Australian Slang

Can you guess the meanings of these Australian slang words? Good on ya, mate!
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Last updated: October 10, 2021
First submittedJuly 10, 2019
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Slang
Meaning
Arvo
Afternoon
Brekkie
Breakfast
Mozzie
Mosquito
Oz
Australia
Sheila
Woman
Bloke
Man
Dunny
Toilet
Slang
Meaning
Barbie
Barbecue
Macca's
McDonald's
Sunnies
Sunglasses
Chook
Chicken
Brumby
Feral Horse
Chokkie
Chocolate
Prezzie
Present
Slang
Meaning
Digger
Soldier
Bathers
Swimsuit
Servo
Gas Station
Brizzie
Brisbane
Thong
Flip-flop
Facey
Facebook
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Level 91
Jul 11, 2019
Noice one, mate!
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Level 37
Jan 27, 2022
G'Day, Mate! (I tried, LOL! Sorry my awesome Aussies!)
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Level ∞
Jul 11, 2019
I await the many comments saying "I've lived in West Gooloogong my whole life and I can assure you that no one ever uses any of these words".
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Level 76
Jul 11, 2019
From NZ but the only one I hadn't heard the people from the West Island use is 'Facey'.
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Level 76
Jul 11, 2019
From NSW and we do use nearly all of these on the regular
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Level 76
Jul 12, 2019
I'm Australian and all but the last one are in common use. I have never heard anyone use "Facey". Was actually quite difficult to work out what others call bathers.
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Level 43
Sep 11, 2019
Agree, who the hell calls it Facey?
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Level 42
Mar 22, 2021
Facey?? WHAT???????
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Level 56
Jan 19, 2022
Never heard Facey in my life. I actually had to Google whether this one was true and apparently it is among young Australians but I am a young Australian and I nor anyone I've ever met have ever said that. Must be slang in the more hipster parts of Sydney or Melbourne.

The rest are all fairly common though.

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Level 86
Jan 26, 2022
Yeah I don't know why anyone would use Facey over Facebook. The latter sounds better.
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Level 68
Jan 26, 2022
Call it "The Facey". Trust me.
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Level 75
Jan 26, 2022
Never heard of facey and I'm a young person from hipster parts of Sydney.
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Level 76
Jul 14, 2019
I've lived in Upper Boganville all my life and have never heard of Facey. You need to provide a few answer options for bathers.
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Level 72
Jul 20, 2019
Never heard 'facey' in South Australia, 'hen' should be allowed for 'chook'
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Level 55
Aug 20, 2021
Hen isn't Australian slang though
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Level 72
Jan 27, 2022
Hen is what the slang 'chook' means just as chicken does. 'Wake up at the back there'.
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Level 48
Jul 31, 2019
Nah mate you're spot on! I use every single one of these on the reg... I was wondering why "togs" wasn't being accepted for bathers though, like what else do you call em? Speedos? Budgy smugglers? Nice one :)
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Level 84
Jul 31, 2019
lol at budgy smugglers
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Level 39
Sep 17, 2019
Cozzie!
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Level 20
Sep 26, 2019
Accept 'swimmers' for bathers?
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Level 73
May 11, 2020
They're all fairly common. "Facey" is maybe a bit less so but I hear it often enough.
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Level 47
Jan 31, 2022
I've lived in West Gooloogong my whole life and I can assure you that no one ever uses any of these words
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Level 75
Jul 11, 2019
Maybe "bathing suit" could be accepted as well as swimsuit?
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Level 71
Jul 11, 2019
Second this.
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Level 65
Jul 11, 2019
Third
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Level ∞
Jul 12, 2019
Okay
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Level 69
Jul 19, 2019
or cozzies or togs
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Level 67
Jul 31, 2019
Have to admit I tried togs first, then figured no one else in the world would put that, so had to put swimming costume!
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Level ∞
Oct 10, 2021
Togs and swimmers will work now too.
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Level 66
Jan 26, 2022
In the UK togs is slang for clothes in general.
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Level 86
Jul 11, 2019
youtube.com/watch?v=5nE7uu_UQMU

I remember singing this song at school. Has some slightly more advanced slang.

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Level 74
Jul 11, 2019
Great song :)
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Level 81
Jul 11, 2019
If I had just remembered it's called "service station" somewhere in the world.
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Level 72
Jul 12, 2019
We use lots of these in the UK too - "Brekkie, mozzie, bloke, barbie, macca's, prezzie, chokkie (less common) and bathers (I think)" would all sound pretty normal here.
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Level 80
Jul 12, 2019
Yes, I was going to say, plenty of these aren't exclusive to Australia as far as I'm aware. Even if the only person I've ever heard use most of them is my grandmother (not Australian, quite strongly Lancashire).
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Level 70
Jul 31, 2019
But they've only been adopted into UK use since they started showing Neighbours over there.
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Level 65
Jan 26, 2022
I don't know how long Neighbours has been running but bloke has been used for 200 years in the UK
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Level 66
Jan 26, 2022
That makes sense. They started airing Neighbours 201 years ago.
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Level 55
Jan 28, 2022
i remember that episode
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Level 81
Jul 12, 2019
Could you accept "Jandal" for Thong? It's a non-Australian word meaning the same thing.
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Level 71
Jul 13, 2019
Another synonym, which I used to hear as a kid: zories.
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Level 75
Nov 17, 2019
Fun fact: they're all onomatopoeias. They're called 'thongs' in Australia for sound they make on sand, 'flip flops' in the UK for the sound they make on concrete, and 'jandals' in New Zealand for the sound they make in sheep dip.

