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AUSSIE WORDS LIKE "BABYCCINO" AND "SNAG" ADDED TO DICTIONARY

by Brent Ford

image source - thesmartlocal.com

Babyccino, nibblies, snag and ranga are some of the 6,000 new Australian words and phrases that have been recognised in the Australian National Dictionary.

The second edition, that also includes words from more than 100 Indigenous languages, was released in Canberra today.

Some of the others include battered sav, goon of fortune, tradie, checkout chick, and phrases like "carry on like a pork chop" and "I don't know if I'm Arthur or Martha".

There are also some words unique to the ACT, like booner, Canberran and ex-govie.

Check out the full list below.

Food and drink:

babyccino, battered sav, boston bun, chateau cardboard, chiko roll, chocolate crackle, copha, dagwood dog, Devonshire tea, fairy bread, goon of fortune, kransky, long black, neenish tart, nibblies, short soup, snag, snot block.

Terms for people:

bogan, bronzed Aussie, bush baptist, callithumpian, chardonnay socialist, checkout chick, firie, grey nomad, Mexican, Mrs Kafoops, mungo, pube, ranga, rurosexual, saltwater people, seachanger, seppo, skip, tradie.

The world of politics:

aspirational voter, branch stacking, captain’s pick, economic rationalism, Hawkespeak, Howard’s battlers, how-to-vote card, keep the bastards honest, micro party, mortgage belt, negative gearing, scrutineer, small-l liberal, tent embassy, true believer, two-party preferred, wombat trail.

Indigenous words:

akudjura (a bush tomato), bilma (a clapstick), bunji (a mate), dayang (a heath mouse), gubinge (a kind of plum), jarjum (a baby or young child), kumanjayi (a substitute name for a person who has died), migaloo (a white person), minga (a tourist), rakali (a water rat), tjukurpa (the Dreaming), yidaki (a didgeridoo). Other terms derived from Indigenous culture include: deadly, Invasion Day, secret women’s business, songline, welcome to country.

Phrases and idioms:

I don’t know if I’m Arthur or Martha; your blood’s worth bottling; do a Bradbury; carry on like a pork chop; couldn’t run a chook raffle; a cup of tea, a Bex, and a good lie down; dry as a dead dingo’s donger; happy as a bastard on father’s day; straight to the pool room; it would kill a brown dog; stacks on the mill; he wouldn’t know if a tram was up him unless the conductor rang the bell; he wouldn’t work in an iron lung.

Regional words:

Jennings German (ACT), houso (NSW), stubloon (NT), goose club (Qld), double-cut roll (SA), yaffler (Tas), hook turn (Vic), skimpy (WA).

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