Ok, I'll start a thread too!
In an effort to help our non -Aussies understand our lingo, I'll start a thread on our slang words and / or words that are parculiar, common, here in Aust. So everybody, get onboard & add to the list...
Yes, in Aust we REALLY DO use the word MATE.
The word MATE means; friend, pal, buddy. Some people call their spouse MATE, as in their BEST MATE.Or a BEST MATE can be someone you consider really special. It's common to hear; "G'day Mate", said as a greeting.I think the origin of the word stems from World War 1. I may be wrong here on that, but I believe I heard that somewhere. The "Diggers" used the word in reference to their; "MATE". Please anyone, correct me if this is inaccurate.
This is another AUSSIE-ISM. It also is used to describe a friend, pal, buddy. Not as frequently used as the word "MATE". But was VERY much an often used word back in the 40's & 50's. We also used to have lollies called COBBERS! LOL Anyone old enough to remember those?
Well.... I've started it.....