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Aussie Local Lingo and Slang used sometimes
in Darwin, Northern Territory Australia

There is some unconventional english in our local dialect around Darwin. As the miners, chaps from the cattle stations or oil rigs come to town to relax you may hear it a bit stronger. Here we suggest a few sayings or words you may encounter on your stay in Darwin.

Now as a word or saying may have a few variances in meaning we suggest you not use it though just know what it usually means so you can have a laugh when you hear it.

You will note Australian's love humour and many offer sarcasm in jest. We often make a witty remark in the most dire of circumstances. Such as a cyclone is about to come your way and your mate say's 'Blimey mate better stock up on the beer'. True the last Cyclone 'Monica' that came through this general area - I was at Northlakes Shopping Centre the day before and I saw many trolley's full of beer coming out and being loaded on utes with a dog at the back - You just had to laugh. "Only in Darwin'.

As Darwin now has a large number of folks moving here from south our langauge has mellowed over the last 20 years since i have been here. As you venture into the outback it becomes much more noticable. Also I noticed that lingo meaning can vary between the states in Australia

The other interesting aspect of the way we speak is some of us speak very quickly and the further you go into the outback we often tend to draw out our words. The reason we tend to speak quickly that was offered to me when I first arrived in Darwin was that it gave you more time to drink. (That's Darwin). Interesting note we now comsume wine and spirit's nearly as much as we do beer. Note: The author doesn't drink and yes he is a true Darwinian.

Another interesting aspect of Darwin is the dogs. They live like kings and everyone seems to have 1-2. A typical scene at 5.30 pm on a Friday is a ute (4WD with a tray back) towing a tinnie (smaller fishing boat) and a dog in the front passenger seat with it's head out the window gulping at the fresh air on Stuart Highway.

Our panel of expert's as you can gather are our old timer's. You can imagine the conversations as they all spoke in slang only. If we have missed any please email us at Email us.
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Why not have a look our lingo/slang if your visiting from overseas it's fun.

We don't suggest you use it unless your with locals who are friends as the sayings may sometimes a few different types of meaning.

Heaps Lot's of something
Ged Hey Hello - To reply just say 'Hi - how are you'
How's it hangin Cheeky way of saying hello - To reply just say just say 'Ok how are you'
How's it goin Hello - To reply just say just say 'Ok thanks how are you'
I reckon I feel I think
See ya later Goodbye and we will see each other again
See you round We will meet again
Catch up We will meet again
Cheerio Goodbye, "see ya later"!
In a blue moon Once in a while
Just joshin Just kidding or just joking
Lingo Language
Mate A name for anyone man you meet, or if you can't remember someone's name, or an expression of affection amongst male or female friends
Hava gander at To have a glimspe at something
You Beaut Congradulations or Looks good (actually it can means a few things)
True blue Genuinely Australian
Blimey Actually I counted many areas this could be use in - most relevant is here we would so Blimey mate (meaning your enforcing what your going to say)
WORDS WE CUT IN HALF AND ADD 'ie' TOO
If you look at a lot of lingo we tend to cut the word in half and just add 'ie'. Tinnie, Biccie, Breakie, Barbie - the reason yep cut the word down so there's more time to drink they said. You have to laugh. Here are some of the 100's we use daily
Aussie An Australian
Barbie Barbecue, the backyard barbie is an Australian institution - a grill fueled by charcol or gas
Saltie Crocodile
Cockie Cockroach
Mozzie Mosquito
Cockie Cockatoo
Tinnie Approx. 14 foot steel or aluminium boat with an outboard motor for fishing
Crappie Not pleasent
Bikkie Biscuit
Brekkie Breakfast
Crikie This can be a sign of amazement or sign of disapproval- again depends on the situation and body language of the person saying it.
Cozzies Swimming gear
Cushie To have it easy
Big bikkies Ample money
Pokie Poker machines, slot or fruit machines

