Is This Australian or UK Slang?

By: Isadora Teich
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Is This Australian or UK Slang?
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English is spoken all over the world, but in some unique ways. Can you tell your Australian from your UK slang? Test your knowledge with this HowStuffWorks quiz!
In which country can a person get "miffed"?
The UK
Australia
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To be "miffed" means to be upset or offended. Someone who is miffed enough may even go to spare.

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A "postie" delivers mail in which country?
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

"Postie" is short for "postman." They deliver letters and packages in Australia.

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"Macca's" is the __________ slang word for McDonald's.
Australian
UK
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Wrong Answer

In Australia, McDonald's is called "Macca's." In the UK, there is no special nickname widely used for the franchise.

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Two people might have an "argy-bargy" in:
The UK
Australia
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This is UK slang for an argument or confrontation. Two Brits might also "have a row."

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"Choccy" is slang for "chocolate" in ________.
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

Australians refer to chocolate as "choccy." A chocolate biscuit is a "choccy biccy."

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You might love someone "warts and all" in which country?
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

This slang phrase expresses that you will take something as it is, or accept it despite its negative characteristics. This is applied to both people and objects

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Someone sick might "honk" all over themselves in _________.
Australia
The UK
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Wrong Answer

To "honk" means to vomit in the UK. It's a commonly used slang term.

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"Devo" is slang for "devastated" in which country?
Australia
The UK
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Wrong Answer

"Devo" is often used to exaggerate how bad a situation was. For example, someone who has just seen a bad movie might be "devo."

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"Tradie" describes someone who does skilled work in which country?
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

"Tradie" comes from the word tradesman. It describes anyone who has a trade job, like a carpenter or electrician.

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Which country posts on "Facey"?
Australia
The UK
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Wrong Answer

This is the shortened version of "Facebook." It's mostly used by Australian teens.

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You give someone a "prezzie" on their birthday in which country?
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

"Prezzie" is slang for present in Australia. Typical Australian prezzies at celebrations include beer and wine.

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A "spawny" person is lucky in:
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

"Spawny" is slang for lucky in the UK. For example, "What a spawny outcome!"

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Something exceptionally good is referred to as a "ripsnorter" in ________.
Australia
The UK
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Wrong Answer

This is Australian slang for someone who is playing a good game of sport or something excellent. The words "bonza" or "beaut" can also be used.

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"Petty" is slang for "gas" in __________.
"The UK"
"Australia"
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Wrong Answer

In many English-speaking countries outside America, "gas" is referred to as "petrol." In Australia, "petty" is slang for "petrol."

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Women are referred to as "Sheilas" in ________.
Australia
The UK
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Wrong Answer

Women are called this in Australia. Men in both the UK and Australia are referred to as "blokes."

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Where might you have to make change for a "lobster"?
Australia
The UK
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Wrong Answer

$20 bills in Australia are bright red. This is why they are referred to as "lobsters."

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__________ call Australia "Straya."
Australians
Brits
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Wrong Answer

Australian slang often shortens words. Most Aussies refer to their country as "Straya."

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A happy person is "chuffed" in which country?
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

Someone who is "chuffed" is very pleased about something. For example, "Dan was chuffed about the rugby game."

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Where do they celebrate "Chrissie"?
Australia
The UK
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Wrong Answer

"Chrissie" is Aussie slang for "Christmas." Who doesn't love a prezzie on Chrissie?

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You can "earwig" on your neighbors in which country?
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

To earwig on someone means to eavesdrop. For example, "Don't earwig on me while I'm skyping."

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A "fortnight" is a commonly used period of time in:
The UK
Australia
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A fortnight describes a period of time. This is common slang for a time period of two weeks.

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You have "eating irons" on your table in which country?
Australia
The UK
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Wrong Answer

In the UK, cutlery can be referred to as "eating irons." These include your knives, forks and spoons.

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You might get arrested by "the fuzz" in:
Australia
The UK
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Wrong Answer

This is the UK slang word for "police." It is also used in America.

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A "firey" fights fires in _________.
Australia
The UK
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Wrong Answer

This is short for "Fireman." It's another slang word ending with "y" in Australia.

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Where do they eat "avo"?
Australia
The UK
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Wrong Answer

"Avo" is slang for "avocado." These fruits are on trend the world over.

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Someone who has been inconvenienced might "go to spare" in:
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

In the UK, to "go to spare" is very unpleasant. It means to become angry, frustrated, distressed or completely enraged over something.

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Teeth can be referred to as "ivories" in which country?
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

This slang phrase can have several meanings in the UK. It can refer to teeth, dice or piano keys.

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You can "know your onions" in:
The UK
Australia
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In the UK, to "know your onions" about a topic means to know a lot about it. For example, the math teacher knew her onions about geometry.

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You can punch someone in their "laughing gear" in which country?
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

In UK slang, a mouth can be referred to as "laughing gear." This metaphor is not as commonly used these days.

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You can call someone a "nob" in which country?
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

A nob is a slang insult in the UK. It's used to describe upper class snobs.

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"Arvo" is a time of day in ________.
Australia
The UK
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Wrong Answer

"Arvo" is slang for "afternoon" in Australia. For example, an Australian might say "Wanna come over this arvo?"

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The word "tosh" is used in:
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

This UK slang word means "nonsense." Things might be described as "a lot of tosh."

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"Numpty" is an insult in:
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

This slang phrase is used to describe an idiot. It can also mean that someone is incompetent.

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In what country can you pay for dinner with "pineapples"?
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

In Australia, "pineapple" is slang for a $50 bill. This is because these bills are yellow.

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Someone can be "skint" in _________.
The UK
Australia
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Wrong Answer

"Skint" is a UK slang term meaning broke or without money. Someone who has just paid rent may be "skint."

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