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wowser. Prude, puritan, killjoy.

X out. Cross out, cancel.

XXXX. (Pronounced FOUR'ex.) A Queensland beer. XXXX is the actual name on the label. I understand XXXX is no longer Australian-owned.

yack. Chat, gossip, as in having a yack.

yahoo. A loutish male person.

yobbo. Loutish, surly youth.

yonks. Ages, a long time, as in I knew him for yonks.

youse. Colloquially, the plural form of you. Often used humorously.

zed. How Aussies pronouce Z. Thus, A-N-zed Bank for ANZ Bank.

zilch. Nothing, as in all he got was zilch.

zonked. Out of it, totally exhausted

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walloper. One who thrashes someone. Also, a policeman.

waltz matilda. Wander about as a tramp with a swag.

wanker. Someone who makes something more of what may be an inconsequential thing. There are other meanings.

westie, also westy. Someone from Sydney's western suburbs, often used derogatorily to mean uneducated and/or uncultured. Also someone who acts like a westie.

willy-willy. Spiraling wind, collecting such things as dust and refuse.

wog. Originally a derogatory appellation for Mediterranean or Middle European migrants, or persons of like complexion or appearance. Now often used for any foreigner, but still in a usually derogatory sense. We are reminded that another common meaning for wog is illness (or virus, such as the flu virus) in sentences like He's off work with a wog.

Australian Slang Guide

Strine. Spoken Australian lingo or dialect (and its written equivalent). If you pronounce Australian in a certain way, what you get is Strine. Sometimes used for uneducated, unrefined language.

struth. Also streuth, strewth, 'struth. An exclamation expressing surprise or verification. Derived from God's truth.

stubby. Small bottle, as of beer.

sundowner. A swagman who arrives at a homestead at nightfall too late for work but gets shelter for the night.

sunnies. Sunglasses.

suss. Suspicious, of doubtful nature, not quite right. When used as a verb, it means to probe, or prove the veracity (or falsity) of something or the bona fides of someone; or, more simply, to check out.

swag. Bundle or roll carried across the shoulders, usually by itinerant workers.

swagman. One who travels doing odd jobs, etc.

Sydneysider. A Sydney resident.

ta. Thanks.

takeaway. In some other countries this is called takeout or food to go.

tart. Sheila. Once meaning sweetheart, but the term can now be used derogatorily.

ta-ta. Good-bye.

thingy. A thing, of course, as in Hand me that thingy.

thongs. Sandals held loosely on the feet by straps passing between the first and second toes and over either side of the feet.

tinnie. A can of beer. .

true blue. Genuine.

tucker. Food.

U-ee. U-turn, as in He did a U-ee.

underdaks. Underpants.

up the duff. Pregnant.

ute. Small truck, short for utility truck.

VB. Victoria Bitter, a beer.

vegies.Vegetables.

walkabout. A period of wandering, usually in reference to Aborigines; also someone who does so.

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