Answers Page 3 - Australian Words and Phrases

The old expression "Shoot through like a Bondi Tram" means what?

  • Leave the scene very quickly.
The Bondi trams were express trams and they passed quickly through Paddington without stopping.

When someone says "see you later" what do they mean?

  • It is just a courtesy to end a conversation.
They will probably never see you again.

What is a prawn night?

  • A gathering for men only where they will drink beer and often be entertained by strippers or porno movies.

Who is Mel Gibson

  • An Australian actor, star of Braveheart and the Mad Max movies, also known as the Road Warrior movies which are continually ripped off by newer pictures.

What do Australians call a cellular phone

  • A mobile.

What is a Lamington?

  • A cake dipped in chocloate and coconut.

What is a pub crawl?

  • A group of people having a drink at several hotels in succession.

Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee) used the expression "Put another shrimp on the barbie" What does this mean?

  • The word shrimp is never used in Australia, the entire thing was made up for the American market. Paul Hogan has not advertised a product inside Australia since 1980 - and I sometimes wonder why.
  • Come on over and eat with us, let's have a party

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