There are some words and phrases that are uniquely Australian and make us prouder than watching Oprah’s Aussie Adventure. Others, that make us cringe and want to go hide behind a gumtree. Or dive into a billabong.
According to a new study by McCrindle Research:
From the distinctive flash of green and gold at a sporting match, to the friendly “G’day mate” offered to a neighbour or friend, Australia has numerous symbols, phrases and icons that define us as a nation. But which of these really count to the everyday Aussie, and which have become just a distant stereotype of an Australia long-gone?
Our national spirit is tied strongly to our words and phrases. And it seems that our unique Australian words are not only iconic, but well regarded by Australians. Top of the list was “mate” at 65.6% extremely/very proud of this word, 2nd was “g’day” (60.7% extremely/very proud) followed by “arvo”, “tucker” and “snags”. However of all Australian terms, “arvo” is the most used by Australians (73.2% use this term) followed by “g’day” (71.1%).
What Aussie words, phrases and icons do you love to use and which do you wish would curl up and die? I’d like to nominate Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi in the latter category…….