Salvo’s : Salvation army
Sandshoes : Tennis shoes, sneakers, runners
Sang-a : A sandwich
Sausage roll : A cheap small round pastry roll filled with a sausage like meat
Serviette : A table napkin
Scared the living Ricky’s out of me : A peculiar localism for scared the living daylights out of me
Schooner : A large glass of beer in the state of New South Wales
Scone : A small (baked) muffin made from fresh dough.
Scrub : Bush, and just about any bush outside of city limits. 2. Decline, reject, repel
Scrub up : Shape up, prepare yourself mentally. 2. Clean up, make like fresh or new
See-saw : Teeter totter. e.g. The common children’s nursery rhyme: See-saw Marjory Daw, Johnny shall have a new master
Shag on a rock : Deserted, abandoned, rejected
Shagged : Completely fatigued, tied or weary
Shanghai : A young child’s catapult, usually made from a small, forked branch of a tree and rubber strap cut from an old inner tube
Sheila : A general term for an Australian woman or girl
She’ll be right : Everything is under control, do not concern yourself
She’s apples : An emphatic “yes”, statement of agreement, everything is okay. See also Sweet 2. Everything is ok, stop worrying. e.g. “She’s apples mate, you won the race by a mile.” See below: She’s right mate
She’s right mate : I’m ok. Everything is alright
Shemozzle : An uproar, commotion or free-for-all. 2. A cluttered mess or mishap. 3. A state of dilemma, perplexity or bewilderment
Shilling : A silver (outdated Australian currency ) coin with a value of twelve pennies. Roughly the size of a United States twenty five cent coin. See also Bob
Shirty : Irritated, aggravated, annoyed
Shivoo : A festivity, party, celebration
Shifting : Moving at remarkable speed. e.g. “Look at that bloke go, he is really shifting along”
Shoot through : An impolite term, to ask or direct someone to leave. e.g. “Shoot through, mate! I’m not interested, okay!” 2. To leave in a hurry
Shoot through like a Bondi tram : The original phrase to signify a person who is in a great rush or hurry. 2. To suddenly depart
Shonky : Dubious, crooked, suspect. 2. Inferior, second-rate, substandard quality
Shorty : A tall person. The Aussies strange sense of humour certainly comes to the fore in respect to other individuals handicaps
Shout : The act of treating another person to a drink. 2. A complimentary drink or succession of drinks. 3. An individual’s (unselfish) obligation to pay
Shouting : Paying. “Who’s shouting for the next round of drinks?”
Shut your face : An impolite request for someone to stop talking
Sickie : A paid day off work due to illness
Skerrick : A diminutive, inadequate or insufficient amount. e.g. “You might as well eat it all because there’s only a skerrick of it left”
Skinny as a rake : Self explanatory. e.g. “If old William loses any more weight, he will look as skinny as a rake”
Skite : To exaggerate, boast or brag
Skiter : A person who exaggerates, boasts or brags
Skiting : Skiting is the act of “skite”
Sling off at : To jeer, mock or ridicule a person or a group of people. e.g. “Don’t sling off at me or I’ll dong you!
Sling shot : A young boys catapult. See also shanghai
Slops : Australian beer
Sloppy Joe : Sweatshirt or top
Smackers : Legal tender, cash, money. See also Moolah
Smash repairs : Motor vehicle body shop
Smoko : A short break, rest or recess. Usually work related. The original term was derived from taking a few minutes rest to smoke a cigarette
Smoodge : To cuddle, embrace or hug a member of the opposite sex
Smoodger : A person who flatters others with elegant words or speech
Snag : A sausage. See also Banger
Snaily : Aggressive, unfriendly, hostile. e.g. “Keep away from the neighbour’s dog, he is real snaily!”
