A guide to Kwaussie slang

We all know that, at times, Australians speak their own language, ‘Strine. But what about our neighbours in New Zealand?

It turns out that the language of New Zealanders can be just as confusing for outsiders.

So, after Kwaussie was named the Australian Word of the Year in 2017, in the spirit of neighbourly understanding, we thought it was time to learn New Zealand.

Hopefully, our Australian and New Zealand slang guide will  help us bridge the Kwaussie divide.

Kwaussie slang


New Zealand slang


Aussie slang




corner dairy


milk bar


A small grocery shop

jandals thongs Known as flip-flops in the UK, defined in the Australian National Dictionary as: A flat-soled sandal held on the foot by a bifurcated thong passing between the first and second toes.
puku belly/pot A person’s stomach or belly, is from Maori
bach beach shack/bush shack Short for ‘bachelor’, the verb means to live alone and to do one’s own cooking and housekeeping, but the noun denotes a small holiday house
munted stuffed In a state of disastrous disintegration; broken or ruined
kai tucker Kai, meaning food, is from Maori
tramp bushwalk While tramp means ‘to walk heavily’ in many varieties of English, only in New Zealand is someone likely to use the word to mean ‘walk for long distances in rough country for recreation’. The term ‘bushwalk’ is more commonly used in Australia.
wop wops woop woop A remote town or district

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