10 Things You Should Never Say To An Aussie | Know Before You Go
Australians are a bunch of flaming Galahs with a satirical and ironic sense of humor, but we don’t find any of the phrases below funny at all. Here are 10 things you should never say to an Aussie, from putting shrimp on the BBQ to making fun of our national sport and favorite breakfast food.
Put one more shrimp on the grill
Before the disastrous “Where the bloody hell are you?” campaign, Paul Hogan was chosen to say “slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you” in a 1984 Tourism Australia ad. The quote would become very Australian, except that Australians don’t call shrimp “shrimp.” Instead, we call them “prawns.”
Dingo ate my baby
Aussies are known for their irreverent sense of humor, but this one goes too far. The phrase was used when Lindy Chamberlain’s daughter Azaria was taken by a dingo while they were on vacation in Uluru. Saying this to anyone is a terrible way to act considering that a baby died that night in 1980.
Vegemite is disgusting
How dare you! Vegemite is a special treat, and like all special treats, less of it is better. Don’t eat it by the spoonful, and don’t slather it on toast like you would butter or jam. If you follow these simple steps, you too can be a Happy Little Vegemite, as our unofficial national anthem says. Also, it’s a good thing that it’s one of the best sources of vitamin B. Even Miley Cyrus likes it so much that she has a tattoo of a jar of it on her arm.
What makes Australia different from New Zealand?
Don’t get us wrong, we love our cousins across the ditch, but Australia and New Zealand are two very different places that are separated by more than 2,000 kilometers. Comparing the two is like thinking that the United States and Canada are the same. Aside from the fact that they are in different places and are not the same country, each has its own culture and landscape. Even though our flags look alike, each country has its own identity.
Fosters is the best beer in the world, no question
You’ve never had a Carlton Draught, that’s for sure. Fosters is an Australian brand, but it’s not their favorite beer. The British, on the other hand, love it. In fact, Fosters isn’t even one of our top 10 favorite beers. If you want to drink like a real Australian, choose Victoria Bitter or, even better, support a microbrewery in your area.
I dislike AFL
Sport is a big part of Australian culture, and AFL is our national game, so it’s best not to say anything bad about the footy, even though it’s not illegal. To give you an idea of how much Australians love AFL, it has the fourth most fans of any professional sport in the world, and the Friday before the Grand Final is a public holiday and parade in Victoria.
You mean Jenner when you say Kylie, right?
Kylie is a national treasure, and as far as any Australian is concerned, she is the only one, and she doesn’t sell overpriced lipstick. The undisputed Princess of Pop is a cultural icon. From Scott and Charlene’s wedding on Neighbours to her hugely successful music career, she has done a lot to make her name known.
The best coffee is American.
You’re kidding, right? What’s the point of getting dishwater when you order a triple venti soy latte with extra whip and caramel drizzle? In Australia, coffee is an art form, and baristas, especially in Melbourne, have a lot of training. Australians like local coffee shops better than big chains, and a typical menu will have pour over, aeropress, cold drip, and cappuccino options.
I don’t like slang
Sorry, mate, but you’re now in Australia, where everything is shortened. As a general rule, any proper noun with three syllables will have a shorter version. For example, McDonald’s is shortened to “Maccas.” Also, we have a long list of words that don’t make sense, and when we talk about our friends, we use offensive words. Take this traffic report as an example of a typical sentence: “Got a bingle out in Broady. There are Towies on site, so it’s crowded in that direction.”
The real name for them is flip-flops.
They aren’t, no! They are called thongs, and every summer wardrobe needs them. The term flip-flops doesn’t even make sense. They aren’t crabby patties because you can’t turn them over and wear them both ways. Admit it, the word is stupid, and everyone should use our word instead.
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