Most of us have been able to pick up a bit of UK and Australian slang from watching television. Do you think you know enough about the differences between the two to ace this quiz? Let's get started to find out.
G'day mate. Are you into some shrimp on the barbie, or would you rather have some fish fingers and custard? Yup, we mixed things up there, but that's the theme of this quiz, right?
Slang exists in every language and culture. According to the definition of the word "slang," it is a collection of, mostly spoken, words that are very informal and that may be limited to a particular context or group of individuals. This means that even UK and Australian slang will vary according to age, geography, culture, and even interests.
Some slang has been relatively persistent throughout the ages, but some has come and gone according to fads. And, just because some of us have a hard time deciphering the difference between the UK and Australian accents, does not mean that the slang used by each of these peoples are similar because that is not necessarily the truth.
So, if you think you can hang with the slang of the UK and Australia, take this quiz to test your knowledge.
The most famous band from Australia is AC/DC, and Australians are incredibly proud of it. They call the band Accadacca.
If someone in the UK tells you to "bugger off" they want you to go away. You better leave them alone quickly.
This slang phrase is incredibly common in the UK. It means extremely, devastatingly tired.
"Ambo" is Australian slang for ambulance. It is used to refer to both the vehicle and the driver interchangeably.
UK slang is full of insults, including "skive." Someone who is a "skive" is considered lazy or useless.
Australians often shorten words in ways surprising to English speakers from other countries. "Macca's" is their nickname for McDonald's.
This classic UK slang can be used as a generic excuse for leaving any situation. It also hides your destination.
The original English word "copper" has become "cop" in America and "coppa" in Australia. This is what police officers are called most often in Australia.
What is called "gas" in America is called "petrol" in a number of other English-speaking countries. In Australia, "petrol" has become "petty" among young people.
This is common UK slang. If something is described as "tosh," it is considered total nonsense.
This UK slang phrase means to know a lot about a subject. For example, an Egyptologist would know her onions about Ancient Egypt.
"Arvo" is Australian slang for "afternoon." An Australian person might say "I'm busy this arvo."
This common UK slang word means to be very pleased with something. You might say, "She was very chuffed about the holiday sale."
While English speakers from most parts of the world refer to Australia by its full name, native Australians rarely do. They call it Straya.
This is a very UK insult. Someone who is "gobby" is offensive, loud and rude.
There are a number of ways to say someone has gone crazy in UK slang, including calling them "batty" and "barmy." You can also say that someone has "lost the plot."
This is UK slang. To be "minted" means to be extraordinarily wealthy.
This one can be a little confusing. What Australians and Americans call "soccer" the rest of the world calls "football." What the rest of the world calls "rugby," Australians call "footy."
In the UK "plonk" refers to bad red wine. This wine is generally incredibly cheap.
This is Australian slang for a garbage man or garbage truck driver. "Garbo" works for both.
This UK slang comes from old cockney rhyming slang and means to tell lies. "Porkies" comes from "pork pies" which rhymes with "lies."
"Biccy" is short for biscuit in Australia. The word "biccy" can apply to crackers, cookies or similar treats eaten with tea.
This is common UK slang. Someone who is "snookered" is in a bad and possibly even completely hopeless situation.
In Australia, Facebook is often referred to as "Facey." This nickname is mostly used by younger people.
"Collywobbles" is UK slang. It refers to an upset stomach brought on by stress, nervousness or anxiety.
"Lappy" is a shortened slang word for "lap top." It's a nickname many Australians use.
This UK slang phrase refers to making mistakes. Someone who has "thrown a spanner in the works" has made a massive mistake.
This UK slang phrase is used to describe someone who talks big or brags a lot but can't actually back it up. For example, a Brit might say "Ignore him. He's all mouth and no trousers."
In Australia, any musician who plays at their local pub is called a "muso." They often play in exchange for a small amount of money and free beer.
This is some classically odd UK slang. A piece of snot or booger can be referred to as a "crusty dragon."
In Australia, postmen are often called "posties." They deliver packages and letters like they do everywhere else, but they have a cute nickname in Straya.
In the UK, it is not uncommon to hear someone refer to tobacco as "baccy." This is classic UK slang.
Two people from the UK might have a chin wag. It just means they are having a friendly chat.
"Devo" is short for "devastated" in Australian slang. It's often used in exaggeration.
In Australia, avocados are often referred to as "avo." Australians love toast with Vegemite, avo, and cheese on it.