You know you’re Australian when…

Nell sent me this today, and I’m feeling a bit homesick after reading it, so I thought I’d share it. Might not make sense to those not lucky enough to be born in Oz, but that’s one of the things we like.. :)   [EDIT:  Oh – and to all those who were asking me to spell arse correctly – i’ve amended.  sorry for the change, i do know how to spell arse, but thought all the americans in the audience wouldn’t know what it was, let alone what a footpath was!  now amended both.}

You know you’re Australian when…

1. You’re familiar with Neighbours, Home and Away, Playschool, A Country Practice, Norman Gunston, Barry Humphries, Blue Heelers, Ray Martin, Bert Newton, Lisa McCune, Jon Burgess, Number 96, Molly Meldrum, Kerry O’Brien, and of course, Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch.

2. You know that Burger King doesn’t exist. It’s Hungry Jacks.

3. You know that snow is a memorable and freakish occurrence. Sometimes it’s even fake.

4. You know the difference between thongs and a G-string.

5. You know that “stubbies” are either short shorts or small beer bottles, a “gimp”, “bogan” or “geezer” is a random idiot, someone in trouble is in “strife” and you’re liable to burst out laughing whenever you hear of Americans “rooting” for something.

4. You know how to abbreviate every word, all of which usually end in -o: arvo, combo, garbo, kero, lezzo, metho, milko, muso, rego, servo, smoko, speedo, righto etc.

5. You know that some ppl pronounce Australia like “Strayla” and that’s ok.

6. You know that there is a universal place called “woop woop” located in the middle of nowhere… no matter where you actually are.

7. You know that while we call our friends ‘mates’, we don’t use terms like ‘sheila’ and ‘shrimp on the barbie’, contrary to popular belief.

8. You know that none of us actually drink Fosters beer, because it tastes like shit. But we let the world think we do. Because we can.

9. You’ve seen Gallipoli, Crocodile Dundee, Young Einstein, Muriel’s Wedding, The Castle, Beneath Clouds, Strictly Ballroom, 40,000 Horsemen, and maybe even WolfCreek.

10. It makes you happy when someone in Hollywood is actually Australian… Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Baz Luhrman, Elle MacPherson, Olivia Newton-John, Midnight Oil, ACDC, INXS, Greg Norman, Cathy Freeman, Dawn Fraser, Pat Rafter, Ian Thorpe…

11. One word: Skippy.

12. You know that Sydney 2000 was one of our proudest moments in history. We just fucking rock.

13. You know that you are not going to die of cholera or other Third World diseases (remote Aboriginal communities are a different matter)

14. You know our country has never been conquered by a foreign nation (you don’t count 1788).

15. We know that the Metric system will always be better than anything inches, feet, pounds and fahrenheit will ever offer.

16. You drive on the left-hand side of the road.

17. If you’re a pedestrian and cars are stopped at a red light, you will fearlessly cross the street in front of them. ‘Hit and runs’ just aren’t cricket. Because Aussies stick together.

18. You know that New Zealanders are basically our naive country cousins, who have a weird fush-and-chups accent and, for some bizare reason, think that they invented pavlova. They are to be pitied. They have no hope of gaining the upper hand in the endless sporting rivalry between our two nations.

19. You know that you can’t eat Fantales alone… Otherwise who will you play the ‘Who am I…’ game with when you’re reading the wrapper?

20. You know that Sydney should be the capital, because Canberra is a hole.

21. You know that Americans think we’re all Steve Irwin clones. And crickey, they couldn’t be more wrong.

22. You know that lawyers wear wigs and gowns. And we make it look good.

23. You have some time in your life slept with Aeroguard on in the summer. Maybe even as perfume.

24. You feel obliged to spread salty black stuff that looks like congealed motor oil on bread… and actually grow to like it. You’ve also squeeze Vegemite through Vita Wheats to make little Vegemite worms.

25. You believe that democracy means the freedom to draw caricatures of good ol’ Johnny Howard.

26. You have the ability to compress several words into one – ie ‘g’day’ and ‘d’reckn?’. This allows more space for profanities.

27. You’ve ever used the words – tops, ripper, sick, mad, rad, sweet – to mean good. And then you place ‘bloody’ in front of it when you REALLY mean it.

28. You know that the barbeque is a political arena; the person holding the tongs is always the boss and usually a man. And the women make the salad.

29. You say ‘no worries’ quite often, whether you realise it or not.

30. You know what fairy bread tastes like, and you can’t imagine your childhood without it.

31. You know the first verse to the national anthem, but still don’t know what “girt” means. And you’re ok with that.

32. You’ve drank your tea/coffee/milo through a Tim Tam.

33. You know that backyard cricket is a nice way to bond with family and the rubbish bin. And the ‘one bounce, one hand’ rule always applies.

34. You know that we are home to the just about all of the world’s deadliest of animals. That’s why if anybody messes with us we’ll get some funnel webs on their arses.

