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Postby GhostWolfe » Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:44 am UTC

When I started playing WoW, I made friends with someone from the other side of the world. Most of us were Aussie, so we had no troubles using all sorts of "Aussie slang". My friend often whispered me to find out what things meant.

The funniest one that stuck in my mind was in a large raid, after wiping a few times, someone announced that this time we were definitely going to kill the boss.

One of the Aussies replied "Bloody oath!"

To which my friend said: it's not an oath, we're definitely going to do it this time.

Does anyone else have funny stories about mis-understood slang?
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Postby ArchangelShrike » Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:52 am UTC

What does oath mean in Aussie slang, by the way?

In Hawaii we use da kine for everything. It can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and a sentence at the same time. Sometimes even a cookie, but you wouldn't want to eat it.

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Postby DonChubby » Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:53 am UTC

That's crazy talk, crazy talk I tell ya!

I have nothing to contribute so I'll say but one thing:
End communication.
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Postby ArchangelShrike » Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:55 am UTC

But da kine, da kine da kine with da kine for da kine, you know da kine.

Got it?

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Postby DonChubby » Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:57 am UTC

Of course, who wouldn't understand that?
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Postby ArchangelShrike » Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:58 am UTC

Well da kine no can da kine, but otherwise no one.

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Postby DonChubby » Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:59 am UTC

I though that was a given.
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Postby CitizenErased » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:19 am UTC

I met an American girl a couple of years ago while she was touring down here, she would carry a small notepad around just to write down all the aussie slang just so she could understand what the hell we were talking about :)

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Postby joeframbach » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:25 am UTC

Slightly off-topic: It blew my mind the first time I found out what a "Lorry" was.

Who'd'a thunk it?

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Postby DonChubby » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:27 am UTC

joeframbach wrote:Slightly off-topic: It blew my mind the first time I found out what a "Lorry" was.

Who'd'a thunk it?

I'd say "boot" is more surprising.
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Postby Blatm » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:29 am UTC

ArchangelShrike wrote:But da kine, da kine da kine with da kine for da kine, you know da kine.

Got it?


That makes me think of the smurfs.

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Postby niko7865 » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:34 am UTC

for the people from Hawaii

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Postby Nyarlathotep » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:36 am UTC

ArchangelShrike wrote:What does oath mean in Aussie slang, by the way?

In Hawaii we use da kine for everything. It can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and a sentence at the same time. Sometimes even a cookie, but you wouldn't want to eat it.


I saw that on a bumper sticker whilst I was there. What's it mean, anyway?
'Gehȳrst þū, sǣlida, hwæt þis folc segeð?
hī willað ēow tō gafole gāras syllan,
ǣttrynne ord and ealde swurd,
þā heregeatu þe ēow æt hilde ne dēah.

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Postby hermaj » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:40 am UTC

CitizenErased wrote:I met an American girl a couple of years ago while she was touring down here, she would carry a small notepad around just to write down all the aussie slang just so she could understand what the hell we were talking about :)


The next thing I did after joining the forums was buy some Australian slang dictionaries so I could explain myself to people. :P

"Pretty ordinary", "a bit average", etc... that's probably my favourite. One night Gordon was complaining about something at his work to me, and I told him that was all a bit ordinary. And he was like "Yeah, I know it happens a lot, but..." It's also my favourite because it goes so brilliantly with "not half bad". Examples!

If you came to me and told me your dog died, you broke your leg, your girl left you and you can't even afford to get a taxi home, I would tell you that was all pretty ordinary.

If you came to me and you'd won a million dollars, a cruise around the world and the Nobel Peace Prize, I would tell you that you weren't doing half bad.



Also: I hope your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny down. :D

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Postby CitizenErased » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:43 am UTC

Bloody Oath = Fuck Yeah! just slightly more toned down

can any non aussies out there tell me what a budgie smuggler is? (no googling!)

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Postby ArchangelShrike » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:44 am UTC

Da kine is a placeholder, developed from pidgin. You know, the slang language developed when large numbers of immigrants congregate in a small area of the world, with all languages being used for some words.

But I said,
ArchangelShrike wrote:But da kine, da kine da kine with da kine for da kine, you know da kine.


