“G’day mate. Fancy taking the ute to the billabong this arvo for some bevvies and a barbie?”
Conversing with an Australian can be a difficult feat, even when we are engaging about the things we have in common like sports and sunny skies, it sounds as if we are chatting to someone speaking a completely different language.
Australians are the kings and queens of abbreviations; it’s pretty much a national pastime and they’ve “blessed” the English vocabulary with a variety of creative new names and sayings including the word “selfie”! Take the opening sentence for example, in true Aussie (yet another abbreviation- see what we mean) fashion a simple invitation to pack up the bakkie and head to the lake for some beers and a braai, has morphed itself into a colourful and imaginary language that leaves us non-Australians feeling like we stepped into wonderland.
We know that they like to tease South Africans about our peculiarities (especially after we have beaten them at rugby or cricket) so we decided it was high time we returned the favour and brought some of their ‘stranger things’ into the light - because a trip to Oz will make you feel like you are in the Upside Down rather than Down Under.
Here are top 12 most confusing Australian-like things:
No, no not those blonde-haired American dolls, when an Australian invites you over for a ‘barbie’ they usually mean a barbecue or as it is traditionally known in SA, a braai. So take along your meat and salads, and prepare for a sausage sizzling feast.
2. Kangaroo meat
And at this ‘barbie’ don’t be surprised to find kangaroo meat on the menu, the Australians love them some kanga.
3. Fairy bread
A delicacy of choice, mostly among Australian children is fairy bread, which is white bread spread with butter or margarine and covered with sprinkles. Definitely wonderland!