35. You see people walking bare-foot on the footpath and don’t scorn…. because you’re doing it too.

36. You know that in summer a seat belt buckle becomes a pretty good branding iron.

36. You know what trop-fest is and it makes you happy.

37. Sausage rolls and meat pies. End of story.

38. You firmly believe that in the end, everything will be ok and have offered advice that included the words, “she’ll be right, mate”.

39. You have a story that somehow involves an excessive consumption of booze… but you can’t remember.

40. You own a Bond’s chesty. In several different colours.

41. You’ve ordered a steak the size as your head and only paid $5 at your local RSL.

42. You know that Italy should never have been granted that fateful kick in the 2006 Soccer World Cup. 

43. You know how to slip, slop, slap like it’s nobody’s business.

44. You’ve heard the Prime Minister dismiss anyone who disagrees with him simply as ‘un-Australian’, and that’s enough to make us sit down and shut up.

45. You know that the value of a public holiday is measured in terms of alchohol. God bless the queen and her 4-day birthday.

46. You refer to someone you like as “a total bastard”, but call someone you don’t like “a bit of a bastard”.

47. You know there’s no lbw in backyard cricket, and over the fence is out.

48. You know Drop Bears exist. Positively.

49. You know you that roo meat tastes pretty good, but not as good as barra. Or a meat pie.

50.You know Australia IS the best bloody place on earth. Bar none.

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About Miss J

Gen-x Australian female - out of my mind and my country. Cast adrift, as it were :) Enjoys: cat-cuddling, books, movies, music, theatre, travel, rpgs, cricket, F1 racing and all things to do with the sea..
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18 Responses to You know you’re Australian when…

  1. Emma says:

    you know you are australian when you know all the words to Khe Sanh! Beds are burning, highway to hell, land down under and working class man!!

  2. cloudburst says:

    Not to mention the classic Shuddup Ya Face or Gangajang’s ‘This is Australia’! And then there’s The Radiators classic ‘Am I ever Gonna See Your Face Again’, many AC/DC tunes, the odd Rose Tattoo number and the happy-pop wonders of the HooDoo Gurus! :)

    ah, memories! :)

  3. AussieChick says:

    You know ur an Aussie when at tea time ya kid jumps around the kitchen like a kangaroo!

  4. Kimmo says:

    You know you’re aussie when, if asked to write the lyrics of The Angel’s ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’, you automatically include the “Go away, get fucked, fuck off”.

    You also know that Kangaroos don’t live in your backyard, but will happily pretend they do to feel superior to people in foreign countries like America who think they do.

    Your red cattle dog is called ‘Bluey’.

    Also, if you’ve ever (which you would’ve) taken a car trip to some extremely distant destination for a holiday, you’ve experienced either your mum or your dads arm/hand blindly swinging at you kids in the backseat to “shut yas up”

    and when asked if you’re being honest, you reply “fuckin’ oath!”

  5. True Blue says:

    you know you’re aussie when you know “grub’s up” is a good thing

  6. emisadnozzle26 says:

    not sure all the facts are right… but bloody funny.

  7. Tom says:

    Love the list.


    34b You know that an ass is a donkey and a backside is an arse.

    35b You don’t use a sidewalk. Because it’s called a footpath.

  8. aussierogers says:

    … when you pay the builders with slabs of beer!

  9. Joey says:

    RE #34 – You know you’re aussie when you say “arse”, not “ass”!

  10. Paul says:

    Good. But you spelt arses wrong

  11. Barbara Stack says:

    You know your Australian when Short Stack is a band, not Pancakes. :D

  12. Penny says:

    when a trip isn’t measured in distance, but the amount of beer you can drink before you get there. “How far to the shops mate?”, “Awww ’bout a 6 pack”.

  13. laurabroad says:

    I am an Aussie in Canada – and this is so true. I’ve been having trouble with # 4. You know the difference between thongs and a G-string.
    I get weird looks whenever I offer to show people my “massive thing tan.”

  14. ThatAussieGirl says:

    As stated by Tom, you know an ass is a donkey and an @r$e is a bum.

    You know you’re Aussie when you believe it makes sense for the $1 coin to be twice the size of the $2 coin.

    You know you’re Aussie when you understand that ‘you’ has a plural and that’s ‘youse’.

    You know you’re Aussie when the month comes after the day when writing the date.

    You know you’re Aussie when your Christmas is either sopping wet or stinkin’ hot, depending to which compass point you live in the country.

    You know you’re Aussie when it’s natural for you to have Christmas lunch outdoors- as long as you’re sheltered from the rain if you’re in one of those rainy places.

  15. Allyce says:

    When you know all the words to and still crack up when you hear Austen tayshus – australiana and when you know you don’t want to bust your fu-fu-valve but couldn’t say where or what it is to save your life

  16. Not a big believer in Australia Day but thought this was amusing. Meanwhile it has just hit 39C or 102F outside and still on the up. Might brave the the heat for the fireworks this evening with the kids. Happy First Fleet Day.

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