Special Report

Australian Words and Phrases Americans Just Don't Get

Colman Andrews

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Mozzie

Also mossie. A mosquito.

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Ocker

A stereotypical boorish Australian man; a bogan (see above). Possibly from a man named Oscar.

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Onya

“On you,” as in “Good onya” (see above).

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Pom

Also pomme, pommy, or pommie. Originally any immigrant from the British Isles; now applied to Brits (and especially the English) in general. The term might derive from “pomegranate,” inexact rhyming slang for “immigrant.”

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Possie

A position or place, as in a good possie to sit.