All posts tagged: slang

pass the dead horse

– Yep, that’s right. ‘Pass the dead horse’ actually means something to Australians – something other than walking by/picking up and moving a horse carcass. ‘Dead horse’ is Australian rhyming slang for ‘tomato sauce’. There are a lot of examples of rhyming slang – ‘Joe Blake’ for snake, ‘trouble and strife’ for wife – but these are rarely used today by Australia’s younger generations, especially not in the cities. Nevertheless, there are quite a few Australian slang terms that are used by everyone – young and old. Here is a smattering of the most common Aussie slang, some terms more regional than others. Hopefully by learning these you’ll save yourself from the otherwise inevitable awkward moments… AFL = Australian Football League arvo = afternoon Aussie = Australian Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi = a patriotic chant used particularly at sporting events Aussie rules = AFL football barbie = barbeque barrack = cheer someone/something on (‘He barracks for Collingwood footy club’) bathers = bathing suit bikkie = biscuit/cookie bloke = man bloody oath = very true bludger = a …