Australian dictionary gets a few choice phrases

This bloke is going straight to the pool room. Photo / Getty Images
This bloke is going straight to the pool room. Photo / Getty Images

In a sign of the times, babyccino and long black are among more than 6000 new words and phrases officially recognised in the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary.

But the latest release also includes some iconic Aussie fare such as battered sav, chiko roll, dagwood dog and fairy bread.

Old mates enjoying your classic saussie roll. Photo / Getty Images
Old mates enjoying your classic saussie roll. Photo / Getty Images

"Carry on like a pork chop", "couldn't run a chook raffle" and "a cup of tea, a Bex and good lie down" are included in the definitions and history of 16,000 words and phrases unique to Australia.

In a tribute to our mates across the ditch, we made like Alf Stewart to bring you some of the best Aussie lingo we could find.

Food and drink
babychino, battered sav, boston bun, chateau cardboard, chiko roll, chocolate crackle, copha, dagwood dog, Devonshire tea, fairy bread, goon of fortune, kransky, long black, neenish tart, nibblies, short soup, snag, snot block.

Terms for people
bogan, bronzed Aussie, bush baptist, callithumpian, chardonnay socialist, checkout chick, firie, grey nomad, Mrs Kafoops, mungo, pube, rurosexual, saltwater people, seachanger, sepp, skip, tradie.

The world of politics
aspirational voter, branch stacking, captain's pick, economic rationalism, Hawkespeak, Howard's battlers, keep the bastards honest, micro party, mortgage belt, negative gearing, scrutineer, small-liberal, tent embassy, true believer, two-party preferred, wombat trail.

Phrases and idioms
I don't know if I'm Arthur or Martha; your blood's worth bottling; do a Bradbury; carry on like a pork chop; couldn't run a chook raffle; a cup of tea, a Bex, and a good lie down; dry as a dead dingo's donger; happy as a bastard on father's day; straight to the pool room; it would kill a brown dog; stacks on the mill; he wouldn't know if a tram was up him unless the conductor rang the bell; he wouldn't work in an iron lung.

Indigenous words
akudjura (a bush tomato), bilma (a clapstick), bunji (a mate), dayang (a heath mouse), gubinge (a kind of plum), jarjum (a baby or young child), kumanjayi (a substitute name for a person who has died), migaloo (a white person), minga (a tourist), rakali (a water rat), tjukurpa (the Dreaming), yidaki (a didgeridoo). Other terms derived from indigenous culture include: deadly, Invasion Day, secret women's business, songline, welcome to country

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