Slang is what? When do you use slang, exactly?


Slang mean and when use

Slang is described as “unconventional words or phrases that express either something new or something old in a new way” by the Encyclopaedia Britannicaexternal icon. It is irreverent, flippant, and impolite; it could even be lewd or obscene. a little bit perplexing, yes? The very informal language or particular terms used by a group of individuals are hence how we describe slang. Slang is typically used in spoken language. Additionally, you can find it on social media or in SMS. Slang is not permitted in official writing, though.

When you study English, you are shown how to use ‘correct’ English in your writing and speaking. Some refer to this as “BBC English” or “Queen’s English.” Then, when you visit a country where the language is spoken, you can encounter words you’ve never heard before.

When used correctly (and in the right context), slang can help non-native English speakers sound more natural in their speech. Additionally, it might demonstrate your command of social English. For instance, it’s okay to use slang with your mates (friends). However, if the dialogue is more professional, you should probably refrain from using slang terms.

Therefore, make an effort to accurately employ slang, just like a native speaker. It sounds weird and may indicate that you don’t grasp the language if you use it improperly or out of context. Here are the top 100 slang terms and expressions used in Australia.

Slang for Australia: 100 Words & Phrases

Aussie slang word/phrase Meaning
A Cold One Beer
Arvo Afternoon
Aussie Salute Wave to scare the flies
Avo Avocado
Bail To cancel plans
Barbie Barbecue
Bathers Swimsuit
Beauty Great!
Billabong A pond in a dry riverbed
Billy Teapot (in the outback on the fire)
Bloody Very
Bloody oath Yes! Or “That’s very true”
Bludger Someone who’s lazy
Bogan Someone who’s not very sophisticated
Booze Bus Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers
Bottle-O Liquor shop: a place to buy alcohol
Brekky Breakfast
Brolly Umbrella
Budgie Smugglers Speedos
Bush “Out in the bush” or away from civilisation
Choc A Bloc Full
Biccy Biscuit
Chook Chicken
Chrissie Christmas
Cobber Very good friend
Coldie Beer
Coppers Policemen
Crikey an expression of surprise
Crook Being ill (I’m crook); a criminal (he’s a crook)
Dag Someone who’s a bit of a nerd or geek
Daks Trousers
Deadset That’s true, or true!
Defo Definitely
Devo Devastated
Drongo a Fool, ‘Don’t be a drongo mate’
Dunny Toilet
Durry Cigarette
Esky An insulated container that keeps things cold
Facey Facebook
Fair Dinkum Honestly? Or, Yes honestly!
Flannie / Flanno flannelette shirt
Flat out Really busy
Footy Football (AFL / Aussie Rules)
G’day Hello
Galah Not being bright, also a stupid person
Gnarly Awesome
Going off Busy, lots of people
Good On Ya Good work
Goon Wine in a box
Hard yakka Hard work
Heaps Loads, lots, many
Hoon Hooligan or a very bad driver
Iffy Bit risky or unreasonable
Knickers Female underwear
Lappy Laptop
Larrikin Someone who’s always up for a laugh
Lollies Sweets
Maccas McDonalds
Manchester Sheets / Linen etc
Mate Friend
Mozzie Mosquito
No Drama No problem / it’s ok
No Worries No problem / it’s ok
No Wucka’s A truly Aussie way to say ‘no worries’
Outback The interior of Australia. Even more remote than “the bush”
Pash To kiss
Pissed Off An offensive/vulgar way of saying you are very annoyed
Piss Up A party, a get together and in Australia
Pissed Intoxicated, Drunk
Piss Off An offensive way to tell someone to go away or get lost.
Rack Off The less offensive way to tell someone to go away or get lost.
Reckon For sure
Rellie / Rello Relatives
Ripper ‘You little ripper’ = That’s fantastic!
Rooted Tired or Broken
Runners Trainers, Sneakers
Sanger Sandwich
Servo Service Station / Garage
Sheila A woman
Sick Awesome; ‘that’s really sick mate’
Sickie A sick day off work
Slab A carton of beers
Snag Sausage
Stoked Happy, Pleased
Straya Australia
Stubby A bottle of beer
Stuffed Tired
Sunnies Sunglasses
Swag Single bed you can roll up, a bit like a sleeping bag
Tea Dinner
Tinny Can of beer or small boat
Thongs Flip Flops
True Blue Genuinely Australian
Tucker Food
Two Up A gambling game played on Anzac day
U-IE To take a U-Turn when driving
Up yourself Stuck up
Woop Woop Middle of nowhere “he lives out woop woop”
Ya You

Australian slang being used in a phrase

You’ll be well on your way to understanding your Australian friends once you’ve read the list of the most popular Australian slang phrases, or “true-blue Aussie slang.” Check out the following samples if you want to know how to use slang correctly.

