The three most common questions I’ve been asked about Australia: 1) Did you see a kangaroo? (yes), 2) Did you eat a kangaroo? (yes, it’s delicious), and 3) Did you drink a lot? (No, it is ridiculously expensive to drink in Australia–like, $50 for a 24-pack expensive). Australia is probably the least foreign country I’ve visited, but I still had to take some time to learn the language. The basic rule of thumb, I figured, is to take nouns that are two or more syllables long, shorten them and add -ie at the end (Australian >> Aussie, Tasmania >> Tassie, breakfast >> breakkie, muggachino >> muggie, etc.). This is applicable to most words except the confounding “bottle shop” (liquor store), which is called a bottle-o.

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