Category: Alphabet

  • Z is for …

    Zonked, as in very tired indeed. Zack means a 5c coin. If someone didn’t have zack, they’d be fairly poor. And that, is the end of our Aussie alphabet. We’ll do a roundup, so take this opportunity to add any final words!

  • Y is for …

    Yakka, as in hard work. This is what Alf is known for. A yobbo is a houligan or a lout. Colleen would say the River Boys are all yobbos.

  • X is for …

    XXXX, an Australian beer. I’ve never tasted it so it could be horrible for all I know. We don’t have anymore ideas for X, so please help us out if you have any suggestions.

  • W is for …

    Wagging from school might be known at mitching here or playing truant in the UK. Young Jett would be known for his wagging. A walkabout is a long, long treck in the bush. Doesn’t really crop up that often in Summer Bay. Waltzing Matilda is probably the most famous australian song for us outsiders. I…

  • V is for …

    Vegemite is an aussie paste made from yeast extract, similar to marmite. It can be spread on bread for a sandwich, as the Men at Work famously did.

  • T is for ….

    A Thunderbox is a aussie toilet. It is so named due to the noise that can emanate from it. Torp is an aussie rules term for a torpedo kick, which gets great distance on the ball. T is also for true blue, a classic aussie song. You may not be familiar with it, but trust…

  • S is for …

    Schoolies! How could it be anything else? Schoolies are school holidays, when kids tend to let off steam and hoon around, acting like flamin’ galahs. S could also stand for a snag, or the phrase “straight as the Ocean Road”, which must be pretty straight. Another suggestion from our Aussie consultant was specky. Initially I…

  • R is for…

    R is for rangas, aka orangutans, aka human ginger people. My favourite of which is Cornelia Frances, who plays the erudite Justice Morag Bellingham in Home and Away. Here she is defending the very creatures that inspired the nickname: Here’s Jonah Takalua of Summer Heights High explaining how to use the word: And of course,…

  • Q is for…

    I’m grasping at straws here, and I’m trying not to use names in the alphabet, but all I can think of for Q is…Josh Quong Tart! A fine actor who could portray an imaginary friend, a derro, or a respected schoolteacher, stuffing his face all the while. Can you think of anything else?

  • P is for…

    P is for pearler. I’ve never heard it said down Summer Bay way, but it means good or great. P is also for Pippa, legendary foster mother to millions. But that’s a name, so doesn’t count. Pity.