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Australian Slang That’s Spoken Around the World
Australia is well-known for its interesting and unusual slang. Even native English-speakers visiting Australia can have trouble understanding the locals because of their accents and the expressions they use. But some Australian slang expressions are used all over the world. Here are three of the most common examples.
The popularity of social media and smartphones has made selfie a very popular English word. In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries made it the “Word of the Year,” and the US even has a National Selfie Day!
But selfie was a part of Australian English long before it became popular in other countries. The earliest known use was in 2002 when an Australian college student posted a photo that he had taken of himself online, calling it a “selfie”.
The student, Nathan Hope, told ABC News that he didn’t invent the word, but rather “it was just common slang [in Australia] at the time.”
To be stoked is to be really happy or pleased. For example, you might say “I’m stoked!” if you’re excited about your holiday plans.
Along with other expressions, such as ripper, which means ‘very good’ or ‘great,’ stoked was first used by Australian surfers in the 1960s and 1970s.
Lastly, there’s the phrase no worries. English speakers around the world use this expression to tell someone that everything is fine.
“No worries” is also a common response to “thank you.” For example:
So the next time someone thanks you, instead of “you’re welcome,” you can say “no worries” and know that you’re speaking Australian English.
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1. When was selfie named the “Word of the Year” by Oxford Dictionaries?
2. What does it mean 'to be stoked'?
3. What expression can you use instead of "you're welcome"?
1. Which of the expressions featured in the article do you find most interesting? Why?
2. Do you think it's important to learn slang when studying a foreign language? Why? Why not?
3. What are your favourite English words or expressions? Why do you like them?
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