The Differences Between Our
"Versions" of English
OZ - USA

The meaning of a word to the Americans is often different to an Australian.
Both Countries have their own interpretation, which can be very confusing
.

BUT
A hand shake is known the world over and speaks for itself ...
Hello & welcome...
How are you...
Pleased to meet you...
Are all conveyed in the one action.

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THE DIFFERENCES

A
Agro, Angry // American English: Ballistic
Air Hostess // American English: Flight Attendant
Anaesthetist // American English: Anestheiologist
Arvo // American English: Afternoon
Apple Islander,Tasmanian // American English: Yankee –
someone from the U.S.A.
B
Back of Beyond, the far Outback // American English: God’s Country
Better half // American English: Spouse
An Aussie male // American English: Dude Bloke
Blow-in: A stranger, newcomer // American English: New Kid on the Block
(the) Bush, Rural Australia // American English: Hickville
Bum, buttocks // American English: Tushy
Biscuit // American English: Cookie
Bonnet // American English: Hood of car
Boot // American English: Trunk of car
Bonzer, great // American English: Awesome
Boofhead, stupid, idiot // American English: Goober
Bugger all, very little // American English: Peanuts
(go) to Buggery, go to hell // American English: Go fly a kite!
Bum-bag / /American English: Fanny-pack
Bushie, country person // American English: Redneck
(also used for racist people)

C
Cackhanded: lefthanded // American English: Southpaw
Cobber, term for a mate, friend // American English: Homeboy
or Homegirl

Call it a day, Finish it // American English: Wrap it up
Car park, parking station // American English: Parking Lot
Carked it, died // American English: Bit the dust, History,
Croaked, Toast

Chemist, Pharmacy // American English: Drugstore
Cheerio, goodbye // American English: See ya!
D .. E
Digger, Australian soldier // American English: GI
(
a) Dill, someone not too smart // American English: An airhead
Dilly-dally, waste time // American English: Farting around
Dinkum, ? :really // American English: No way?!
(You)Drongo, you idiot // American English: Moron!
Dob in, snitch // American English: Tattle tale
Doona // American English: Comforter
Dunny // American English: John

F
Fag, cigarette // American English: Smoke
Fairy Floss // American English: Cotton Candy
Fanny,vagina // American English: Pussy
Football // American English: Grid Iron
Fruit & vegies or green grocer // American English: Produce Stand
Full as a goog (an egg), drunk usually // American English: Plastered

G .. H
Get on like a house on fire, on well together // American English: Like bread & butter
Go crook at, express anger // American English: Fume
Give it a whirl, try something // American English: Give it a shot
Gutless, someone who wont take a risk or fight // American English: Chicken shit
Happy as Larry, .blissfully happy // American English: Tickled pink
Holiday // American English: US vacation
Half Mast // American English: Half Staff
Hundreds & thousands // American English: Millions and Millions
I .. J .. K
Icing // American English: US frosting
Joe Bloggs: The average man in the street // American English: John Doe
Jelly // American English: Jello
Joker: bit of a comic // American English: Smart ass (trying to be funny
and sarcastic at the same time)
Knock: Criticize // American English: Put down
Knockit over: Complete a task // American English: Mission accomplished
L .. M .. N
Lift // American English: Elevator
Lollies .sweets // American English: Candy
Gudday mate Greeting, how ya going mate ? // American English: What’s up, dude?
Mince // American English: Us - ground beef
(a) Naughty..sexual intercourse // American English: The beast with two backs
Newsagent // American English: Newsstand

O .. P
Old fogies, old folk // American English: Old farts
On a good wicket..earning a good wage // American English: Rolling in the dough
Panel Beater // American English: auto bodywork repairer
Pot, a beer glass // American English: A mug
Pension, a living allowance for the elderly // American English: Social Security
Perve.. look lasciviously // American English: Look over or up and down
Petrol // American English: Gas
Pillow-biter. homosexual male // American English: Fag, Faggot
Pissed. a state of drunkenness // American English: Pissed off = very angry
Postie // American English: Mail Man
Push-bike // American English: Bicycle
Q .. R
Raging,.having a really good time // American English: To have a blast or ball
Randy, sexually aroused // American English: Horny
Rissole // American English: Meat in a hamburger
Roadworks // American English: Road construction
Rubbish // American English: Refuse, Trash
Primary School - Grammar School // American English: Elementary school

S .. T
Secondary School // American English: High School
Scone // American English: Biscuit
Sultana // American English: White raisin
Take-Away // Americam English: Carry out
Tertiary education // American English: College
Toffee Apple // American English: Candy Apple
Too Right... an affirmation / American English: Right
Torch // American English: Flashlight
Truckie // American English: Trucker
True blue, Really? // American English: WASP
Thongs // American English: Rubber sandals, flip flops

U .. V .. W

Underdacks, pants (underwear) // American English: Panties
Uni // American English: College
Ute // American English: Pick-up
What’s Up?.What is wrong with you? // American English: How is it going?
Anything new? What’s the matter
(all depends on the context and intonation)
Windscreen // American English: Windshield
Wowser, prude // American English: Stuck up
Wrapped // American English: A state of being very happy
X .. Y .. Z
You Little Beauty, excited cry of approval // American English: Yeah Yes!
Yobbo // American English: A rude and ignorant individual
Zac // American English: Nickel

 
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Compiled by
Laurie (Australian English) & Terry (American English)
November 2001
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