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Aussie word differences

Hello there!

The return to teaching has put photo posting on hold for a bit, but I did want to check in and say hello.  While I was in Australia last month, I kept a list of words and phrases that I noticed as being different from the way we talk in the U.S.  I’ve already forgotten what a few of them mean.  I thought it might be fun to share the list here.  Feel free to correct any mistakes or add to the list in the comments section!

  1. Running writing- cursive
  2. Excursion – Field trip
  3. Maths- Math
  4. Lego- Legos
  5. Overtake- Pass
  6. That’s ok- You’re welcome
  7. Wally- Waldo
  8. Baddies, meanies, goodies- Bad guys, good guys
  9. Wind screen- Windshield
  10. Jumper- Sweater/sweatshirt
  11. Dummy- Pacifier
  12. Cot- Crib
  13. Pram- Stroller
  14. Nappies- Diapers
  15. Duna- Comforter
  16. Dobbing- Tattling
  17. Whinge- Whine
  18. Slice- Cookie bars
  19. Tick- Check mark
  20. Made redundant- Layed-off
  21. Postie- Postal worker
  22. Sook- ?
  23. Packing up- Putting away
  24. Drink driving- Drunk driving
  25. Needles- Vaccines
  26. Capsules- Infant Carseats
  27. Good on you- Good job
  28. Windy- Gassy
  29. Arvo- Afternoon
  30. Brekky- Breakfast
  31. Cuppa- Cup of tea
  32. Bin- Trash can
  33. Textas- Markers
  34. Yabbies- ?
  35. Love heart- Heart
  36. Macca’s- McDonald’s
  37. Capsicum- Peppers
  38. Vegemite- really strong flavored yeast spread
  39. Pavlova- Delicious meringue dessert
  40. Prawn- shrimp
  41. Chuck a sickie- Take a sick day
  42. Sunnies- Sunglasses
  43. Caravan park- Trailer park
  44. Suss- ?
  45. Shouted- ?
  46. Bush-walking- Hiking
  47. Sultanas- Raisins
  48. Fringe- Bangs
  49. Scrum- Rugby huddle
  50. Try- Rugby touchdown
  51. Piggy in the middle- Monkey in the middle
  52. PowerPoint- Electrical outlet
  53. How you going?- How are you?
  54. Physio- Physical Therapist
  55. Torch- Flashlight
  56. Salvos- Salvation Army
  57. A lead- Leash
  58. Health cover- Health insurance
  59. Barrack- Cheer for
  60. Fairy floss- Cotton candy
  61. Hundreds and thousands- Sprinkles
  62. Fairy bread- bread, butter, & sprinkles
  63. Uni- University
  64. Infants- Primary grades
  65. Supper- Tea
  66. Footpaths- Sidewalks
  67. H (pronounced hache)- H (pronounced a-ch)
  68. Pokies- Gambling game
  69. Cruzy- ?
  70. Plaits- braids
  71. Zed- Z
  72. Serviettes- Napkins
  73. Kindie- Kindergarten
  74. Singlet- Undershirt
  75. Petrol- Gas
  76. Toilet- Bathroom
  77. Lounge room- Living room
  78. Coriander- Cilantro
  79. Hire- Rent
  80. Caught out- ?
  81. Boot- Trunk
  82. Tip- Tag
  83. Indicator/ blinker- Turn signal
  84. Pegs- ?
  85. Telly- TV
  86. Ta- Thank you
  87. G’day- Hi

And here are some words they use more often than we do:

  • Swap
  • Heaps
  • Nearly
  • Keen
  • Whilst
  • Sorted
  • Muck it up
  • As
  • Gorgeous
  • Cheeky

UPDATE:

After posting this the first time, my sister filled in some of the holes I left.

Sook – wimp
Suss – figure (as in suss it out)
Yabbies – crayfish/crabs
Shout – pay for (as in “my shout”)
Crusie – easy
Pegs – clothes pins

And because no post is complete without a photo- here’s a throw-back photo that I rediscovered from my trip to Australia three years ago.  It was taken at a park in Toowoomba.

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I have lots of amazing photos to post in the next few weeks.  Stop by again soon!


The Blue Mountains, Australia

On Wednesday the whole crew (my sister and brother-in-law, their kids, my brother and sister-in-law, and I) went to the Blue Mountains, located west of Sydney.  It was a gorgeous day and the kids did great!  We had a morning tea picnic before hiking down for a view of Wentworth Falls.  Then we had a delicious lunch, play in a park in Leura, and we made it to Echo Point just in time to see the sunset on The Three Sisters formation.  Enjoy the photos!

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Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls

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The quaint little town of Leura where we stopped for lunch.

The quaint little town of Leura where we stopped for lunch.

The Three Sisters at Echo Point

The Three Sisters at Echo Point

The Three Sisters at Echo Point

The Three Sisters at Echo Point- proof that we weren’t the only ones there.

Echo Point

Echo Point

Not sure what kind of bird those are...

Not sure what kind of bird those are…

Echo Point

Echo Point

Loved seeing The Three Sisters at sunset!

Loved seeing The Three Sisters at sunset!

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Three Sisters with the Three Sisters!  :)

Three Sisters with the Three Sisters! 🙂

Three siblings with the Three Sisters

Three siblings with the Three Sisters

And finally, the whole crew at Echo Point

And finally, the whole crew at Echo Point


Australia- Part 3

A view of Sydney from a lookout near Balmoral Beach

Another view of Sydney

The perfect spot for some fish and chips at Balmoral Beach

Balmoral Beach

Balmoral Beach

Taking the ferry past the Sydney Opera House (sadly, it was a cloudy day)

Another angle of the Sydney Opera House


Australia- Part 2

So there will be more than my originally intentioned two part post on Australia, considering the fact that I spent four weeks there. 🙂  I apologize for the plethora of photos, but it was just so beautiful that I can’t resist sharing.  Here is part 2, with pictures taken on my mom’s cousin’s farm near Toowoomba and the trip back to Sydney in June and July, 2011.

Evening in the Paddock

Evening on the Farm

My blurry attempt to capture The Southern Cross constellation and the brightest night sky I've ever seen. (Tilt head to the right to see the cross)

Pa's Swing

Morning on the Farm

One of my nephews ready for the road trip!

A slight double rainbow over Murrurundi


Australia- Part 1

Now is the time of year when I like to remember summertime.  Granted, I spent much of my summer in Australia’s winter, but it wasn’t quite as cold as Indiana in December, so I’m happy to reminisce.  Here is a look back on some beauty I captured during the first part of my trip to Australia in June and July, 2011.  I went with my parents and we were able to get some wonderful quality time with my sister, brother-in-law, and four adorable nephews.  We were also able to travel north from Sydney to visit our McCown cousins (my mom’s first cousin and his family) in Brisbane and Toowoomba.  It was a great summer of making memories.  Here are a few examples of the beauty that Australia holds.  More to come soon…

Darlington Beach

Darlington Beach

Darlington Beach

Animal Encounters (only one was in the wild... can you guess which one?) 🙂

my nephew with his new friend

On the Brisbane River

Along the river in Brisbane

At a park near cousin Jenny's house in Brisbane

View of Brisbane from Mount Coot-tha