Spunks, Thongs and Roots: Your Guide to Aussie Slang

So, we were pretty sure that Aussies spoke English? But, if this list is anything to go by, you’ll probably still need a bit of help understanding the lingo before you can nail it as a local.

Alternatively, you could just raise the end of every sentence to confusingly sound like a question and add an ‘o’ to everyone’s name. Standard.

The perfect place to stop for grog

GROG

Means – Beer
Use it – ‘ Oi Stevo, I’m gagging for an ice cold glass of grog.’

GOON

Means – Cheap wine, comes in a box
Use it – ‘I’m too skint to go out, grab the goon and lets head over to Shano’s place’

UTE

Means – The name given to a pick-up truck
Use it – ‘Oi Deano, chuck the goon in the back of the ute!’

THONGS

Means – Flip flops
Use it – ‘I bought my nan some thongs for Christmas – she loved ’em eh!’

Of course, you'll need more than just thongs for a real Aussie adventure.

SPUNK

Means – An attractive person
Use it – ‘That guy over near the koala is a right spunk!’

ROOT

Means – It’s a more polite way of insinuating the ‘F’ word and can be used in every sense of the word.
Use it – ‘The tyre on my bike is rooted’ or ‘I couldn’t sleep last night because someone in my dorm was having a root’

BIG NOTE

Means – Means to brag or boast
Use it – ‘He’s such a big note!’

RELOS

Means – Family
Use it – ‘Sorry I can’t come for a surf, got a Skype call with my relos…’

TOGS and BOARDIES

Means – Swimming costume and swimming shorts
Use it – ‘Can’t wait to get my togs on and hit the surf’

Show off your togs

BIZZO

Means – Business
Use it – ‘Hey Sheila, mind your own bizzo!’

BOGAN

Means – A person that’s a bit scruffy and impolite
Use it – ‘Urgh, that guy weeing against that tree is such a bogan!’

HEAPS

Means – Lots or adds emphasis
Use it – ‘Wish we were back in Byron, I miss it heaps’

DUNA

Means – Duvet
Use it – ‘Dude, you won’t need that duna in Queensland, it’s too flaming hot’

FAR too hot for a duna you dingo!

DAG

Means – Not such a hot dresser
Use it – ‘I wouldn’t be seen dead out in Sydney with you looking like such a dag’

FRANGER

Means – Condom
Use it – ‘Let’s fill these frangers up with water and use them as water bombs!’

PASH

Means – To kiss/get it on
Use it – ‘I’m dying to pash my diving instructor’

SPEWIN’

Means – To be very angry
Use it – ‘I’m absolutely spewin’ that I just dropped my goon all over the floor of my ute!’

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