 1|53) 787 days ago
Fair Dinkum
by Kerry (score: 0|8) 1351 days ago
Chuck a ewey
by banab (score: 1|32) 1377 days ago
On ya
by Dugga (score: 0|8) 1378 days ago
Straaylya = Australia
by ahcro (score: 0|6) 577 days ago
He's so "quiche"
Thanks Ja'mie
by Elcde (score: 1|15) 1260 days ago
fair dinkum you'd have to be a boofhead not to think that this was a dropdead bonza article
by glenop (score: 2|823) 1372 days ago
Most versatile word - bugger.
by hbee (score: 0|6) 394 days ago
by niloo (score: 0|6) 1340 days ago
Dry as a dead dingo's donger
by readingroxie99 (score: 1|22) 1376 days ago
A face like a robbers dog
by eyreh (score: 0|6) 1206 days ago
by Caesar (score: 0|6) 1214 days ago
Yeah-nah always brings explosions of mirth, indeed, the occasional expelling of one's drink through the nose...
by Max Flynn (score: 1|61) 1198 days ago
I've seen better heads on a flat beer!
... (it's/she's/he's) a face like a half-sucked Twistie.

The very old saying "fair suck of the Pineapple Doughnut" ...
Melbourne used to have DOWNEY FLAKE who made the most delicious Pineapple Doughnuts - not iced, but soaked in a thick, sweet pineapple flavoured syrup. Soft, light, fluffy, and ready to 'die for'.......YUMMMMMM!!
by fluffynut (score: 2|599) 1356 days ago
get a dog up ya!
by mwnes (score: 0|5) 900 days ago
No worries.
by lharr (score: 1|13) 1334 days ago
thank's mate
by bobbh (score: 0|7) 1275 days ago
It's a dog's breakfast.
by matil (score: 1|21) 1283 days ago
If he had a brain he's be dangerous
by judiron (score: 1|53) 1344 days ago
Spat the dummy is one of my favourites - and my husband had to explain to me what a 'snag in a bag' was!
by Annie Waddington-Feather (score: 2|184) 1326 days ago
I am so hungry I could eat the horse and chase the jockey
by Happy Mom (score: 2|548) 1339 days ago
Rip snorter
by Kerar (score: 0|5) 577 days ago
Dead set! (truly or really)
Kangaroos in the top paddock. (nuts, crazy)
Flat out like a lizard drinking. (very busy)
Far out! (truly or really)
Have a captain at that! (to have a look - rhyming slang with Captain Cook)
by dbake (score: 0|5) 571 days ago
The sign says "Give Way",,,not Give Up!!!!!!!!!
by Carolyn Martin (score: 0|5) 711 days ago

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