Which can mean:
Nyarlathotep, Belial's choking with a thigh bone for you, you know Belial.

or:

Trillian, Ford Prefect's really a froody guy with a towel, you know when he has that towel.

Some of the best is Jamaican impression slang, when someone intentionally puts the words backwords:

Damn, I can't think of any good ones right now.

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Postby joeframbach » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:44 am UTC

hermaj wrote:Also: I hope your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny down. :D
Dunny = Port-a-Potty? WTF?

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Postby Castaway » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:49 am UTC

Fuck, I know a song that has the word Lorry in it, but i cannot remember it for the life of me. This will drive me crazy.
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Postby pollywog » Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:19 am UTC

CitizenErased wrote:Bloody Oath = Fuck Yeah! just slightly more toned down

can any non aussies out there tell me what a budgie smuggler is? (no googling!)


A budgie smuggler is a piece of formal Australian clothing, usually worn when meeting elderly relatives, at weddings and funerals, or at important work functions. It can be worn on it's own, or combined with traditional footwear known as "thongs" or "flipflops".
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Postby CitizenErased » Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:28 am UTC

pollywog wrote:A budgie smuggler is a piece of formal Australian clothing, usually worn when meeting elderly relatives, at weddings and funerals, or at important work functions. It can be worn on it's own, or combined with traditional footwear known as "thongs" or "flipflops".


You forgot to add that they are only worn by lifesavers or by people who REALLY, REALLY, REALLY have no business to be wearing them :wink:

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Postby Vandole » Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:34 am UTC

Well you could've just said it was a speedo. (I just realized that's a brand name, so hardly anyone outside of Canada / the US would know it)

I can't think of any slang I have that's particular to Canada. I do have intornets slang; I tend to randomly mispronounce words on purpose and say "poon" and "nub" a lot. (pwn and noob, I just like mispronouncing noob)
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Postby SpitValve » Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:42 am UTC

"sweet as" has been mishead as "sweet ass" which is potentially embarrassing.

Everybody reckons we say "yis" and "pin" instead of "yes" and "pen". Even Thai people.

People laugh at us saying "jandals" and "togs" instead of "thongs" and "cozzies" and so on.

I think in Hawaii jandals/thongs/flip-flops are "slippers" ? I summon an angel from heaven to confirm this!

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Postby ArchangelShrike » Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:55 am UTC

Minor Miracle: Flip-Flops/whatever are called "slippers" because you "slip" them on your feet! Style came from Japanese "zori," not Western cultures, and look much like zori. Also called "slippahs" or "slippas" because of local pidgin.

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Postby pollywog » Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:55 am UTC

To all the Aussies and Kiwis out there:

Who would like to say "fish and chips" for us? I was originally skeptical of the difference, but in Australian, it's a totally different sound. Way too high pitched and squawky.
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Postby iw » Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:57 am UTC

ArchangelShrike wrote:What does oath mean in Aussie slang, by the way?

"Swearing" is short for "swearing an oath". Are Aussies confused by the (hickish) American "cuss"?

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Postby crazyjimbo » Fri Jun 22, 2007 4:11 am UTC

'I'm gan doon the boozer to get badgered/sloshed/pished/wankered/smegged/lashed an I'll stop by the chippie on the way back hame.'

All the slang I can think of revolves around being drunk :?

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Postby Twasbrillig » Fri Jun 22, 2007 4:25 am UTC

DonChubby wrote:That's crazy talk, crazy talk I tell ya!


That isn't crazy talk, THIS IS CRAZY TALK:

lkaethjlkaethlaksnflantrjaehtuanfeqhqoewfsdlanf
I want to have Bakemaster's babies. It's possible, with science.

I wonder if you can see...
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Postby SpitValve » Fri Jun 22, 2007 4:47 am UTC

Twasbrillig wrote:
DonChubby wrote:That's crazy talk, crazy talk I tell ya!


That isn't crazy talk, THIS IS CRAZY TALK:

lkaethjlkaethlaksnflantrjaehtuanfeqhqoewfsdlanf


Crazy talk? THIS IS SPARTAA!

If you go find the Post Your Voice thread you will find many recordings of aussies, kiwis and whoever else saying a great many things.