Sneak Peek : A short glance, a quick look. e.g. “Did you hear the teacher left the test results in the classroom? Yes, I even got a chance to take a sneak peek at them.” Also used just as “peak. See also See also Squiz
Solicitor : Lawyer or Attorney
Sooky : Cry baby, whimper, complainer
Sort : Woman. 2. Strong approval of the opposite sex. “Boy, look at her she’s a real sort! See also top sort
Sort someone out : To find out all about someone. 2. To engage in a confrontation or reprehend another individual
Southerly : A strong wind or gale from the south. Also called “Southerly buster ” See also Buster
SP bookie : A daring capitalist (business person) who involves themselves in an unlawful enterprise relating to horse race events
Sparrow fart : The awakening of daybreak
Spanner : Wrench
Spewing : Regurgitating. 2. Inflamed with anger, enraged, infuriated
Spit the dummy : Stop acting like a fool. e.g. “Why don’t you just spit the dummy and grow up, okay!”
Spin a yarn : An exaggerated story or tall tale
Sport : A disliked individual. Usually if a person is addressed with the word “sport” it denotes uneasiness, dislike or even hostility towards such one. However, if he is your mate, cobber or friend, then he is a “Good Sport
Spot on : Just right, accurate, correct. e.g. “Do I like it? Yes, it’s spot on!”
Sponger : A person who mooches or lives of others. 2. A person with a strong dislike for work. See also Bludger
Square off : To fix-up or rectify matters. 2. An admission, apology or justification
Squiz : An observation, peep or glance. Compare Sneak Peek
Squatter : A person who unlawfully takes over the living rights to another person’s property. 2. Owner of a large property (ranch) in the outback
Stands out like dog’s balls : Very obvious, you can’t miss it
Stand over : An act of force, aggression or action. e.g. “Don’t think you can use those stand over tactics with me”
Station : A large ranch or spread in the Australian outback
Sticky : A short glance or look. See also Sneak Peek
Sticky tape : Scotch tape
Stiff : Too bad (for you) or tough luck. 2. An informant, snitch or squealer. 3. Deficient, lacking, short of money. e.g. “I’m sorry mate, I can’t loan you money, I’m a little stiff myself at present!”
Stinking : Overabundance, excess, surplus. In Australia if you are materially well off then you are “Stinking” rich!
Stinking hot : Extreme, unbearable temperature. Mainly spoken in relation to weather conditions, stinking weather it’s stinking hot or extremely cold
Stone chips : Nicks in motor vehicles exterior paintwork
Stone the crows : Astonished, bewildered or surprised. 2. Displeasure, annoyance or irritation. 3. See Struth
Strewn: Scattered, spread, stretched
Struth : A shout of astonishment, mild shock or surprise
Strides : A man’s pants or trousers. See also Daks
Strine : An abbreviated word for “Australia” also the term used to describe the unique Australian language
Stroke : In a sentence an Australian says “stroke” not slash
Stop laughing : Another intriguing term meaning, “Stop your criticizing or complaining”
Stone motherless broke : Utterly and positively broke
Stone Yarra : Completely mad or crazy
Stubby : A small bottle of beer
Stubbies : Short, shorts for men
Stunned mullet : A depiction to denote stupidity. e.g. “Don’t just lie there like a stunned mullet, do something”
Surfer’s : Surfers paradise, a fun and sun drenched city situated alongside a popular beach on a twenty mile stretch known as the Gold coast in the far north state of Queensland. Regarded as Australia’s best Real Estate
Sultana : A large raisin
Sun : See Never saw the sun shine brighter
Sunbake : Suntan
Sunnies : Sunglasses
Suss : Someone or something suspect
Swag : Personal belongings swaddled together in a small bundle
Swaggie : A derelict person, drifter or hobo
Sweat : See No sweat
Sweat on it : To linger around in a uneasy mood. To await the outcome of a situation, event or happening
Sweet : Splendid, marvellous, superb. See also She’s apples
Swimmers : Swim suit. See also Cossie or Togs
Sydneysider : A resident of the city of Sydney, New South Wales


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