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Aborigine (racial slur). The shortform for Aboriginal Australians with racist historical usage.


An academic. Someone with great theoretical or hypothetical – rather than practical or useful – knowledge.

Aerial Ping-Pong

A playfully derisive name given to the game of Australian Rules Football by non-followers. It comes from observation that players frequently use long, high kicks through the air to pass the ball (footy, sherrin, prune, pill) to each other.


A famous rural felt hat with a wide brim and shallow crown.

Alice, The

Alice Springs, the third largest town in the Northern Territory. Noted for its harmony and lack of social issues.

Ant’s Pants

The height of fashion and style. Or used in a negative sense of someone with an unreasonably high opinion of themselves. ‘Ant’s pants’ is used in the same way that ‘bee’s knees’ is.


Australian soldier. Anzac is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, originating from the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. The Anzac spirit or attitude is one of determination and courage in adversity.


Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand. In Maori it means ‘the land of the long white cloud’.

Origin: New Zealand


An intensifier meaning ‘equal to’. For example, rather than saying ‘sweet as apple pie’, or ‘sweet as anything’, Kiwis will shorten this to just ‘sweet as’.

Origin: New Zealand

Ashes, The

The name of the trophy in a test cricket competition held regularly between Australia and England. The ashes are literally the burned remains of a stump now held in the trophy (an urn).


An Australian. Pronounciation as in ‘Ozzy Osbourne’.

Avago ya mug

Have a go, you mug. Said to encourage someone to do something they might otherwise puss out of.