Pollie

Politician
Pozzie Position or seat
Scratchie Instant lottery ticket
Sickie Paid day off work, usually not due to illness
Chuck a sickie Paid day off work, usually not due to illness
Our Affection With Weather
Gone Troppo Used in the 1940's till 1980's. Mainly refering to certain folks in Darwin that were affected by the humidty buildup between November and January. Now days we have airconditioning everywhere so no such problem.
Goin round the bend Mainly refering to certain folks in Darwin that were affected by the humidty buildup between November and January. Now days we have airconditioning everywhere so no such problem.
P*&^%$ Down Mean's raining heavily. Oh when you hear P*&^%$ you will know what we mean.
Raining Buckets Mean's raining heavily.
Raining Cats and Dogs Mean's raining heavily.
Belting down Mean's raining heavily.
Our Affection With Tomato Sauce
Fair suck of the sauce bottle To recieve a fair go
Dead Horse Tomota Sauce
Money
Scrapnel Coins
Loss Change Coins
$20 Note Redback
>>>>> Very rarely used -have only heard it on a few occassions- mainly in the 60's in the deep bush when decimal currency was introduced.I actually haven't heard it used since the early 70's myself
$10 Note Whaler - A it was blue in colour
>>>>> Very rarely used -have only heard it on a few occassions- mainly in the 60's in the deep bush when decimal currency was introduced. I actually haven't heard it used since the early 70's myself
$5 Note Pink Lady - As it had a picture of the Queen one it
>>>>> Very rarely used -have only heard it on a few occassions- mainly in the 60's in the deep bush when decimal currency was introduced. I actually haven't heard it used since the early 70's myself
Drinking
Grog Alcohol
Darwin Stubby A one litre bottle of beer made famous as the largest beer bottle in the world. Now days it's purchase as gifts and souvenirs
Coldie Bottle or can of beer
Shandy This is a beer and lemonade mixed
Anzac Shandy This is a beer and champagne mixed
Your Shout Meaning it's your turn to buy the drinks
Your round Meaning it's your turn to buy the drinks
Slab A Carton of beer
Tinnie One can of beer
Greenie One can of Victoria Bitter
Dodgie Not approving of or unsure of a someone or a situation or product.
One for the road Supposedly last drink - but in reality expect another 2-3 more after this.
Amber Nectar Beer
TIME
Arvo Afternoon
Half Past 30 minutes past the hour
FOOD
Dig In Begin Eating
Chow Time Time to eat
Luncho Lunch time
Tea This can mean dinner time around 6pm
Smoko A break from work inbetween breakfast, lunch or dinner
On the nose Smelly food usually
LOCATIONS
Back of Bourke Used to describe anywhere far away, also a far Northern NSW town in the Outback.
Black Stump Very remote
Big smoke The city
Billabong Waterhole
Woop Woop Back of beyond or the middle of nowhere
THINGS - PRODUCTS
Idiot box Television
Akubra Brand of typical Aussie hat
Didgeridoo Aboriginal musical instrument made from a hollowed log
Boomerang Aboriginal weapon made from a curved piece of wood which returns when thrown in the air
Tinnie Approx. 14 foot steel or aluminium boat with an outboard motor for fishing
Ute Utility van or 4WD Car with tray top
Scratchie Instant lottery ticket
Long Drop Toilet - with a deep hole in the ground
Thunderbox Toilet
Dunny Toilet
Crapper Toilet
Loo Toilet
WHEN THINGS ARE GOOD OR APPROVALS
Onya Good for you
Cool Bananas Everything's great
On Yah A sound of approval
You little bewdy I think you're or it's great
You little ripper I think you're or it's great
Bonza A sound of approval ie his a Bonza Bloke - good fellow
On Yah China A compliment of types
Come here China Come here mate- China was an affectionate name for a good bloke or worker or mate.
On Yah bro A compliment of types
Rightie Oh A sound of approval
You bet A sound of approval
Crikie This can be a sign of amazement or sign of disapproval- again depends on the situation and body language of the person saying it.
Razzle Dazzle me Impress me
Good Looka Attractive
Good Sort Attractive
Ripper Approval
Dinkum Orginally - Old england too work hard - now if you add 'Fair to Dinkum" it can mean is it true what your saying
Bloody oath In total agreement with you
Crash hot The best
Cushie To have it easy
Ridgy-didge Genuine or honest
WHEN THINGS ARE NOT GOOD
Any quotes of a unappropiate nature were not included....there are quite a few
Whinge Too Complain
Muck-Up To make a mess of something
Lets Blue To request a fight
Got the Blues When your feeling bad
Bollocks Disapproval
Browned off Upset at someone or something
Bugger Upset at something
Buzz off Leave me alone
U wana blue To request a fight
Fair go mate Sometimes indicates the other person may be upset at something
For sure Can be approval or disapproval - You just have to at the person and read the body langauge
It's curtains for you Your in trouble (Terry F. our friends say's it's venetian blinds for everyone.)
Crappie Not pleasant
Crikie This can be a sign of amazement or sign of disapproval- again depends on the situation and body language of the person saying it.
Fair Go Mate Indicating your disapproval
Mate don't cross me Don't upset or trick me
Don't get in me road Don't upset me and get out of my way
Damme Disapproval
Dickey On the blink- works sometimes
Not On Your Life You will never do something
Loose your nuts A sexual conitation about if you don't do something right there will be consequences
'Ava go ya mug Can mean to fight or to try something
Barney Arguement or fight
Bingle Car accident
Cop out Give up or in
Spit the dummy Uncontrollably upset
Strewth I don't believe it
Strife Trouble
Troppo Slighty mad or from being in the sun too long
Zonked Exhausted
Dead as a door nail Really dead
Kicked the bucket Died
Nose out of joint Upset at something or some one
He went out sideways Died unusual death
SHOPPING OR FOOD
Hang On A Minute

