Australian Identity – Some fun things Aussies know about themselves and are proud of it.

by Brett Parry on April 16, 2014


Every country is unique when it comes to culture, and it is also true of Australian identity. Here’s a sampling of how Aussies can define themselves.

1. We believe that stubbies can be either drunk or worn.



2. We think it’s normal to have a leader called Julia.


3. Aussies make bongs out of their garden hose rather than use it for something illegal such as watering the garden.


4. We believe it is appropriate to put a rubber in your son’s pencil case when he first attends school.


5. We are liable to burst out laughing whenever you hear of Americans “rooting” for something.


6. We understand that the phrase ‘a group of women wearing black thongs”s refers to footwear and may be less alluring than it sounds.


7. We pronounce Melbourne as ‘Mel-bn’.


8. We pronounce Penrith as ‘Pen-riff’.


9. We believe the ‘l’ in the word ‘Australia’ is optional.


10. We can translate: ‘Dazza and Shazza played Acca Dacca on the way to Maccas.’


11. We believe it makes perfect sense for a nation to decorate its highways with large fiberglass bananas, prawns and sheep.


12. We call our best friend ‘a total bastard’ but someone we really, truly despise is just ‘a bit of a bastard’.


13. We think ‘Woolloomooloo’ is a perfectly reasonable name for a place.


14. We are all secretly proud of our killer wildlife.


15. We believe it makes sense for a country to have a $1 coin that’s twice as big as its $2 coin.


16. We understand that ‘Wagga Wagga’ can be abbreviated to ‘Wagga’ but ‘Woy Woy’ can’t be called ‘Woy’.


17. We believe that cooked-down axle grease makes a good breakfast spread. We’ve also squeezed it through Vitawheats to make little Vegemite worms.


18. We believe all famous Kiwis are actually Australian, until they stuff up, at which point they again become Kiwis.


19. Hamburger with Beetroot? Of course!


20. We know that certain words must, by law, be shouted out during any rendition of The Angels song ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’.


21. We believe that the confectionery known as the Wagon Wheel has become smaller with every passing year.


22. We wear ugg boots outside the house.


23. We believe that every important discovery in the world was made by an Australian but then sold off to the Yanks for a pittance.


24. We believe that the more you shorten someones name the more you like them.


25. Whatever our linguistic skills, we find ourselves able to order takeaway fluently in every Asian language.


26. We understand that ‘excuse me’ can sound rude, while ‘scuse me’ is always polite.


27. We know what it’s like to swallow a fly, on occasion via our nose.


28. We know it’s not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle and a seat belt buckle becomes a pretty good branding iron.


29. Our biggest family argument over the summer concerned the rules for beach cricket.


30. We shake our head in horror when companies try to market what they call ‘Anzac cookies’.


31. We still think of Kylie Minogue as ‘that girl off Neighbours’.


32. We believe the phrase ‘smart casual’ refers to a pair of black tracky-daks, suitably laundered.


33. We understand that all train timetables are works of fiction.


34. When working on a bar, we understand male customers will feel the need to offer an excuse whenever they order low-alcohol beer.


35. We know how to abbreviate every word, all of which usually end in O: arvo, combo, garbo, kero, lezzo, metho, milko, muso, rego, servo, smoko, speedo, righto etc.


36. We know that there is a universal place called “woop woop” located in the middle of nowhere…no matter where we actually are.


37. We know that none of us actually drink Fosters beer, because it tastes like crap. But we let the world think we do. Because we can.


38. We have at some time in our life slept with Aeroguard insect repellent in the summer. Maybe even as perfume.


39. We’ve only ever used the words – tops, ripper, sick, mad, rad, sweet to mean ‘good.’


40. And then we place ‘bloody’ in front of it when we REALLY mean it.


41. We know that the barbeque is a political arena; the person holding the tongs is always the boss and usually a man. And the women make the salad.


42. We say ‘no worries’ quite often, whether we realize it or not.


43. We’ve drunk our tea/coffee/Milo through a Tim Tam.


44. We own a Bond’s chesty. In several different colors.


45. ordered a steak the size of our head and only paid $5 at our local RSL.


46. We know that roo meat tastes pretty good, but not as good as barra. Or a meat pie.


47. We know that some people pronounce Australia like “Straya” and that’s ok.

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