Use That Strine in a Sentence

A reader of our blog asked if we could provide sentence usage samples of Australian slang. Okay, I’ll give it a go as it only seems fair. Now, for those of you reading this who are born Australian, please forgive my mediocre attempts at mimicking your Aussie speech patterns. I can only compose the sentences based on my still somewhat limited experience listening to other Aussies talk.

For kicks, I’ll have characters talking to one another while using Aussie slang. Again, I apologise if the sentences seem a bit contrived.

Stevo (nickname of Steve) and Macca (nickname of someone with a surname that has Mc/Mac in it like McDonald) bumped into each other outside the train station ten days from Christmas.

Stevo: “Oy! Macca, you bloody bastard!”

Macca: “Mate! So, how’s it going?”

Stevo: “I’m good, thanks. You?”

Macca: “I’m good. How’s Bronwyn?”

Stevo: “The wife’s still a bit crook but I’m taking her to hospital again this arvo.”

Macca: “I reckon she’ll be right. She’s a strong sheila.”

Stevo: “Yeah. She’s sworn off ciggies now.”

Macca: “Yeah. Yeah. Those fags will kill you.”

Stevo: “Hey, hang on. Don’t you have work today?”

Macca: “Oh, yeah. I chucked a sickie. I wanted to have a break, you know?”

Stevo: “Hahaha. No worries, mate. I won’t dob on ya.”

Macca: “Thanks, mate.”

Stevo: “So, what are you doing out here? If I were you, I’d be having a ripper of a time at home watching my best of footy DVD collection.”

Macca: “I had to return this dodgy Esky to the shops. I reckon it isn’t fair dinkum. I lost the docket though. Must’ve chucked it in the rubbish bin.”

Stevo: “You’ll be right. I had to exchange my boy’s daggy daks with no docket the other day because it was too small. No dramas.”

Macca: “I hope so. Otherwise, I’m stuffed.”

Stevo: “This time of year, I’m sure heaps of people will still buy it off you on eBay if it came to that.”

Macca: “Or I can just donate the bloody thing to the Salvos.”

Stevo: “Yeah. They’d be happy to get anything this Chrissie. I already gave away our old manchester and doona, a couple of old thongs and my gray sunnies.”

Macca: “The old Oakley one? That would’ve made for a grouse Chrissie prezzy. Even if they were used.”

Stevo: “Nothing I can do about it now.”

Macca: “I still haven’t decided on what to give my brother’s boys.”

Stevo: “Chokkies and lollies are bloody cheap these days.”

Macca: “Yeah. I might go with that at the end of the day. I don’t have heaps of cash on me to buy something dear.”

Stevo: “I take it you didn’t get your compo then?”

Macca: “Yeah, nah, yeah. My lawyer must’ve been mucking around. He said something’s wrong with my docos.”

Stevo: “That’s dodgy.”

Macca: “Bloody oath.”

Stevo: “Anyway, you wanna grab a brekkie?”

Macca: “Nah. I’m right. I already had a couple of bikkies and a cuppa at the milk bar back there.”

Stevo: “You sure? My shout. I won the scratchy just the other day.”

Macca: “Good on ya! But, hey, weren’t you whinging about not ever winning the scratchies and the pokies?”

Stevo: “Yeah. I’m just stoked I won when I did.”

Macca: “Ha! I’d be rapt, too, hey. I’ll have to let you go though. I still have an esky to return.”

Stevo: “No worries. I’ll just call you and we can have a barbie over the weekend.”

Macca: “Beauty. I’ll bring some tucker over.”

Stevo: “Bloody ripper. See ya then.”

Macca: “Right. See ya.”

As the two mates parted ways, a ute with an expired rego chucked a yewy by the side road almost hitting the pashing uni students. (I know this last bit was totally unnecessary.)

So, there you go. You probably won’t hear a lot of Aussies use these much strine slang in such a short span of time. I’m not even 100 percent sure I used all of the strine correctly but I think it’s close enough for this exercise.

To understand most of the words used above, refer to my previous entry about Australian Slang. That’s where the original request on “how to use the australian slangs in the way of talking” came from. Also, there are a lot of other more comprehensive Australian Strine Slang dictionaries on the web. All you need to do is Google it.

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Published in: on August 24, 2006 at 12:14 pm  Comments (9)