Aussie Salute – waving the flies off your face
ANZAC - Members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in WWI. Also a biscuit.
Arvo - Afternoon. “Time for arvo tea fellas”.
Ankle-biter - A young kid
Barbie - Barbecue. “Let’s head to the beach and have a barbie.”
Battler - Someone who struggles hard financially or has to overcome adversity.
Beaut - Great! Terrific! Sometimes pronounced beaudy, or bewdy.
Billy - A metal can, usually tin, enamel or aluminium used for brewing tea over an open fire.
Chuck a wobbly - To go berserk.
Coathanger, The - Local name for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Cobber - A close mate.
Cozzies - Swimming costume. “Got some new cozzies for Chrissie.”
Throughout our history, the Australian accent has taken a battering. Winston Churchill called it “the most brutal maltreatment ever inflicted upon the mother tongue of the great English speaking nations.”
Communications expert from Victoria University claims that drunkenness is the reason behind our unique enunciation.
The theory goes that when the first British arrivals landed in Australia, they were such big drinkers that their slurred speech distorted their accents, and that verbal hangover remains today.
“For the past two centuries, from generation to generation, drunken Aussie-speak continues to be taught by sober parents to their children,” writes Victoria University lecturer Dean Frenkel.
“The average Australian speaks to just two thirds capacity – with one third of our articulator muscles always sedentary as if lying on the couch.”
Whatever the case, the Honey Badger's unique approach to the English language is one to be celebrated.
Tune into National Geographic on March 20th to witness more of the Honey Badger's unique one-liners.