Australian Language



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    • Vegies : vegetables
    • Vee dub : Volkswagen
    • Veg out : relax in front of the TV (like a vegetable)
    • Vejjo : vegetarian
    • Vinnie's : St. Vincent De Paul's (charity thrift stores and hostels)

    • WACA (pron. whacker) : Western Australian Cricket Association and the Perth cricket ground
    • Waggin' school : playing truant
    • Walkabout : a walk in the Outback by Aborigines that lasts for an indefinite amount of time
    • Walkabout, it's gone : it's lost, can't be found
    • Weekend warrior : army reservist
    • Whacker, whacka, wanker : Idiot; somebody who talks drivel; somebody with whom you have little patience; a dickhead
    • Whinge : complain
    • White pointers : topless (female) sunbathers
    • Wobbly : excitable behaviour ("I complained about the food and the waiter threw a wobbly")
    • Wog : flu or trivial illness
    • Wog : person of Mediterranean origin. A milder insult than the same word in the UK and perhaps elsewhere.
    • Wombat : somebody who eats, roots and leaves
    • Woop Woop : invented name for any small unimportant town - "he lives in Woop Woop"
    • Wuss : coward; nervous person or animal

    • XXXX : pronounced "Four X", brand of beer made in Queensland

    • Yabber : talk (a lot)
    • Yabby : inland freshwater crayfish found in Australia
    • Yakka : work
    • Yewy : u-turn in traffic ("chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights")
    • Yobbo : an uncouth person