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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) 1267 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) 1278 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|246) 1256 days ago
by Jmbis (score: 1|10) 1285 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) 1278 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) 698 days ago
Fair Dinkum
by Kerry (score: 0|8) 1262 days ago
STRUTH !!! have a gander at that shella
by Bru (score: 0|7) 491 days ago
Chuck a ewey
by banab (score: 1|32) 1288 days ago
On ya
by Dugga (score: 0|8) 1289 days ago
He's so "quiche"
Thanks Ja'mie
by Elcde (score: 1|15) 1171 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|817) 1283 days ago
Straaylya = Australia
by ahcro (score: 0|6) 488 days ago
Most versatile word - bugger.
by hbee (score: 0|6) 305 days ago
Dry as a dead dingo's donger
by readingroxie99 (score: 1|22) 1287 days ago
by niloo (score: 0|6) 1251 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|507) 1267 days ago
It's a dog's breakfast.
by matil (score: 1|21) 1194 days ago
No worries.
by lharr (score: 1|13) 1245 days ago
I am so hungry I could eat the horse and chase the jockey
by Happy Mom (score: 2|548) 1250 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) 1109 days ago
A face like a robbers dog
by eyreh (score: 0|6) 1117 days ago
If he had a brain he's be dangerous
by judiron (score: 1|53) 1255 days ago
Geepers Creepers.
by nanet (score: 0|7) 1236 days ago
by Caesar (score: 0|6) 1124 days ago
thank's mate
by bobbh (score: 0|7) 1186 days ago
get a dog up ya!
by mwnes (score: 0|5) 811 days ago
The sign says "Give Way",,,not Give Up!!!!!!!!!
by Carolyn Martin (score: 0|5) 622 days ago
"Get a load of that mate"? Referring to leering at Sheilas.
Gawd I'm dryer than a lizard on a rock! lack of hydration or dying for a drink.
She'll be right mate..
Jeez ya wouldn't be dead for quids! Old Ozzie pre-decimal currency.
China plate=mate
The old man=father
by vivie (score: 0|5) 697 days ago
Rip snorter
by Kerar (score: 0|5) 488 days ago

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