My partner in Australia once challenged me to a slang smack down. Slang is the early indicator of word changes and language evolution. On many levels slang is academically interesting and worthy of serious study. For a writer and poet, slang can give your writing color and interest, but only in small doses.
But for Newbie Writers Podcast, we just wanted to be funny.
While Damien had a wealth of Australian slang at his disposal, indeed, I once listened to a young Aussie deliver a paragraph of instructions and I did not understand a word she said, I am from a slang free zone – Sonoma County. I was in big trouble.
And they did.
And I won the smack down.
Here are a few examples from our show – Newbie Writers Podcast – Episode 11
Catharine’s 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 – child
- Berko – angry
- Big bikkies – money
- On the Blower – telephone
- Bonzer – terrific
- Boofhead – idiot – football
- Chock a block or Chocker’s – full
- G’day Cobber – mate
- Crack-a-Coldie – beer
- Cozzie – bathing suits
- Daks – shorts or underpants
- Dero – tramp homeless
- Dog’s breakfast – messy
- Dunny – toilet, loo
- Durry -cirgarettes
- Fair dinkum – genuine
- Grouse (adj.) – terrific surfer speak
- Flat out like a Lizard drinking – busy
- Ridgy-didge – orignial
- Yobbo – uncouth person
So don’t be a boofhead, go hard, or go home.
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