How to Speak Australian, Part one: Addressing People from other States and Countries

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How to Speak Australian
Part one: Addressing People from other States and Countries


Someone from South Australia

1. Someone from Western Australia
2. A sand-burrowing desert insect

Top Ender
Someone from the Northern Territory

Apple Islander
Someone from Tasmania

Someone from Tasmania

Someone from south of the border (i.e. in New South Wales, a Mexican is someone from Victoria; in Queensland, a Mexican is someone from New South Wales)

New Zealander

English born person

An American

An American

Kelvin_Suker says:
Seppo -- A contraction of Septic Tank -- Rhymes with Yank.
Posted on: May 06, 2008
hawkeye372 says:
Hey thanks for the info on your blog
G'day, thanks for the tips, mate! This seppo will brush up on your notes before visiting your beautiful country and the Kiwis this January. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oy, Oy, Oy :-D
Posted on: Nov 25, 2007
Chelsea says:
Lol now is probably the time to post my little disclaimer: everyone, please use your new-found vocabulary with caution; in all my social circles, we use these nicknames as terms of endearment. But unfortunately there are some yobbo's around who do use do use them in a derogatory manner!
Apparently seppo can also be used to describe a person from New South Wales (because Queensland is supposed to be like Canada, and NSW is apparently USA and Vic is Mexico... but I've never actually heard that one. I only read about it the other day!)
Seppo itself is relatively new - all the other nicknames are actually in the Macquarie (Australian) Dictionary.
Posted on: Apr 29, 2007
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