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    Cobber! Classic Aussie words we still use?

    A lot of classic Aussie language has passed into dis-use.

    But! What words do you still use that are classic Aussie words or phrases?

    I sometimes use Furphy

    I don't use bonzer, cobber, ripper.

    So... Maaaate ... tell us what words you still use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kym View Post

    What words do you still use that are classic Aussie words or phrases?

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    So... Maaaate ... tell us what words you still use?
    None whatsoever you uncouth person.

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    I have a furphy, but no longer use it. (except in conversation.)
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    I use mate occasionally, generally only with mates, I don't tend to call people I don't know mate, like some do. I also hate being called 'darl', which many of the older country women tend to like to do..Urhhg!

    She'll be right

    I also use the Tasmanian only one "Rum'un". Calling someone a Rum'un is to call them stupid, idiot..etc in a lighthearted way.
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    It's a dying art. The only time I might slip back into some of the old lingo is when I'm talking to a few old mates around my vintage.
    How much Aussie slang was lost when we switched to decimal currency for instance ?
    Gone .... or just about gone, are .... tanner, bob. zac, trey, quid, brick etc.
    I think we are poorer for it's demise, but I suppose it is also a matter of progress.
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    I use mate, great for anyone and everyone esp when you forget their name.

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    Struth
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    Flabberghasting (Not really an Australian word but a relatively obscure slang word for astonishing, used in one of the Smiley movies from the 1950s)
    Furphy
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    I dislike 'mate' due to the politicising of the word which has greatly devalued it. About the only time I use it is in the phrase "Bloody, bonza, beauty, mate"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    I use mate, great for anyone and everyone esp when you forget their name.
    There are better choices...

    possum
    cupcake
    numbat
    sport
    darling

    The beauty of these is that you can also use them when you don't forget names or have a mental block. No one is the wiser (well not that they will admit).

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    I wish someone would blowup the word GUYS.(I cringe every time I hear it).Sorry if off topic.
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    Having a lend of..., and if anybody every says "Having a [ugh]loan[/ugh] of...", well, they should be spiflicated.
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    Strike a light. Use it all the time
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    G'day, mate. I still listen to furphies, although I don't usually swaller 'em. I enjoy a good barbie with a few chinas, especially if it's a fair dinkum Aussie-style do with bangers instead of prawns or chook. I like to wash the tucker down with some suds, too, but these days I go easy on the number of schooners I'll gargle. Me and the missus usually pull up stumps early, as well. We're no spring chickens any more. I don't go to the boozer much any more; too many winos. I've had a cracker of a life, and I hope the lucky country'll put up with us for a good while longer yet. Our kiddies have kiddies so we want time to watch the ankle-biters grow some. Good onya for bringin' back the lingo, Kym. The tele is likely gonna cause it to turn up its toes and fall off the twig altogether if we don't mind our p's and q's.
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    Stuth Waz, you cannot manage 2 words without an ockerism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterb666 View Post
    Stuth Waz, you cannot manage 2 words without an ockerism.
    Strike me lucky, or pink, Pete, yer on the dough! Yeah, since I discovered Hogan on Willisee it's given me a whole new butchers at the lingo we were losin'.
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    Bringing back a few memories:


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    Apart from G'day, I would barely use any unless I am deliberately doing what our pollies (is that one) tend to do with annoying frequency, trying to prove my Australian-ness.

    Aussie slang is a bit like Fosters beer: only ever drunk when overseas (or in the company of visitors from overseas) when you are trying to appear different.

    Also, much of what we embrace as Australian slang (or reject as 'Americanisms') are nothing of the sort.

    I'm not sure many Englishmen wander around greeting each other wearing bowler hats and a 'hullo chaps' so, I don't think it is necessary for us to slink around in rabbit pelt hats bidding each other, 'G'Day, cobber.'

    Also, I was recently at the outback show (next to Wet 'n' Wild on the Gold Coast): talk about cringe worthy. I'm sure the tourists from China sitting beside us went home thinking all we ever said was, "struth, bloody, corker & cobber." whilst riding our horses, desperately searching for a war to go fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    Bringing back a few memories:
    Gee, they have bleeped a bit out of that????? Nothing that the bleeped out would have been too offensive.
    Anyway I'm going down to the bakery for a "dogs eye" and a "snot block"
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