- Footy (football)
- Breakie (breakfast)
- Owlie (Owl - there was a telly programme a long time ago called 'Owlie School' It's true!)
- Sickie (a sick day taken from work when one is not really sick)
- Barbie (as in 'put another shrimp on the barbie' or barbecue)
These are just a few of our idiomatic language quirks! Maybe my Possum pals at UniSA can think of some others.
All of this is kind of cute, but it does make life difficult for our international and ESL students at first. Knowing the idiom (or the lingo) gives you a social badge. You fit into a culture better if you can both understand and use some of this quirky and wonderful language.
One of our best tips to our new international students is to go out of the way to speak to Aussies - on the bus, in the shops, at uni, in study groups.
You know, I didn't pick up many language quirks when I visited the US recently - are there any? Did I miss something blindingly obvious?