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Welcome to the Australian Cultural Dictionary.

Many of the terms are closely associated with the city of Adelaide in South Australia, but most of the terms are used all over Australia.

The example sentences are taken from real usage and may contain mistakes, but they are a good indication of how a word or expression is used by local speakers of English as a first language.

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A

Aboriginal
Adelaide Festival
Adelaide Fringe
alpaca
Anzac biscuit
Anzac Day
arvo
Aussie
Aussie Rules

B

barbie
barrack
bbq
beaut
bickie / bikkie
big/small bickies/bikkies
bikie
billy
bloke
bludge
bludger
bogan
Bottoms up!
brekkie
Brussels sprout
budgie smugglers
bush tucker
byo

C

Centrelink
Cheers
chip
chook 
Christmas Pageant
cricket
cuppa

D

Dagwood dog
deli
dingo
dob in
duckbill platypus
dummy
dummy run
dunny

E

echidna 
EFTPOS, eftpos
emu
esky

F

Fair enough
footy

G

G'day
G’day mate
goanna
Good on ya!

H

heaps
Hills Hoist
Hockeyroo
hoon
hotel
How are you going?
How's it going?

I

It’s your call

K

kangaroo
Kiwi
kiwi
kiwi fruit, kiwifruit
koala

L

lamington
lolly
Long time no see

M

marsupial
mate
Milo

N

No worries

O

O-Bahn
outback

P

pie floater
platypus
pokies
Pom
Pommy

R

(I) reckon

rort
Royal Adelaide Show

S

sanga
See ya
See you later
She’ll be right
show bag
Socceroo
spill
spread oneself too thin
spruik
stoush
Strine
stubby holder
Sugar! 
sunnies
swag
sweet as

T

ta
Tasmanian devil
tax file number
tea
The Ashes
thongs
tracky dacks
tragic
tram

U

Ugg boots
Uluru
ute

V

Vegemite
vertical garden

 

W

wallaby
Wallaby
What are you after?
What's up?
wombat

 

Y

yakka
yonks
yummy

Z

Zombie walk

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