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Tippy Canoe: Canadians say “tippy canoe” in reference to just about everything that looks to be in danger of falling over. Careful over there; that chair looks like a real tippy canoe.

Skookum: This British Columbian term is used by Canadians to mean exceptional or awesome. Someone who calls you “skookum” isn’t comparing you to a skunk. In fact, the opposite is true – it’s a real compliment!

Thongs: It’s not what you’re thinking, OK? Thongs are sandals.

G’day: What list would be complete without the most classic of all Aussie slang? “G’day” combines the word “good” and “day” into one.

Stubbie holder: If you go to a game or the beach, you’ll likely bring along your stubbie holder. Another word for a koozie, a stubbie holder is so-named because it holds your stubbie (beer).

Australian slang

This phrase derives from indigenous culture, as “walkabout” was a foot journey taken by Aborigines into the bush in order to live according to traditional indigenous practices.

What’s the John Dory?: In Austrilian, This phrase is asked when someone wants to know the gossip, or what’s going on.

Have a roo loose in the top paddock: Just like the American phrase, “a few fries short of a happy meal”, this idiomatic Australian saying describes an intellectually impaired person. Naturally – the more roos loose, the more moronic the person.

  1. Grommet: A young surfer

She’ll be right: No worries – everything’s going to be OK!