An Australian Conversation

“How ya been, Brucey?”
“Oh yeah, mate – flat out like a lizard drinkin’.”
“You been earning a quid? You’re usually craftier than a dunny rat!”
“I’m as mad as a cut snake about it, too.”

Just a short Australian conversation for this weekend’s Trifecta Challenge, who wanted us to use an animal as a descriptor. As an Australian, the hardest part was choosing which Australianisms to use, just google “Australian Slang” and you’ll see what I mean…

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17 thoughts on “An Australian Conversation

  1. Marie says:

    Quite creative mate! 🙂

  2. this is one of my favorites! i can hear this conversation goin on!

  3. Greybeard says:

    “Fair suck of the sav, mate! Do we talk like that?”

  4. That right out in the outback – fun!

  5. Christine says:

    That was absolutely unintelligible. 🙂

  6. jannatwrites says:

    This is technically English, right? 🙂 I had to laugh simply because I don’t know what most of it means!

    • Yeah, I know, sometimes you have to think quite hard before you cotton on to what bushies are talking about, here’s an Australian Slang Dictionary that seems pretty accurate: http://www.koalanet.com.au/australian-slang.html

      In this story the language is : “flat out” which means you are really busy, and lizards need to lie flat on their bellies to drink = as busy as you can be. “Earn a quid” means to make money, quid being a pound (£) which is our old currency and England’s current one. “Cunning as a dunny rat” means as cunning as a rat that lives in a toilet (pretty cunning to avoid shit) and “Mad as a cut snake” a snake’s head keeps biting after you cut it off, and imagine how angry a snake you cut would be.

  7. Greybeard says:

    Corse it’s English. Man that write like that, he’s gotta be flash as a rat with a gold tooth!

  8. ganymeder says:

    Cute! And I learned something new! 🙂

  9. Mridula says:

    Nice sharing…and frankly didn’t get them until I googled 🙂

  10. Ha, only real ockers talk like that. Bogans. What you Americans would call ‘rednecks’. And there aren’t as many ‘Bruces’ but rather plenty of ‘Gavin, Darren and Sharons’, aka ‘Gazza, Dazza and Shazza’.

    • oh wait, you’re aussie. facepalm.

      • Yeah, but I have to agree, I don’t think I’ve heard any of these ‘in the wild’ for a long while. I may have uttered the phrase ‘flat out like a lizard drinking’ at some point though.

        I love this sort of colloquialism, no matter where in the world they come from – can you get more descriptive than ‘as cunning as a shit-house rat?’ I think not…

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