Searching online for Australian trivia, I realized: Some people overseas are still VERY confused regarding Australian facts, and especially ‘Australian slang’ 😊
As I spiralled down a Twitter hole of fascinating Australian questions, I thought id assist in setting some of the facts straight.
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Some have no idea what or where we are:
Many think we have dangerous animals constantly preying on us:
The old classic ‘Do Australians ride Kangaroos’?
This is funny to Australians, as the chance of riding a Kangaroo is similar to betting money on a Cane Toad race.
I take that back, Cane Toad racing in Queensland is a very real thing! For more info and how to get involved, see here 🐸🤣.
Truthfully, no one rides Kangaroos (that I’ve heard of), and as much as I love the idea of being carried in a Kangaroo pouch, these small pockets are kept exclusively for baby Kangaroos (Joeys) 😊.
But it’s the European Australian slang that has Twitter in a tizz:
There’s common sense questions:
And some plain weird questions!
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Not sure I have much of a conclusion, except that yes we are laidback *lazy with our language, and without visiting our country, seeing Australia only through mainstream media is buying a very warped view!
Indigenous Australians don’t usually talk in slang the way ‘European Australians’ do, and for good reason. Indigenous Australians have their own languages, depending on each community, particular place, and people.
In 2020, the Djambarrpuyngu language was recorded as the most spoken Indigenous language in Australia.
If you are from Australia and have anything to add to this conversation, id love to know. If you’re an international traveller and also have any questions, no matter how random, id love to know too 🙂