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Know Your Lingo or How to Speak Aussie by Melanie Coles
When planning a trip to any foreign country, it’s important to have a basic grasp of the local dialect, even if the primary language is English. So, for those of you planning a trip Down Under (and let’s face it, after seeing how we breed ’em down here – ahem, Chris Hemsworth – why wouldn’t you?) I’ve put together this guide comparing some US terms to their Aussie counterparts, to ensure you can mix it with the locals.
Trunk – Boot
Your suitcases always go in the ‘boot’, unless you are travelling via zoo elephant, which is the only place you’ll find a trunk in Oz.
Pick-up truck – Ute
Outback boys will almost always get around town in a ‘Ute’, (short for Utility). Trucks are reserved for furniture removers, long-haul transportation or kids’ sandboxes.
Grill – Barbie
When your Aussie mate invites you around for a barbie, rest assured it’s nothing kinky or weird (no plastic blonde dolls in sight!). Instead, grab your six-pack of beer and head on over to enjoy an outdoor feast, cooked on the barbeque.
Drugstore – Pharmacy or Chemist
Asking an Aussie where the drugstore is will get you some very odd looks, and telling someone you need to buy drugs might land you in jail, especially if they are an undercover cop. Unless you’re a doctor, ‘drugs’ in Australia refers to illicit ones like cocaine or ice. So, if you need some aspirin for that nagging headache, ask someone to direct you to the nearest pharmacy or chemist. It’s much less risky.
Bathing suit – togs/budgie smugglers
When you hit the beach at Byron Bay or Bondi, be sure to wear your togs or budgie smugglers. If you’re swimming in a suit, you’ve probably had one-too-many beers at your mate’s wedding.
Thong – G-string
In Australia, a ‘thong’ refers to one half of a pair of flip-flops. Ladies, for your own comfort, be sure you don’t confuse the two.
Fanny – backside/butt/arse (ass)
Guys – referring to a woman’s fanny will earn you two tight slaps, as we use ‘fanny’ to describe her…ummm, front bottom. You’ve been warned.
Root – Barrack
Don’t ever, EVER ask an Aussie who they root for. It’s a slang word for having sex. Here, we barrack for our sports teams.
For more Aussie translations, you can check out Hollywood star Margot Robbie’s helpful YouTube tutorial here: http://bit.ly/2r3bjhw
Love Sabre Anthology
Genre Contemporary Anthology
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R (this story – G)
Leia Morgan helped Dan Oslo make his tech company a success only to be cheated out of her share. Years later, he’s one of the judges at an important tech competition, where Leia intends to redeem her reputation, and Dan intends to redeem himself.
Where to buy Love Sabre
Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/love-sabre
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Melanie has always loved stories. While most kids at school spent their lunchtimes climbing tyre walls or playing kiss-chasey, she could always be found in the library with either her nose in a book, a pen in her hand or her head in the clouds. She wrote countless stories throughout her school life, only to lose her mojo sometime after high school. Thankfully she rediscovered it in the dead of night some twenty years later. Now she juggles writing with family life and her job as an Executive Assistant. A hopeless romantic, she is addicted to chocolate and happy-ever-afters, cowboy stories, and *may* have an obsession with Jane Austen novels.
Melanie lives in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges in Melbourne, Australia with her musician husband, two sports-crazed sons, two guinea pigs, and a ginger cat named Jack.
Images Credit: Flip-flops by the author. Truck – Jeremy (Sydney, Australia, Ford Falcon XG GL Ute) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.