Special Report

Australian Words and Phrases Americans Just Don't Get

Source: PeopleImages / Getty Images

Garbo

Not a reclusive Swedish film star of an earlier era — a garbage collector.

Source: Ridofranz / Getty Images

Good on ya

Well done; good going; good for you.

Source: Asadnz / Getty Images

Lay-by

The system of advance partial payment for merchandise that we call layaway.

Source: Dave Kotinsky / Getty Images for McDonald's
Macca’s

Mickey D’s — McDonald’s.

Source: pxel66 / Getty Images

Moz

Jinx or bad influence. Also to jinx. From the Hebrew “mazzal,” luck, probably brought to Australia by German Jewish immigrants.