Australia Day
the australian national day
Commemorating the landing, on 26 January 1788, of Captain Arthur Phillip at Port Jackson. The majority of Australians just use the day to have a barbeque or do some other pastime that takes advantage of the great things about the Australian lifestyle.
For Convicts, January 26 1788 was not a happy time. It marked the establishment of a penal colony where they suffered some of the worst human rights violations that the world had even seen. Women were pack raped by officers on transport ships and then assigned to free settlers as if cattle. Men were flogged until their backbones were exposed to the flies.
annual public holiday on 26 january
AFL
1 australian football league
 The organisation which replaced the Victorian Football League in 1990 and which regulates the national Australian Rules Football competition.
2 a game of australian rules football
The acronym AFL is used colloquially as a name for the sport when distinguishing it from other football codes, particularly in Qld and NSW.
aussie rules
battler
a person with few advantages
Who works doggedly for little reward and displays courage in so doing.

A man is judged by the way he ‘measures up’ to life.
And the bloke who ‘does his best’ at all times, the bloke who is an ‘unlucky poor bastard’ but who can still smile, who can still find reserves of strength and courage to try again – and again – and again – is a ‘battler’.

Also known as the aussie battler, or the little aussie battler
bastard
1 an unpleasant or despicable person
Piss off you stupid bastard.
2 any person, whether they are a bastard or not
Let me buy you a beer, you old bastard.
Poor bastard, it wasn't his fault.

3 anything that causes difficulty or aggravation
What a bastard of a day, it hasn't stopped raining.
This old computer is a bastard.
That was a bastard of a thing to do.
aussie slang since colonisation
racehorse
a thinly rolled tobacco cigarette or marijuana joint

originally prison slang
rare as rocking-horse shit
non-existant or exceedingly scarce
rizzle
a returned services club

The Returned and Services League of Australia is a support organisation for men and women who have served or are serving in the Defence Force.
red goshawk
an australian hawk
 Probably the rarest endemic bird of prey, Erythrotriorchis radiatus is a large brown bird with a cream head, throat, and red-brown underparts.
It feeds on live prey, mostly other birds and small ground animals, and is found throughout northern and eastern Australia.
echo
a small returnable beer bottle
Originally they were washed & re-used.
Nowadays they are recycled, but the term is still in use.
south australian slang
babbling brook
a cook
rhyming slang: babbling brook for cook
act
to pretend to be someone or something which you are not
He's bungin' on an act.It is wiser to be natural, and speak the truth about yourself.
deadly treadly
a bicycle
 Lacking in accessories such as brakes, lights, etcetera. ocker slang
ay
a tag used at the end of a sentence inviting assent
Wasn't that lucky, ay? In Qld and NZ it is used repetitously at the end of virtually every statement, without any sense of it being a question.
I was going down the shops, ay.
And I ran into Johnno, ay.
Hadn't seen him for weeks, ay.
Kembla Grange
loose change
Don't forget your kembla.
After the name of the racecourse at Woolongong NSW.

rhyming slang: kembla grange for change
aboriginality
awareness of being an aboriginal australian
The descendants of the original custodians of Australia who maintain links to their country and customs.
 aboriginal australia
greenie
an enviromentalist
The association of green with enviromentalism first appeared in England in the early 1970s in the name Greenpeace.
The addition of ie to form a noun was an Aussie contribution.

aussie diminutive
mullygrubber
a ball that doesn't bounce after pitching
A type of delivery that is low to the ground.
You should put Stevo in to bowl next.
He might produce one of his legendary mullygrubbers!

 coined by cricket legend richie benaud
dog fence
the longest continuous barrier constructed on earth
 Stretching 5300 km from the Great Australian Bight in South Australia, across the country and through Queensland.
Designed to keep the dingoes in the north away from sheep country in the south.
zack
was a sixpence, now a five cent coin
I'm broke – I haven't got a zack!
off like a bride's nightie
to depart quickly
Or to move with a sudden burst of speed.
racing slang
chatty
rough, dirty, in poor condition
Originally convict slang meaning infected with lice.
aussie slang since the 1940s
furphy
a rumour, or an erroneous or improbable story
 From the name of a brand of water cart manufactured by J. Furphy & Sons, which became popular as gathering places where soldiers could exchange gossip, rumours and fanciful tales. aussie slang from wwi
dodgy
1 suspicious, underhand
He's one of those dodgy salesmen.
2 unstable, unreliable
Those foundations look a bit dodgy.
keep nit
to act as a lookout during illegal activity
aussie slang since 1882
fuckwit
a stupid person
Unique aussie blending of fuck and nitwit
lagerphone
a traditional aussie folk music percussion instrument
Made from a stake of wood to which beer bottle caps have been loosely nailed, and banged to the ground in time to the music.
in like Flynn
assured of success in an enterprise
 Originally meaning assured of a sexual conquest. Referring to aussie actor Errol Flynn, well‑known for his sexual adventures.
Interestingly, this term has been in use in the USA since the 1940s, but only in the non‑sexual sense.

wwii slang
bogan
a flannie-clad, mullet-sporting yobbo
The word bogan is understood throughout the country.
Qld: bevan
NSW: westie
Vic: scozzer
Tas: chigger