A lesson in outback lingo

Lingo definition;

noun -informal/humorous

* a foreign language or local dialect.

* The vocabulary or jargon of a particular subject or group of people

Let's face it, Australians are well known for their “slang”, but in the Outback - they can have their own special and unique way of communicating. There are hundreds of words or expressions that is exclusively used in the Australian Bush and no where else! So if you're planning a trip to this great lands Outback, here's a few tips to get you started and have you speaking like a local in no time!

She'll be apples, she'll be right: It will be ok

Back of Bourke: A very long way away

Beaut, beauty: Great, fantastic

Billy: Container for boiling water.

Bingle: Motor vehicle accident

Bog in: Commence eating with enthusiasm

Boozer: A pub

Bottler: Something excellent

Buckley's chance: No chance

Bush telly: Campfire

BYO: Unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own alcohol (similar case for a party or barbecue)

Not within Cooee: A long way away

Coldie: Beer

Galah: Silly person

Hooroo: Goodbye

Flat out like a lizard drinking: Very busy

No worries: Expression of forgiveness or reassurance

Ocker: An unsophisticated person

Ridgy-didge: Genuine

You little ripper: Exclamation of delight

Sanger: Sandwich

Servo: Service Station

Spit the dummy: To get very upset at something

Squizz: To have a look

Swag: Rolled up bedding

Tucker: Food

It's gone walkabout: Something is lost

Too right: Most definitely

Sticky beak: Nosy person

So with these bonzer (great) phases to get you started, it's time to hit the frog and toad (road), head up north and say G'day (hello) to us Banana Benders (people from Queensland). The rest you'll figure out when you're there! Bloody Oath, mate (that’s certainly true, friend).

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Cristy Houghton