We break down the lingo so you don’t have to
Australia’s known for its Aussie slang, but everywhere you go there’s different names for the same thing – which is why it can all get very confusing.
There are actually huge differences between Australian and American English even though we speak the same language. For example, we say ‘capsicum’ and Americans say ‘bell pepper’ (how crazy!) – and that’s only the beginning because the same can be said about names for clothes.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of our favourite variations below.
|Jumper (a cotton or woollen pullover)||Sweater|
|Baseball jacket||Letterman jacket or varsity jacket|
|Hoodie (jumper with a hood)||Sweat shirt|
|Singlet||Tank top, undershirt|
|Tracksuit, trackie dacks||Sweat pants|
|Pants (more formal type)||Trousers|
|Skivvy (to keep you warm in winter)||Turtleneck|
|Runners or joggers||Sneakers, tennis shoes|
Decoded school words
Have you ever watched a movie and wondered what a freshman was? We certainly have! Even the words we use at school are a little different.
|Primary School||Elementary School|
|High School||Usually includes middle school and high school|
|Athletics||Track and field|
|P.E. class||Gym class|
|Write an essay||Write a paper|
|Grade 9||Freshman year|
|Grade 10||Sophomore year|
|Grade 11||Junior year|
|Grade 12||Senior year|
Know any unusual names for something so common? Let us know by commenting below.