Special Report

Australian Words and Phrases Americans Just Don't Get

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Sunnies

Sunglasses, for obvious reasons.

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Thongs

Not underwear or part of a revealing bikini, but flip-flops.

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Troppo

Wild or crazy; mentally deranged. It’s said that Australian troops in the Pacific during World War II used the phrase “to go troppo” to describe those whose sanity had been affected by the conditions in the tropics.

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Yakka

Also yakker and yacker. Hard work. From “yaga,” a term for work in the indigenous Yagara language.