Special Report

Australian Words and Phrases Americans Just Don't Get

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Aggro

Aggravation, or the state of being aggravated or upset.

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Arvo

Afternoon. S’arvo means “this afternoon.”

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Banana bender

Someone from the state of Queensland in northeastern Australia. Bananas are a major crop in the tropical portions of the state, and the joke is that they grow straight on trees and have to be curved into their familiar form by hand.

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Bathers

Swimwear, also known as togs or swimmers.

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Bikie

A member of a motorcycle gang. Probably not something you’d want to call a Hell’s Angel in the U.S.

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