To wait

Ahhhhhhhh - Now best in Darwin to wait your turn. It may seem on the rare occassion some staff in front of you don't care and are too busy on the phone talking about tonight's dinner or chatting to someone about their brothers aunties sisters cousins daughters husband's next door neighbours xmas party. If you patiently wait your turn they will spend dedicated time with you. This is Tropical Darwin - so relax and enjoy it's quaint ways!!!!

(David A. this is decidated to your experience in Darwin hahaha)

Brouse To look only not buy
Lets Go Dutch Share the bill
Do A Runner Not pay the bill and escape
Being Fleeced Means the shopper is taking advantage of you
Barbie Barbecue, the backyard barbie is an Australian institution - a grill fueled by charcol or gas
BBQ Barbecue, the backyard barbie is an Australian institution - a grill fueled by charcol or gas
Snag Sausage
Big bikkies Ample money
Billy Tin used to boil water for tea, in the bush
Bikkie Biscuit
Brekky Breakfast
Chuck To throw up, or be sick
Cozzies Swimming gear
Esky Australian - famous - Insulated cooler box
PEOPLE - ANIMALS
Aussie An Australian
Kid Child
Carpet Muncher A cute kid or it can be an annoying littl child crawling around mischiefly on the carpet.
Bloke Man
Bro Man
Digger Man
Chick Woman
Skirt Woman
Shela An affectionate term for a woman
Old Fossil Geriatric an old person
Bumkin Country Chap - Not worldly
Scrubs up well Implying a person can look great when they put on decent clothes
Blow-in A newcomer
Blue Heeler Term for an Australian Cattle Dog
Blue or Bluey A redheaded person
Brumby A wild horse
Grapevine Word of mouth
Bush Telegraph Word of mouth
Cockie Cockroach
Mozzie Mosquito
Cockie Cockatoo
Croc Crocodile
Saltie Crocodile
Croweater Person from South Australia (state)
Mexican Person from Victoria (state) - Bill's Reminising!!! He calls them mudlarks
South of the border Person from Victoria (state)
Banana Bender Person from Queensland (state)
Cornstalk Bill's Reminising!!! New South Wales folks - called that by old locals
Territorians Bill's Reminising!!! Known as whiteants
Sandgroper Bill's Reminising!!! People from Western Australia
Apple Eaters Bill's Reminising!!! People from Tasmania
Tassie Tasmania
Cuppa Cup of tea
I''m Bushed I'm Tired
Roo Kangaroo
Folks we have purposely ommitted all the sexual connotations here as this is a tourism site
WORK
Call It A Day To stop work
Contraption Usual said by an older person refering to an old piece or new of electronics or machinery they don't understand
Dinkum Orginally - Old england too work hard - now if you add 'Fair to Dinkum" it can mean is it true what your saying
Jackaroo A male cattle station worker on bike or horseback
Jillaroo A female cattle station worker on bike or horseback
Bludger Sponger borrows and never pays back
Bust a gut Work hard
Slog It out Work hard to the end
Yakka Hard work
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