Some Aussie Slang from Dagree’s Great Aussie Slang Website

Here are a few commonly used Aussie terms.  Some are more familiar to country people or the older generation.  If you are easily offended, please don’t read on.

Have a go, ya mug!!
act the goat
to behave foolishly.
after dark
shark (rhyming slang).
wide brimmed felt hat used for protection from sun and weather.
Albany Doctor
refreshing afternoon sea breeze in southern Western Australia.
alone like a country dunny ( a dunny is an outdoor toilet)
alone; lonely; abandoned.
all behind in Melbourne
pertaining to a large posterior (Western Australian expression).
all froth and no beer
superficial; silly.
all laired up
dressed in your best clothes; flashily dressed.
all over the place like a mad woman’s breakfast
in a state of chaos.
all piss and wind
boastful; full of shit.
all wool and a yard wide
authentic and totally trustworthy.
alley up
to pay back a debt.
a horse.
amber fluid
amen snorter
ankle – biter
toddler; small child.
Apple Isle
ok; all right (eg: she’ll be apples).
argue the toss
to dispute a decision.
around the twist
arse around
to fool around.
arse off
to depart; to leave.
arsed out
dismissed; fired from current job.
arse – licker
sycophant; yes-man (also called a boot – licker)
arse – up
to make a mess of things; to fall over.
despicable person (eg: He’s a real arsehole).
an exclamation meaning “nonsense”.
as long as your arse points to the ground
as much chance as pushing shit up hill
not a chance at all.
Aussie battler
an ordinary Australian trying to make ends meet.
Aussie salute
the flapping away of ever – persistent flies from one’s face.
Australian as meat pie
typically or authentically Australian.
autumn leaf
a jockey who continually falls off.
‘ave a go, ya mug!!!
cricket fans’ cry to a slow batsman (also used in other sports).
away with the pixies/birdies
day dreaming; intoxicated; in another world.
axle grease



Sculptures by the Sea 2012 part 3.

These are some more photos of the Sculptures by the Sea 2012 exhibition at Bondi and Tamarama.  I love the way they blend with the natural background of rock, sand and sea.  They looked so much better in a natural environment than they would have in a building.  Enjoy!

Most of wooden climbing man. He was almost hidden against the rock as he blended in so well.
Legs of climbing wooden man.
Giant red chilli with 3 paper boats in background.
Close up of paper boats.

I love this construction made out of rusty wire. It looked magnificent against the backdrop of the raging sea.
This sculpture was made out of white plastic knives and forks. It was hidden away in a little crevice and looked to me like seaweed or sea foam. Beautiful!
Another view. It looks like it is actually flowing.
Another photo of the forest of bamboo windchimes taken from the descent down the hill towards Bondi Beach.

Great atmospheric photos of old abandoned Fun Fair in Wichita.

rambles about rambling

I made my way to Joyland, again. This time their were no rambunctious teenagers nor police men! Yay. It was a last minute decision and I’m glad that I did go. It’s such a wonderful place to visit, even in its dilapidated state. 

I only ever went to Joyland twice, while it was still an open theme park. I had fun and was pretty bummed that it was closed down, especially since it was one less thing to do in the already sparse list of things to do in Wichita. 

ImageImageImageImageThis is the Whacky Shack, by far my most favorite of all the buildings. Walking through it is eerie. The first time, of course, was a little more haunting than the second time — especially since one of the doors slammed close while were midway through the ride. Not a great thing to experience when you’re standing in pitch black darkness. Fun…

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More Photos of Sculptures by the Sea 2012

Here are a few more of the sculptures I saw on Monday on the Coogee Beach to Bondi walk.  My favourite is the giant windchime forest made out of 222 huge bamboo poles with whirring attachments (Balinese scarecrows).  The collective of artists and architects who produced it built it in honour of the 222 victims of the Bali bombing and named it Mengenang, the Indonesian word for memory.   They reminded me of the little hand-held spinning mini windmills that used to be sold at the Easter Show.  As the wind was so fierce they were making a really loud humming noise, which could be heard for quite a distance.  I also loved the quirky rabbit man and dog woman on the donkey.

This one reminded me of a mixture of a seal and an old Viking boat.
The bamboo windchime forest
Another view of the windchimes furiously whirring away with Bondi Beach in background.

Dog man and rabbit woman on donkey

Quotes About Memory (


“There either is or is not, that’s the way things are. The colour of the day. The way it felt to be a child. The saltwater on your sunburnt legs. Sometimes the water is yellow, sometimes it’s red. But what colour it may be in memory, depends on the day. I’m not going to tell you the story the way it happened. I’m going to tell it the way I remember it.”

Pumpkin Hummus

I came across this recipe on the website.  It looks delicious, and I’m a great fan of pumpkin in all its forms as well as loving hummus,  so I will be trying this recipe.  I might add some chilli instead of cumin as I love it.  I will probably use Lebanese bread instead of pita bread which I will heat up in the stove with a little olive oil on it and then cut up into triangles.  It should be delicious, healthy AND low in fat which is a winning combo!

1. Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin and a little olive oil replace the tahini in this seasonal hummus recipe! This is great with pita triangles or fresh veggies for dipping.


  • 15 ounce can of garbanzo beans
  • 2 cloves of raw garlic
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil + extra for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds


1. Throw all of your ingredients except the pumpkin seeds into your blender and process until smooth.

2. Transfer to a glass bowl with a lid, and chill until you’re ready to serve. Drizzle with the extra olive oil and top with the pumpkin seeds just before serving.

Image: jules:stonesoup / Flickr