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How to Talk "Aussie": Even More Australian Slang, Strine and Colloquialisms (J to P)

John was born and raised in Australia. Subsequently, he is interested in all things Australian: language, sport and culture.

A typical Aussie bar scene 1980s

A typical Aussie bar scene 1980s

Welcome to Australia

Welcome, and thanks for visiting the third installment of my "Dictionary of Australian Slang, Strine and Colloquialisms" which I have continued due to the popularity of the first two articles. If you are reading this it has obviously been published, something I have had quite a bit of trouble achieving. Because there are a number of websites listing the A, B, Cs of Aussie Slang it is difficult to pass the "duplication" test, and this hub has constantly come up against that hurdle.

What surprises me is that the first two articles in the series were immediately published without a problem. Anyway, I am persistent if nothing else so better late than never. If you readers enjoy what I've written here than it is definitely worth the trouble.

Strine's Fine

The weather's always sunny

In this land of milk and honey,

And we all talk rather funny

Even those with lots of money.

Other countries have their slang,

Some accents even have a twang.

From the British Isles our language sprang,

Waltzing Matilda's often sang.

Aussies often speak in strine,

Oh, a language so devine.

Our country doesn't toe the line,

We are unique and that is fine.

What to Expect When Visiting Australia

As a modern country Australia prides itself in its multicultural society, with many nationalities and languages. The predominant spoken language is English, but there is a distinct and colourful local variation often known as strine or simply "Aussie". It is helpful to learn at least a few of the different terms and colloquialisms if holidaying here but not essential. Some Aussies may even get a kick out of the discomfort of a foreign visitor's frustrated attempts to make sense of a conversation, but as a whole, we are a pretty friendly mob and most of the time we do go out of our way to help tourists wherever possible.

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Unlike many other countries where there are regional dialects, the only noticeable accent deviations you will find here are those of the upper, middle and working classes, though even these are slight (maybe the country vs city comparison is the most distinct). Sometimes false British accents may be exaggerated at social functions and in the media (although this was more pronounced in the early days of Australian radio and t.v.), and although some of the terms and colloquialisms vary from state to state, the actual accents don't.

Be aware though, unless you are absolutely certain of the meaning of a phrase, do not use it! British or American slang may mean something totally the opposite to what it does in Australia. This can often lead to much embarrassment, so be careful. With all of its unique and even humorous idioms, however, the language used by Australians is strongly influenced by, and remains unquestionably English.

In this hub you will find slang, strine, and colloquialisms beginning with the letters J through to P. I hope you find it an interesting and maybe funny learning experience.

(disclaimer: some content may offend some readers)



joey (baby kangaroo)

joey (baby kangaroo)

J j

Jabiru : a black necked stork found in northern and eastern Australia

Jack of it : fed up, sick of it, had enough of a situation (I'm jack of it!)