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sacred site
a place of spiritual significance to aboriginal people
 indigenous australia
sandgroper
a person from western australia
Either born in WA, or regards it as his or her home.
salute ∼ the great australian salute
to brush flies away with the hand
saltbush
a plant that grows in saline areas
Especially found in desert country.
saltie
saltwater crocodile
aussie diminutive
Salvos
the salvation army
The Army's purpose are:
 The advancement of the Christian religion …
of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.
Also the nickname of their op-shops.
Let's go down to the salvos.
founded by william booth in london in 1865
sanga ∼ sanger, sambo
a sandwich
aussie diminutive
sav
saveloy
A type of sausage. aussie diminutive

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scallywag
rascal, mischievious person
schnozz
nose
school of the air
a system of schooling for children in rural and remote areas
Pioneered in Australia in 1951 to supplement correspondence education. Teachers use high-frequency, two-way radio to broadcast lessons and communicate with students. Email, the internet, video, and fax are also used today.
It remains the most important means of education for children who have no access to school.
schooner
1 a 285 ml glass of beer in queensland
2 a medium glass of beer in south australia
 This word is understood around the country.
For more information see
beer, middy, and seven.
scozzer
a flannie-clad, mullet-sporting yobbo
Qld: bevan
NSW: westie
Vic: scozzer
Tas: chigger
Australia-wide known as a bogan
melbourne slang
scratchy
instant lottery ticket
Played by scratching the ticket to reveal a prize (if won).
screamer ∼ two pot screamer
a person who has a low tolerance of alcohol
screamer
the spectacular overhead mark in aussie rules
 Regarded by many fans as the epitome of skill.
aussie rules
scungies
a brief men's swimming costume
See speedos for a full set of synonyms.
scungy
unpleasant

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septic tank ∼ seppo
an american person
rhyming slang: septic tank for yank
servo
petrol station
seven
a seven fluid ounce glass of beer
 Throughout the country when you order a beer  you will get a seven fluid ounce glass.
See beer, schooner, and middy for more information.
shag
sexual intercourse
shaggin' wagon
a panel van
 Usually set up with padded velvet, soft lights and stereo, for purposes of seduction.
See panel van for more information.
shag on a rock
someone isolated, lonely, exposed
Everyone pissed off and left me like a shag on a rock!
shithouse
of poor quality, unenjoyable
The movie was shithouse.
shit house
lavatory
sheep shagger
a new zealander
aussie slang first recorded in 1894
sheep's back on the …
a reference to the wool industry
The source of Australia's colonial prosperity, started by the squatters.
sheila
a girl or girlfriend, a woman
A nickname and generic use of the Irish girl's name, first used in Australia and NZ, and in Britain in the late 19th century. It is basically a bloke's word; women on the whole do not use it. Don't call me a sheila! Some men seem to think it is a neutral word, rather than a derogatory one, and formerly this may have been the truth, but nowadays women in general don't much like being called sheilas. aussie slang first recorded in 1830s
shonky
dubious, underhanded
shoot through ∼ like a Bondi tram
make a hasty departure
 Two trams typically left the Sydney CBD for Bondi together, the first an express tram which would shoot through from Darlinghurst to Bondi Junction.
aussie slang since 1945
shout
turn to buy
Usually a round of drinks.
shower
an admonishment that one has more intelligence than another assumes
I'm not stupid, I didn't come down in the last shower!
show pony
someone who tries hard, by his dress or behaviour, to impress those around him

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sickie
a period of sick leave, often one day
Usually with the implication that there is insufficient medical reason for the absence from work. Surf's up! I'm chuckin a sickie
skite
boast, brag
skull
to consume a drink – usually alcohol
Drunk in a single draught without taking a breath.
slab
a carton of stubbies or cans of beer
Usually containing two dozen of either.
sleepout
a veranda, porch, or outbuilding
Used for sleeping accommodation.
slushy
a cook's assistant or kitchen hand
sluggos
a brief men's swimming costume
See speedos for a full set of synonyms.
smoko
a break from work for a smoke, coffee, tea, etc.
Nowadays, even non-smokers can take a smoko
snag
a sausage
aussie slang since 1941
sook
one who is soft, inoffensive

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spanner water
very cold water
Because, of course, it tightens the nuts, especially for icebergs.
aussie slang since the 1930s
speccy
the spectacular overhead mark in aussie rules
 Regarded by many fans as the epitome of skill.
aussie rules
speedos
a brief men's swimming costume
There are a host of terms for tight-fitting (and revealing) men's swimwear:  sluggos, budgie smugglers, cock jocks, CJs
dick daks, dick togs, DTs, racers, scungies
a trademark used generically
spewin'
very angry
spew
to vomit
spruiker
someone employed to verbally encourage potential customers
sprung
caught doing something wrong
spit the dummy
have a tantrum
sport ∼ a good sport
fair minded person
spunk
a person of either sex who is regarded as sexually attractive
squatter
someone who settled on crown land
One of a group of rural landowners who first took up land to run stock without government permission.
Later, with a lease or licence, they became rich and influential, especially on the sheep's back.

colonial era
squirrel grip
to grab and crush someone's testicles
To go the squirrel is the practice of gripping another player's testicles in a scrum, maul or tackle in either Rugby League or Rugby Union and is in common use throughout NSW, Qld and the ACT.
rugby slang
squizz
a look
Take a squizz at this.

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stack
accident, crash, fall
stacks
lots of something
Come over, I've got stacks of beer.
stack on a blue
become extremely angry
stickybeak
a nosy person
stirrer
one who causes trouble
stoked
very pleased
I'll bet you're stoked with your new car.
originally surfie slang
stolen generation
aboriginal children who were taken from their families
From 1883–1969 thousands of Aboriginal children were placed in institutions or fostered with white families.  indigenous australia
stonkered
perplexed, defeated, cornered
stoush
a fight or brawl
Hence, an argument or altercation.
Used by soldiers to refer to war or a battle.
WWI was commonly known as The Big Stoush.

aussie slang since the 1890s
strewth!
god's truth!
Strewth! That bloke's got no strides on!
A mild oath in strine
strine
strides
trousers
strine
aussie slang and pronunciation
Do you have a Gloria Soame? What is an egg Nishner?
What are sex? Where checque etcher londger ray?

Professor Lauder knows the answers‼

stubby
a short, squat beer bottle
With a capacity of 375 ml.
stubbies
a pair of short pants
stuffed
1 very tired
2 broken
stump
a seat
Bus driver welcoming a passenger:
Grab a stump!
stroppy
in a bad mood, being difficult
subbie
sub-contractor
suicide season
a feeling of oppression during the approach of the wet season
Afflicts residents of the Top End during the build-up to the wet season and marked by an increase in heat and humidity, causing tension and irritability in the tropical north.
Also called mango madness or simply troppo.
sunnies
sunglasses
surfies
people who go surfing
suss
suspicious
That bloke looks pretty suss.
suss it out
check something
Something's wrong, I'll go and suss it out.
swag
1 the possessions of one travelling, usually on foot in the bush
2 the blanket-wrapped roll carried by a swagman
swagman ∼ swaggie
an itinerant worker or a drifter
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