I’m a British expat and these are the Aussie sayings I will never use

I’m a British expat and these are the Aussie sayings I will never use
  • PublishedApril 1, 2024

‘Wait till you find out we call them different name, depending on what state you’re from.’

Australians are internationally known for their love of slang, but many tourists and expats find the local lingo incredibly confusing.

These include one British expat, Jordana Grace, who has shared in a now-viral video the “Australian sayings she will never use”.

Jordana started her video by explaining her confusion over Australians calling their potato crisps “chips”, and their chips “hot chips”.

“No, crisps are crisps and chips are chips,” she said.

“I shouldn’t have to specify if they’re hot.”

Next on her list is the famous Aussie rubber footwear.

Jordana Grace is a British expat living in Australia.

“I will not now … or in the future ever call my flip-flops, ‘thongs’ or ‘pluggers’,” she said.

Jordana also thought the Australian term ‘lollies’, instead of sweets, was bizarre.

“Aussies call their sweets ‘lollies’, but that is just too confusing because they’re just sweets, and then what do you call your ice lollies?” she asked.

“I mean, it’s just mayhem. I just can’t be as cavalier as that — I need specification.”

Although she refuses to use certain Aussie sayings, Jordana does love Australia and finished her video by saying, “So apart from those, I love you Australia and I think you’re the best”.

Her amusing video has amassed more than 130,000 views, with mixed opinions on her thoughts.

“Wait till you find out we call them different names depending on what state you’re from,” said one.

“So, you’ll specify your lollies are iced, but not that your chips are hot?!” added a second commenter.

“You can take the girl out of the UK, but you can’t take the UK out of the girl,” said a third.

Culture shock

Recently, an American expat dished on her major culture shock with petrol stations in Australia.

Tate Duane, who moved from California to Melbourne, shared a video pointing out the major differences between service stations in Australia and the US.

“Listen Australia, I love you but I’m so confused,” Tate said.

The young driver tried to pre-pay her fuel before filling up her car with petrol — just like in the US where customers are required to pay at the pump before refuelling.

Instead, she was told she needed to get the fuel first and then go inside to pay for how much she had put into the car.

Jordana says despite not understanding certain Aussie sayings, she still loves Australia.

“I’m at the petrol station pouring gas into the car for the first time by myself… I just went in to try and put $50 on the pump or just to give (the employee) cash because you don’t have the tap-to-pay at this thing,” Tate recalled.

“And the employee was like, ‘What are you doing?’.”

Tate said the worker told her to fill up her car first, before making a payment.

“So, am I stupid? I don’t really know what I’m doing here because there’s nowhere to swipe your card out here,” she said.

“Also, what do you guys do when you’re trying to get gas in the middle of the night and no one’s working at the service station inside?

“I mean, are these things just open 24 hours?

“In the US, you can literally just go tap your card on the machine right there, pump and drive away.

“It’s locked until you do that so you can’t just steal gas.”

American expat living in Australia, Tate Duane, had many questions when it came to how Australian petrol stations worked.
American expat living in Australia, Tate Duane, had many questions when it came to how Australian petrol stations worked. Credit: @twaynne

Another thing she noticed was the pump didn’t have a feature where it could automatically fill up her car.

“I’ve seen other people do (it) but tell me why you guys don’t have those clicky things that holds it into place?” she asked.

“You have to literally stand here the whole time, which is a bit annoying,” she said.

The American ended the video by saying, “So confused, can someone explain?”

Her video has been viewed more than 300,000 times, with many people providing an explanation.

“We are trusted here to pay after putting our fuel in,” said one.

Another explained: “The clicking thing was removed years ago for safety reasons, they can fail and not turn off. People can often forget to take it out and drive off with it still in the car. Most servos are open 24/7 with someone working.”

Meanwhile, one person warned her against using her phone while filling up.

“Just letting you know you’re not allowed to be using a mobile phone while pumping petrol in Australia as it’s a potential fire hazard,” one said.

SOURCE: 7NEWS

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