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ArchangelShrike wrote:Minor Miracle: Flip-Flops/whatever are called "slippers" because you "slip" them on your feet! Style came from Japanese "zori," not Western cultures, and look much like zori. Also called "slippahs" or "slippas" because of local pidgin.

One bull sacrifice please.


You are allowed to eat a steak next time you're in New Zealand.

Apparently, we claim the invention of the modern rubber jandal. (not the traditional Japanese one of course).

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Postby pollywog » Fri Jun 22, 2007 4:54 am UTC

Jandal is actually a portmanteau of Japanese and sandal. They were invented when a Kiwi saw Japanese athletes at the Olympics wearing very peculiar shoes, and thought "Hey, I could make that out of rubber" (Haven't we all?).

They're also very useful for cleaning a belt sander.
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Postby hermaj » Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:14 am UTC

joeframbach wrote:
hermaj wrote:Also: I hope your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny down. :D
Dunny = Port-a-Potty? WTF?


A dunny is a toilet. Just, they used to all be outside. Outhouses! You know. (Maybe you don't.)

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Postby __Kit » Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:38 am UTC

Aussie slang is evil!
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Postby hermaj » Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:54 am UTC

pollywog wrote:To all the Aussies and Kiwis out there:

Who would like to say "fish and chips" for us? I was originally skeptical of the difference, but in Australian, it's a totally different sound. Way too high pitched and squawky.


!!

Squawky?!

You guys sound like there's something squishy stuck in the back of your throats that you are trying to talk around! :P Example, fish and chips is spelt phonetically for us. You are all "Wull we be havung fush und chups thun?"

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Postby Princess Marzipan » Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:55 am UTC

There was an SNL skit way back about a phone sex line featuring Aussie women.

They were all "Ooh, yea, do right, do right! Good on ya! Do right! GOOD ON YA!
The men depicted as having called were quite confused and not really aroused.
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Postby CitizenErased » Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:04 am UTC

hermaj wrote:You are all "Wull we be havung fush und chups thun?"


Choice bro

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Postby __Kit » Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:14 am UTC

hermaj wrote:
pollywog wrote:To all the Aussies and Kiwis out there:

Who would like to say "fish and chips" for us? I was originally skeptical of the difference, but in Australian, it's a totally different sound. Way too high pitched and squawky.


!!

Squawky?!

You guys sound like there's something squishy stuck in the back of your throats that you are trying to talk around! :P Example, fish and chips is spelt phonetically for us. You are all "Wull we be havung fush und chups thun?"


It all relative, neither of us is wrong, to us it sound like you say FEsh en CHEps!
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Postby ArchangelShrike » Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:33 am UTC

Poll: Soda or Pop?

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Postby SpitValve » Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:02 am UTC

ArchangelShrike wrote:Poll: Soda or Pop?


Both sound cheesy and American :) And I'm not entirely sure what they refer to.

We have icecream soda (also known as "spiders") but otherwise, it's just lemonade, coke, fanta, L&P, or in general, "soft drink" or "fizzy drinks".

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Postby ArchangelShrike » Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:08 am UTC

Soda (hah!) refers to carbonated drinks, generally. Like your Pepsi, Sprite, Coke, 7-Up, root beer, cream soda, Dr. Pepper, nasty Coke flavors, etc. And fizzy drinks reminds me of Star Wars :) , although we do say soft drinks.

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Postby Marbas » Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:08 am UTC

ArchangelShrike wrote:Poll: Soda or Pop?

Carbonated Beverage.

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Postby liza » Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:10 am UTC

Vandole wrote:I can't think of any slang I have that's particular to Canada.


Only ones I can think of: loonie, toonie, chesterfield, toque, rubbers, and 'zed' for Z. Courtesy of Canadian friend. Mostly non-slang but rather definite names for nouns that just appear in Canadian far more often.

Are Americans the only ones who pronounce Z as 'zee'?

Oh, and poutine. I'm pretty sure poutine is unique to Canadians.

Oh, and as a West-Coaster, I say, in order of frequency:
1. Pop
2. Soda-pop
3. Soft drinks.
I almost never say just soda or 'fizzy drinks' :D
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