What does the phrase “No worries” mean?

‘No concerns’ is one of the most well-known Australian slang expressions, so let’s start there. It is purported to be Australia’s national anthem. It’s okay or don’t worry about it, according to this expression. Additionally, it denotes “sure thing” and “you’re welcome.” So, if you run into someone on the subway and apologize, they might say “no worries,” which means “it’s all right.” Just remember that the term “no worry” is not used in English.

What distinguishes “Bush”, “Outback” and “Woop Woop”?

Australia is enormous. And by big, we mean that it is the sixth-largest nation on earth. However, the majority of Australians reside around the coast. In cities like Sydney and Melbourne, which are located on the eastern and southern coasts, more than 85% of Australia’s 25 million people reside. When people talk about the “outback,” they’re referring to the vast, sparsely populated/uninhabited territory in the middle of the Australian continent. What distinguishes the “bush” from the “outback” then? The distinction between the outback and the bush is that the outback is often Australia’s most isolated and desolate regions. The bush is in the opposite direction of the city, toward the outback. Typically, it’s a place with natural plants, undergrowth, and forests. You would then travel by car into the country and outback from the city. That’s clear? How about “woop woop” now? When you say “he lives out woop woop,” you are referring to his location, which is typically far distant and remote.

Alcoholic beverages: from a “coldie” to the “booze bus”

There are a few slang terms and expressions related to consuming alcohol on the list of 100 Australian slang words and phrases. Now you know what Australians mean when they say, “Let’s grab a slab from the bottle-o later.” A “slab” is a container, typically a box, of beer. This is available from a liquor store, sometimes known as a bottle shop or “bottle-o” by Australians. Be cautious not to consume alcohol and operate a motor vehicle. You don’t want to get pulled over by a Booze vehicle, a specially constructed police vehicle used to look for drunk drivers on the road since Australian police are particularly severe about it.

Genuine Australians on Straya Day

Australia has a lengthy past that goes back about 65,000 years. Every year on January 26, Australians observe Straya Day (Straya is the abbreviation for Australia because many Australians pronounce Australia this way). Australia Day is the country’s official holiday, on which we honor all the things we cherish about it, including our people in particular but also the land, our way of life, our democracy, and our sense of fair play. On Straya Day, the majority of people gather with their friends or relos to cook traditional Aussie food—snags on the barbecue. Confused? Let’s look at that phrase: Most people gather with their family or friends on Australia Day to cook a traditional Australian dish—sausages on a barbecue.

Slang terms used abroad

The top 100 Australian slang words and phrases are displayed for you. What about globally popular slang terms, though? Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, and even non-English speaking nations utilize some of these new international slang terms.

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Over time, slang words and phrases evolveexternal symbol. Some disappear because their use has been discontinued. Others aren’t used since individuals switch to an other slang term. Slang phrases can occasionally become so ubiquitous that they are incorporated into formal language. Thus, language develops and changes over time in that manner. The dictionary is expanded with new terms. New ones appear while the old ones vanish. What new slang phrases might we expect in 2019 and 2020? Let’s investigate them.

Idioms and jargon are acceptable in the IELTS Writing and Speaking tests.

It is intended that the IELTS Speaking test would simulate a typical conversation between two people. Delicate wording should therefore be avoided. For instance, you wouldn’t typically use the words “furthermore” or “moreover” in casual chats. You should usually avoid using language that is too informal, though. If you tell your examiner, “My friend threw me some shade,” he or she might not grasp what you mean. Some language is probably too informal.

If you demonstrate the ability to employ idiomatic terms well, you can obtain a higher IELTS band score. However, you should probably stick to widely used idioms. With our Idioms A-Z, we’ve included a few lists that can be useful: Explained.

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