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15 Australian Food Terms That Are Way Better Than Ours

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Can I have an Adam’s Ale? And other slang terms

Australia’s uniqueness stems in part from its wildlife, — kangaroos are only found in Australia and Papua New Guinea — its history, and the fact that it’s the world’s smallest continent. But another aspect of the country that first-time travelers have to get used to is Australian slang and pronunciation, which is called strine. This is a place where seriously ill translates to “as crook as Rookwood,” with “crook” meaning sick and “Rookwood” referring to Australia’s largest cemetery.

Trying to advise someone not to try to fool you? Tell them, “Don’t come the raw prawn.” And if someone asks to hang out “this arvo,” you’ll want to meet them in the afternoon. When it comes to food terms, Australians really have us beat. Who wouldn’t want to ask for “bum-nuts” for breakfast or “lobbies” for dinner? They also make run-of-the-mill items sound fancy, with “aubergines” and “saveloys.” Check out 15 of Australia’s best food terms and consider adopting them into your everyday speech (with credit to the Aussies, of course).

Adam’s Ale — water

Amber Fluid — beer

Aubergine — eggplant

Barbie — barbeque

Bickie — biscuit

Bum-nuts — eggs

Coldie—– a cold bottle of beer

Crisps — potato chips

Cuppa — a cup of tea

Lobbies — Lobsters

Murphy — potato

Sanger — sandwich

Saveloy — hot dog

Slab — 24-pack of beer

Snatch-and-Grab — take-out food

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