How to Speak Like A Bogan

May 28, 2016

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The Bogan accent is highly distinguishable. It is high-pitched, relies heavily on abbreviated words and use of profanity. Firstly, if you talk in ‘Bogan Speak’, you will sound like an idiot and you will never get a girlfriend/boyfriend. It's your choice. Secondly – I have kept out the ‘F’ word and the ‘C’ word. It’s a given that any sentences the Bogan utters will contain either of those two words, either together or singularly. In ‘Bogan Speak’ those two words are commonly interchanged as nouns, adjectives and verbs and are too complicated to add to this list. Also, if a word is over 8 letters in length, Bogan don't use it. Simple.


So here goes -

Aggro = Describes someone or something aggressive or aggression.

All twitter and shit – for someone that is babbling rubbish
Ankle biters = Little children
Arvo = Afternoon
Banger = Sausage

Bangs like a dunny door = sleeps around energetically
Barby = Or barbie; Grill or Barbecue grill {short for barbecue}; Click here for more
Bikkie = Cookie {short for biscuit}

Bloke = a man
Bloody = An adjective, used as an intensive: “Serves you bloody right.”
Blow in = Someone who is uninvited {eg at a party or someone who’s from out of town surfing}
Booger = Hard snot
Bottle-o = A liquor store
Brekkie = Breakfast; Also spelled brekky or breaky
Brolly = Umbrella
Bub = Baby
Budgy smuggler = Nickname for Speedo swimming trunks for men
Bushie = Somebody who lives in the bush
Cheeky = Saucy; bold; smart-alecky
Chewie = Chewing gum
Chook = Chicken
Chrissy = Christmas
Chuck a sickie = Call in sick to work for a day off – what am I saying here – Bogan’s don’t work.

Chunder = vomit
Crook = Ill or sick
Cuppa — A hot beverage “Why don’t you come on over and we’ll talk about it over a cuppa?”
Dag = Someone who doesn’t dress well
Dead horse = Tomato sauce
Dog’s breakfast = A mess
Dunny = Toilet
Exy = Expensive
Fag = Cigarette
Feral = Someone who lives like they’re living out in the wild – this word could be used to describe the Bogan itself.
Flanno = Flannel
Footy = Australian rules football
Get stuffe” = Piss off; get lost; go away
Good on ya = Great job or well done.

Grouse = awesome / very good
Heaps = A lot. Thanks heaps!
Knackered = Pooped; Tired; Exhausted
Lippie = Lipstick
Loo = Toilet; Restroom
Maccas = Nickname for McDonald’s {pronounced mă-kahs or mackers}
Mad as a cut snake = A crazy or a very angry person
Mate = Friend/Buddy
Mate’s rates = Discounted price for, e.g. work services, from a friend.
Me = Depending on where you are and who you are talking to, some Aussies say “me” in place of “my”, so instead of asking “Where are my sunglasses?”, they might say “Where are me sunnies?”
Mozzies = Mosquitoes
No dramas = See “no worries”
No worries = Don’t worry about it or no problem.
On the piss = Drinking alcohol
Pash = Passionate kiss
Piss off = Go away; get stuffed; get lost
Pissed = Drunk
Pokies = Poker machines
Reckon = Figure; think; assume. “I reckon the summer will be a hot and dry one.”
Rego = Vehicle registration
Rellie/Relo = A relative, family member
Ripper = Great
Rock up = Arrive or show up: “He rocked up to the party at about 11 last night
Root = a verb and a noun used in place of f***.

Ropeable = Very angry.
Sanger = Sandwich
Servo = Service/gas station

She’ll be right = Everything’s going to be OK.
Shout = Someone’s turn to buy a round of drinks: “It’s your shout, mate.”
Sinking piss = Drinking alcohol at home {generally beer}
Smoko = Cigarette or coffee/tea break

Snag = Sausage

Snog = kiss
Sook = someone who complains
Spewin’ = Very angry: “He’s so mad, he’s spewin’”
Spit the dummy = To throw a fit or get upset about something. Read more here.
Stroppy = Copping an attitude
Stubbie = Bottle of beer

Stubbie holder = Beer cozy/holder
Sunnies = Sunglasses
The Mrs. = Someone’s wife.
Tosser = A useless idiot; a wanker “Jono can’t do anything right. What a tosser.”
Tracky = Tracksuit pants (also known as trackies or tracky dacks)
Up the duff = Pregnant
Wanker = A ridiculous person
Whinge = Persistently and annoying complaining

There you have it. The above words are often preceded or followed by the more common ‘f’ and the ‘c’ words. You can throw a lot of these saying together and ‘Bob’s Your Uncle’ you’re talkin’ Bogan mate.


Hopefully this little tongue in cheek humorous snippet about Bogan life in Australia gives you a flash of insight into this unique part of Australian culture.  Although I’ve called my heroine a Bogan in Bogan Chick, she’s not really as bad as the idea portrayed in this blog, however she does have a hard time breaking through the language barrier and stop using her unique colourful words.


If you’d like to know a bit more about Bogan Chick, click here to read a blurb and an excerpt from the book.




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