Sunday, 29 March 2015

Huh? translation please...

We all speak the same language or do we? Over the past few years I have put together some uniquely American words with the Australian equivalent or if we don't have one, with the meaning of what they are talking about. I have also included just some differences between the countries that you might find interesting, you really can turn against a red light!

Some time I might do a list of Australian words that Americans find completely foreign. People often smile but have a blank look on their face, so you know, they either can't understand our accent or have no idea about what we are talking about, but are too polite to say anything. We have a terrible habit of shortening things - arvo just means afternoon.

Can you add to my list?

USA
Aussie 
# is called a pound key
# is called a hash key
4 way stop signs, first person at intersection goes first, then second etc
Stop signs on only one road of cross road or T intersection
401k
Superannuation
50#
50lbs
Air dryer
Clothes horse
Antique car
Vintage car
Appetiser
Entree
Back country
Outback/Bush
Bagged it (expression)
Canned it
Bangs
Fringe
Barbecue
The way food is cooked
Bell Pepper
Capsicum
Bicycle
Push Bike/bicycle
Biscuit
Scone
Boondocking
Free camping
Borough, County?
Municipality (group of suburbs),Shire(group of country towns) 
Breaded
Crumbed
Broil
Grill (the top of the oven, not a BBQ)
Bunch of people
Group of people
Car Wreck
Car Accident 
Cell phone: both parties pay for call & text
Mobile: only initiator pays for call & text  
Cilantro
Coriander
Citation
Fine
Connector
Double adapter
Cookie
Biscuit
Counter top (kitchen)
Bench top
Cutlery
Knives (paring, bread, cooks)
Dang
Darn
Deductible
(Policy) Excess
Diapers
Nappies
Dining group
Dining suite
Drive on the right hand side of the road
Drive on the left hand side of the road
Dry camping
No water or power
Dry Wall
Plaster Board, gyprock
Entree
Main course
Escrow
Settlement (of a property)
Except in the cities, postal boxes are grouped together on the side of the road, sometimes a few streets away from the property address. Often all on one side of the road. Canada is currently moving this way too, probably the way of the future to cut down costs
Every house has its own postal box on the property it relates to even in country towns. Some country properties away from town will have them on the side of the road grouped together
Fall
Autumn
Faucet
Tap
Fillet Mignon (no bacon)
Eye Fillet (filet Mignon when wrapped in bacon)
Fixer Uperer
Renovator's delight
Flat wear
Cutlery
Flip flops
Thongs
Flip key
means turning over a property
French Fries - (if you order chips with food you will get a pkt of chips)
Chips (normal size), French fries (matchstick sized chips)
Gas, gas station
Petrol, petrol station
Grill
A Barbecue 
Grocery Store loyalty cards: some give you points for discounts, some points for fuel, some you need to get the discount on advertised prices
Supermarket stores loyatly cards - points for fuel discounts. Everyone gets the advertised price
Have to sign up for separate service for trash collection, not everyone does
Rubbish collection is automatic and paid for in rates in cities, just the size of the bin alters the fee
Highways are numbered and some have mulitple numbers being a state number and a federal number or denoting North or South, East or West. The federal highways are call the interstate eg: i5.
All highways have names as well as numbers but we only use the names on signs
Hood
Bonnet
Imperial
Metric
Ketchup, catsup
Tomato Sauce
Lay Away
Lay By
Left hand drive
Right hand drive
License renewal (of the vehicles)
Vehicle registration (Rego)
Light switch: up is on down is off
Light switch: up is off down is on
Line
Queue
Marinara - Tomato based sauce
Marinara - Seafood in tomato sauce
Medalion
Ceiling Rose
mm/dd/yyyy
dd/mm/yyyy
Move in ready
move in, nothing to do
No Outlet
No Through Road
one of the few countries in the world still not fully converted to chip technology, which means our credit card details have been compromised 3 times in 1 year, we still had the card and never let it out of our sight.
Still use a lot of checks
Australia has been using chip technology for years, the last time our credit card was compromised was 20 years ago


Cheques are rarely used
One time
One off (situation)
Parking Lot
Car park 
Pepperoni
Salami
Pocket Door
Sliding Door
Pocketbook
(something that affects my) Back Pocket
Pot luck
Bring a plate to share
Potty - "have to go potty"
Loo, toilet
Primitive camping
Bush camping
Propane
LPG (liquid petroleum gas)
Ranch
Station or Farm depending on size
Rent (eg: a drill or a car)
Hire (but we rent houses)
Rotted
Rusted
Row Home
Terrace House
RV Park
Caravan Park
Shopping Cart
Shopping Trolley
Side Job
Backyarder
Sidewalk
Footpath
Sod
Turf
Soda, Pop
Soft Drink
Solar panels face south
Solar panels face north
Streets often have S, N, E or W denoting the south, east, north or west portion of the street, the other end will have the opposite. Many streets are just numbers making it easy to find your way around without a map.
No north, south, east or west on streets. Numbered streets are not the norm.
Sweat pants
Tracksuit, Tracky Daks
Sweater
Jumper
Take out, To go 
Take away
The property numbering system is boyond me. Something to do with the number of blocks from the centre of town, then the house lot. Nothing is sequential.
Addresses are sequential, with the first being 1 on one side with all the odd numbers, then 2 and the even numbers on the other side
Tires, color, license, travelerliter, organize, check, blond
Tyres, colour, licence, traveller, litre, organise, cheque, blonde
Trade Out
Trade In
Trash (US), garbage (Ca)
Rubbish
Travel trailer
Caravan
Trunk
Boot
Turn key
walk in walk out, furniture etc included
Turn right at red lights when safe
Will get fined if we turned left at red lights
Wash room or laundry room
Laundry
White gas
Shellite
Windshield
Windscreen
Wood
Timber (for a fire)
Yield
Give Way
You have to sign up for a separate service for trash collection; not everyone does
Rubbish collection is automatic and paid for in rates, just the size of the bin alters the fee
Zip code
Post Code


Winter is December, January, February
Summer is December, January, February
Spring is March, April, May
Autumn is March, April, May
Summer is June, July, August
Winter is June, July, August
Fall is September, October, November
Spring is September, October, November

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