I'll see myself out....

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Level 67
Jul 14, 2019
Some of these are familiar as a Brit too, Brekkie, barbie, Oz, Mozzie, Macca’s, bloke, chokkie, prezzie and bathers are all words we use too..
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Level 41
Jul 14, 2019
Which one sounds more like a slang word, though?

'Thong' or 'Flip-flop'?

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Level 73
Jul 14, 2019
Facey - not a thing.

Anyway the rest are spot on even though I've not seen many of them written before. And there are SO MANY ways to say swimsuit depending on where you live so that one's gunna cause some angst cobber.

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Level 59
Jul 31, 2019
Facey is 100% a thing. I have heard it used for at least 10 years.
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Level 76
Jul 31, 2019
Not an Australian thing
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Level 58
Aug 3, 2019
Yes it is definitely an Australian thing.
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Level 76
Jan 26, 2022
Yeah, nah. Still not an Australian thing. It has to be used by a decent number of Australians to be accepted and that is not the case, even if you are part of some minority who might be doing just that. What if I decided to start calling it FaceyMcFaceyFace, do you think that might suddenly make it an Australian term?
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Level 83
Jul 17, 2019
Thank you "Man from Snowy River" for the answer to the brumby one.
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Level 60
Jul 31, 2019
I've never heard of facey
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Level 47
Jul 31, 2019
Heard all by Facey. Didn't realise Sunnies and Bathers were Aus slang. Thought they were commonly used elsewhere throughout the world.
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Level 83
Jul 31, 2019
I tried "prostitute" for Digger because there was this shady Aussie bar in Bahrain called Diggers' that was full of them - I was close. Should have guessed who their customers were. Ended up getting less than half, and some just on random guesses.
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Level 21
Jul 31, 2019
someone needs to update their aussie english
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Level 54
Jul 31, 2019
Well, 'facey' had me stumped. Never heard of it in Western Australia. So where exactly is it being used? Also didn't realise that 'bathers' was an Aussie word.
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Level 65
Jul 31, 2019
Speedos or budgie smugglers would make more sense.
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Level 51
Aug 5, 2019
I have never heard of 'facey' either. I think bathers are a South Australian description.
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Level 56
Jan 26, 2022
Yeah I would've gone with togs instead of bathers but maybe that's just a Queensland thing but even if it is it's still more popular nation wide than bathers is
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Level 66
Jul 31, 2019
Got all but Brumby. I'm English (Northern) and most people I know we use Bloke, Oz, Barbie, Sunnies, Prezzie, Mozzie, Bathers, Chokkie. Occasionally Arvo but I think that one's more text speak. Rest I guess I know from knowing enough Aussies through Rugby League.
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Level 43
Aug 17, 2021
Do you support an NRL Club mate??
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Level 54
Jul 31, 2019
Facebook is usually called FB. Never heard it called Facey.
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Level 65
Jul 31, 2019
"Swimmers" should be accepted for swimsuit. I feel cheated. I'm Australian. It's not like I don't what bathers are! >:-(
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Level 85
Jul 31, 2019
I was really hoping station (ranch) would be on here, since I actually know that one...
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Level 57
Jul 31, 2019
We call a 'gas station' a garage here (Northern Ireland).
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Level 62
Jul 31, 2019
Never heard facey but it was easy to guess given ockers put "ey" on almost everything
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Level 59
Jul 31, 2019
Thong means something completely different in the uk (g string)
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Level 29
Jul 31, 2019
I'm from aus and I've never once heard someone say brumby or facey.
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Level 72
Jan 27, 2022
Only hear 'brumby' for the feral horses in the NT etc. the word 'brumby' is not usually used for any horse or racehorse etc.
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Level 29
Jul 31, 2019
accept female/ girl/ lady for sheila?
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Level 51
Aug 5, 2019
Sheila is a bit old school and definitely for someone over the age of 35 (roughly). Chick is more commonly used for a younger woman.
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Level 43
Aug 1, 2019
Facey? Like WTF. I've heard all the others but not Facey. never heard anyone say that.

How did more people get Facey than Diggers? Diggers is an actual Australian term.

