A couple of months ago Elizabeth started watching Zumbo’s Just Desserts which is an Australian reality TV cooking show. She loved it. I was amused by all the questions I got after she’d watched an episode, “What’s a bickie?”, “What’s an iced vo-vo?”, “Is Arnotts a real company “, and even (gasp), “What does Aussie mean?”. I clearly haven’t been doing a very good job of instilling Australianisms in her.

Since then we’ve watched Dance Academy which was a big hit with both kids and we’ve just started on Little Lunch.  Little lunch is what Aussie kids call the first break at school and the second break is called big lunch. In case you’re wondering, a bickie is a biscuit (or cookie), an iced vo-vo is a type of biscuit, and Arnott’s is an Australian biscuit company.

My favourite Aussie slang is spit the dummy which describes someone having a tantrum. A dummy is the Aussie word for pacifier and when babies spit their dummy it’s sometimes because they’re having a tantrum. After all, you can’t scream when there’s a dummy in your mouth!

8 responses to “Australianisms”

  1. Spit the dummy. Uk also.. along with “toys out of pram”… like the idea of ‘little lunch” and’big Lunch”.. my kids have been trying to push “breakfast dessert”.. resisting that

    1. Breakfast dessert is cunning. You’ve got smart kids 🙂

  2. Wow, great to know. And yeah Timtams are our family’s favourite Arnotts.

  3. Spit the dummy … nice! that will enter my vocabulary 🙂

  4. Have you read the book ‘Let’s speak Strine’? Its a translation of Australian language. Probably out of print by now although really funny…crikey! Where’s me strides? Maybe I left them at the barbie by the pearl!

    1. I’ve got that book. I think Ben might have bought it for me 🙂

  5. Our kids love Kath and Kim…they are really clever comedians. If you want to see the length of stupidity some Aussies will go to, the ill fated Steve Irwin’s crocodile hunter series are a must!

    1. We love Kath and Kim but I haven’t watched it for ages! Good idea to introduce it to the kids. I’ll put it on our list.

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