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Australian Slang - Greetings and Goodbyes

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Australian Slang - Greetings and Goodbyes - Antidotes

Lingo | Why not have a look our lingo/slang if you're visiting from overseas it's fun. We don't suggest you use it unless you're with locals who are friends as the sayings may sometimes a few different types of meaning.
Heaps | Lot's of something
Ged Hey | Hello - To reply just say 'Hi - how are you'
How's it hangin | Cheeky way of saying hello - To reply just say just say 'Ok how are you'
How's it goin | Hello - To reply just say just say 'Ok thanks how are you'
I reckon | I feel I think
See ya later | Goodbye and we will see each other again
See you round | We will meet again
Catch up | We will meet again
Cheerio | Goodbye, "see ya later"!
In a blue moon | Once in a while
Just joshin | Just kidding or just joking
Lingo | Language
Mate | A name for anyone man you meet, or if you can't remember someone's name, or an expression of affection amongst male or female friends
Hava gander at | To have a glimpse at something
You Beaut | Congratulations or Looks good (actually it can means a few things)
True blue | Genuinely Australian
Blimey | Actually I counted many areas this could be use in - most relevant is here we would so Blimey mate (meaning your enforcing what your going to say)

Language Australia - Old fashion outback local slang and lingo

There is some unconventional English in our local dialect around outback Australia. As the miners, chaps from the cattle stations or oil rigs come to town to relax you may hear it a bit stronger. Here we suggest a few sayings or words you may encounter on your stay in let's say Darwin for example.

Now as a word or saying may have a few variances in meaning we suggest you not use it though just know what it usually means so you can have a laugh when you hear it.

You will note Australian's love humour and many offer sarcasm in jest. We often make a witty remark in the most dire of circumstances. Such as a cyclone is about to come your way and your mate say's 'Blimey mate better stock up on the beer'. True 2006 Cyclone 'Monica' that came through the NT general area - I was at Northlakes Shopping Centre Darwin the day before and I saw many trolley's full of beer coming out and being loaded on utes with a dog at the back - You just had to laugh. "Only in Darwin'.

As Darwin now has a large number of folks moving here from south our language has mellowed over the last 20 years since i have been here. As you venture into the outback it becomes much more noticeable. Also I noticed that lingo meanings can vary between the states in Australia.

The other interesting aspect of the way we speak is some of us speak very quickly and the further you go into the outback we often tend to draw out our words. The reason we tend to speak quickly that was offered to me when I first arrived in Darwin was that it gave you more time to drink. (That's Darwin). Interesting note we now consume wine and spirits nearly as much as we do beer. Note: The author doesn't drink much and yes he is a true Darwinian.

Another interesting aspect of Darwin is the dogs. They live like kings and everyone seems to have 1-2. A typical scene at 5.30 pm on a Friday is a ute (4WD with a tray back) towing a tinnie (smaller fishing boat) and a dog in the front passenger seat with its head out the window gulping at the fresh air on Stuart Highway.

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Date 06.09.2020