Australia Day Fun Facts
Published 7:33am 22 January 2021
On Australia Day we celebrate all things Aussie, but do you know the reason behind why we don green and gold or why Lamingtons are classic Australian treats? No? Then read on to learn a little about some of our Aussie traditions and sharpen your Aussie slang words.
Here are some fun Aussie facts
It's true, Australian's have turned 'stale cake' into a national symbol with the 'Lamington'! Essentially sponge cake dipped in a chocolate sauce and covered with coconut shards, it is theorised that the lamington was the invention of Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901, to use-up stale cake. With no refrigeration at the time, Lord Lamington must have enjoyed many a coconut covered treat with his cup of tea.
Green and Gold
Whilst green and gold are not colours found in the Australian flag, they have long been associated with Australian national sporting team uniforms, the first being the Australian cricket team in 1899. It wasn't until 1984 that Governor-General of Australia, Sir Ninian Stephen officially established them as national colours of Australia and they continue to this day to be embraced by our national sporting teams.
Gold represent the Australian national flower the golden wattle (Acacia pycanantha), featured on the Coat of arms of Australia.
No one does 'slang' better than a Aussie. We have perfected the art of taking a perfectly normal phrase and turning it into something that sounds entirely different! Here's 20 Aussie slang phrases or words for you to test out:
- G'Day mate: Hello
- The Bottle-o: Shop that sells alcoholic drinks
- Maccas: McDonaldsventra
- Arvo: Afternoon
- Barbie: Barbeque
- Shrimp on the barbie: cooking prawns on a hot plate or barbeque
- Fair dinkum: Honest and genuine
- No worries mate: Not a problem
- Ripper: really great
- Stubbie holder: insulated holder for beer or a soft drink can
- Thongs: Slip on rubber shoe also known as flip-flops or jangles
- Sweet, as: Awesome
- Togs: Swim suit
- Slab: 24-pack of beer
- Sickie: Sick day, unwell and unable to work
- She'll be right: everything is going to be all right
- Roo: Adult kangaroo
- Esky: Insulated cooler to keep drinks and food cool when filled with ice
- Chockers: very full, no room
- Mozzie: Mosquito
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