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Level 53
Aug 3, 2019
I typed in swimmers and togs and then was stumped for a good 10 seconds trying to figure out what else they could possible be called.
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Level 32
Aug 4, 2019
I've always seen the word 'flip-flops' in books and stuff but I never knew what they meant until now
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Level 61
Aug 5, 2019
Another Australian here who has never heard anybody describe Facebook as "Facey". Is that fair dinkum?
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Level 85
Aug 5, 2019
Don't forget the map of Tassie! My favourite.
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Level 61
Aug 25, 2019
You should add some more options for bathers. I tried swimmers first. I had to think like an American to get it. Most people don't say bathers - it's usually cozzie (swimming costume) or togs.
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Level 61
Sep 20, 2019
Sound like snoop dog had some say in theses slang words.
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Level 46
Sep 20, 2019
Huh. Makes sense.
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Level 50
Oct 10, 2019
This was more guess the American word then guess the slang for me.
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Level 39
Jan 2, 2020
I only know most of these thanks to Neighbours and Home and Away - knew all those hours watching them as a youngster would pay off eventually!
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Level 65
Jan 26, 2022
I'm not sure hours watching Home and Away for a couple of points on JetPunk is a fair trade-off
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Level 72
Jan 27, 2022
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Level 55
May 17, 2020
i'm from aus and i struggled to think of what other countries use for bathers as that just what their called here, also Thongs.
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Level 36
Jul 26, 2020
Nobody calls Facebook facey
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Level 68
Jan 26, 2022
impressive that you have polled all human beings on this subject
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Level 17
Aug 19, 2020
IDK why but I am Aussie and I got most of them wrong. oooof
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Level 20
Sep 14, 2020
I'm from Melbourne and no one has ever used facey as facebook
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Level 64
Sep 19, 2020
Facey? Never heard of that here in Australia. Never. Oh well. We also always called swimsuits 'cozzies' (short for 'swimming costume'). And not sure 'thong' is slang - it's what they are called here. Still, had some fun with this quiz, thanks.
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Level 42
Sep 23, 2020
Amazing quiz! Though.... WHAT IS FACEY?!?!

I'm Australian and it's spelled choccy! cost me a valuable answer!

You should accept swimmers/trunks/Swimming clothes for bathers

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Level 66
Jan 26, 2022
Also choccy in the UK
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Level 36
Dec 16, 2020
I live in Australia and I know what most mean . I saw a lot of comments saying facey isn't actually one, but where I come from, I've heard it around a few times.
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Level 47
Aug 27, 2021
I'm Australian and the issue for me on some of them was knowing a name for those things other than slang.
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Level 64
Oct 10, 2021
I'm Australian and I had the same problem. I never hear people saying bathers. They are usually called cossies. Also thong is not slang. That's the Australian word for what you call flip-flops.
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Level 60
Jan 26, 2022
Um, Quizmaster, today is India's Republic Day as well. So I believe an India-themed quiz should have been featured as well along with this one.

Anyway, a very Happy Australia Day to all the Aussies out there! What's more interesting is that this day is special for two countries – India and Australia. Both former colonies, members of the Commonwealth and cricket champions! We shall always stand together! 🇦🇺🤝🇮🇳

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Level 54
Jan 26, 2022
yeah i thought that today there would be a quiz on india
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Level 78
Jan 26, 2022
My kids' love of Bluey helped me out a lot with this. Not to start a flamewar, but most of these are really unimaginative. Take the first syllable of a word and add "ee" to the end of it. I would think there are some better ones out there.
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Level 68
Jan 26, 2022
I've never been to Australia, but I've definitely heard all of these except maybe Facey. I don't recall that one. Thought it might be something newish, like Facetime, and was eventually able to guess it.
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Level 46
Jan 26, 2022
I like that you can still use the word Macca's to answer for McDonald's.
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Level 60
Jan 27, 2022
Thongs should be pluralised... who wears one shoe? People wear shoes, socks, sandals, and thongs.
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Level 72
Jan 27, 2022
Quite right, I was put off it at first and thought it was the tiny pantie that was being referred to.
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Level 68
Jan 27, 2022
What if you have one leg?
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Level 55
Jan 28, 2022
I had the same thought. A thong is a very different item than thongs. A little confusing!
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Level 45
Jan 27, 2022
I'm American and still got 11 correct lol
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Level 70
Jan 27, 2022
Was expecting tinny on this.
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Level 59
Jan 27, 2022
I'm Australian and I've never heard anyone call Facebook Facey.
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Level 51
Jan 28, 2022
10 out of 20 ;_;

fun fact: arvo means price in finnish

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Level 70
Jan 28, 2022
Been living in Canberra all my life, and all of these are definitely common, except for Sheila. Outside of Crocodile Dundee I genuinely don't think I've ever heard an Aussie say that. That and Facey wtf
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Level 55
Jan 28, 2022
isnt brumby a type of wild horse rather than actual slang, similer to a mustang
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Level 63
Jan 28, 2022
Thong and brumby are not slang. Thong is simply the word for that footwear in Australia, just as flip-flop is the American word for the same thing. You might as well say flip-flop is American slang for thong. Similarly, brumby is the word for an Australian wild horse and is not a substitute for a more formal word.
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Level 31
Jan 30, 2022
The hard part was guessing what people outside australia call it - especially with swimmers or whatever the australian slang is. I call them togs.

Also facey is super uncommon, ive never even heard of it.

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Level 73
Jan 30, 2022
hard yakka and fair dinkum?