Episode 11- Slang Smackdown. USA vs Australia!

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Episode 11- Slang. USA vs Australia.

This episode we will bring to you something a little different. Slang is everywhere these days. As much as writers will try to avoid using it, they cannot hide from it. So this show, we will explore some slang english and what better way to do it than have American slang versus Australian? Afterall, us Aussies are notorious for it.

Why we use slang: from website:


Catharines Slang contribution:
Beat –  Stereo system in a car.
Get your Issue –  Death Sentence
Hood – neighborhood
Ratchet –  Girl from the Ghetto
Tight – flash or cool
What’s up with it? –  What’s up, what’s good?
Shawty – girlfriend
Get it in –  Sex, hours of work
Ya Feel me?  Do you understand?
Jump off – mistress
Swag – personal Style, confidence
Slap –  Cool song or loud music
Hater –  Slander, heinous deed against you,  contempt
It’s a wrap –  it’s over
Kiss the baby –  it’s over
Go hard or go home –  make the effort
Paper –  Money
Bopper – whore
Pop off –  Drama, fight is brewing
Fire on you – punch you

Damien’s slang contribution:



Ankle biter: small child

Awning over the toy shop: male beer belly (the toy shop being the male reproductive organs)

Berko: angry in a unreasonable way

Big bikkies: lots of money

Bloody oath: Of course! that’s certainly true!!

On the Blower: on the telephone

Bonzer: great, terrific

Boofhead: idiot – stupid.

Chock a block or Chocker’s: full to the point you can fill no more or crowded to over flowing

G’day Cobber: welcome close friend

Crack-a-Coldie: a cold beer

Cozzie: swimming costume (NSW)

Crikey!: surprise at something

Daks: trousers or shorts or underpants

Dero: tramp, hobo, homeless person (from “derelict”)

Dog’s breakfast: a mess or messy

Dunny: toilet

Durry: cigarette

Going off like a frog in a sock: Going mental.

Fair dinkum : true, genuine

Grouse (adj.) : great, terrific, very good

Flat out like a Lizard drinking, : flat out, busy

Ridgy-didge : original, genuine

Useful as an ashtray on a motorbike / tits on a bull : unhelpful or incompetent person or thing – “he, she or

Yobbo : an uncouth person

Yewy : u-turn in traffic (“chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights”)


Have you ever attended a Renaissance Faire?  Consider the participants, do they really belong in another time?  Do you?


Bring out your dead. Well kind of. Not an old piece. A piece read out from my neighbour.

Word of the week:

Bodgy: meaning of inferior quality

Our Competition details:



Where you can find us:

Damien: www.newbiewriters.com twitter: @newbiewriters google+: Newbie Writers

Catharine: www.yourbookstartshere.com twitter: @cbramkamp

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  • EditorProofer
    Posted on December 3, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Loved this episode, it had me laughing out loud!!

    I’ve lived all over Australia and have called swimming costumes:
    -swimmers (WA)
    -cozzies (NSW)
    -togs (QLD)

    When I first moved to Qld I had absolutely no idea was “togs” were!

  • Damien
    Posted on December 4, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I’m starting to feel like most of our language is slang here in Australia.

  • Amberr Meadows
    Posted on December 7, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I am going to start using “going off like a frog in a sock.” I think it’s hilarious!

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