Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thursday's thirteen: Aussies

In my first book, Windswept Shores, which will be out in 6/3/2010, in a week, my hero Seth is an Aussie. So of course I have him speak with a lot of slang or what they call in Austrilia strine.

Here is thirteen Aussie slang words, in no particular order: (And yes this is a repost, but don't let that stop you from leaving a comment.)

  1. G'day--good day, a greeting. Usually conbine with . . .
  2. Mate--a buddy, or best friend, or someone you just met and don't know their name yet, and you greet them with "G'day, mate."
  3. Your shout--if you value your life, you will buy the next round of drinks.
  4. Brekky--the first meal of the day.
  5. Tea--the last meal of the day.
  6. Bloke--a man who you don't know.
  7. Shelia--a woman, but its old and not use a lot anymore except by . . .
  8. Oldies--your parents, or old folks. Used by those under seventeen for anyone over the age of twenty.
  9. Chook--chicken, yes the kind that clucks.
  10. College--a private school, usually High School not collage in states or . . .
  11. Uni--University, or what we call collage in the states.
  12. Tucker--food, that stuff you tuck into your belly or tucker sack.
  13. Owsyerottenbleedinluckeh--Thought to be the longest word in the Austrialian language, it translates as things are not turning out as planed.


Janice said...

Honestly, that started out as thirteen but the darn kangaroo too the number one spot.


Gledwood said...

G'day Janice!
D'you know one of the greatest romance novels of all time: THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough ~ fantastic work. The descriptions of being at that hot Australian farm, called Drogheda, buzzing with flies, horses in paddocks, sheep sheering in the barns... is so cinematically real it is amazing... surely you have read it, Janice? If not my advice is purchase a copy immediately!

Janice said...


Thank you. I've never read Thorn Birds but I saw the movie with Richard Chamberlain.


Paige Tyler said...

Those are fun! Love the kangaroo!


My TT is at

Kimberly Menozzi said...

Scary. I read the whole list with Cadel Evans' voice in my head. LOL!

(I gotta spend less time watching cycling...Naaaahhh...)

Great post, but I'd never dare to try and do an Aussie accent!

Happy TT! :)

A. Catherine Noon said...

o.O... I think your date has a year-code of 2020, instead of 2010... But I love this post! Especially the cute pic of the kangaroo!

Congratulations on your release! That is such great news; I'm really happy for you. Write on!

Janice said...

Hi Paige,

Thanks, but I don't really think he was holding a beer in the original photo, lol.

Hi Kimberly,

Is he an Aussie? My hubby can do the accent. I've been thinking of doing a podcast reading of my book with hubby reading the hero's part.

Hi Catherine,

Oops, I better fix that right away.

Thank you.

Happy TT everyone.

Darla M Sands said...

This was really fun! And I appreciate that you looked for a TT on my blog. Actually, there is one for this week. If you're still interested, try here:

Janice said...

Thank you, Darla, for the link.

I posted a comment.


Merle said...

Hi Janice ~~ Thanks for your birthday
wishes and I hope your Mom has had a lovely birthday today. Did you take her out for a meal? Or buy flowers?
I have been thoroughly spoilt with
the lovely flowers from my granddaughter, Bec with teddy bears and all, cards, phone calls and heaps of comments on Facebook, including 8 from most of my grandkids.
Take care, my friend, only days now until that book is out!!
Love, Merle.

Janice said...

Hi Merle,

No just the card, but I will get my mom something for her B-day the next payday, we're just a little short this time.

I'm glad you had a happy Birthday. That's great your family celebrated so warmly.

Yup, only five days now till my book release. I should post a count down on my blog.

Have a great weekend.