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  • - Hello Vanity Fair, and everybody else.

  • It's Russell Crowe, talking to you about slang

  • from two cultures that I'm very, very familiar with.

  • The New Zealand culture, which in this terminology is Kiwi,

  • and the Australian culture, in this terminology is Aussie.

  • Let's have a look, that's the title page,

  • farthey bar, that's me, that's my name down the bottom.

  • This is gonna be a little bit of fun.

  • [upbeat music]

  • Carked it, oh my lord, carked it.

  • Not very nice.

  • Carked it means you're dead, hm.

  • Chilly bin.

  • Chilly bin, odd phrase, even really,

  • you know, for someone born in New Zealand,

  • but a chilly bin of course is an eski.

  • Oh, that's Australian slang.

  • Both of those names, chilly bin and eski, mean ice chest.

  • A portable box that keeps mainly your beer cold.

  • This word, which you might think refers

  • to a composer of some note, as Bach.

  • In New Zealand, it's actually bach,

  • and bach means a cottage, potentially by the sea,

  • but it's a holiday home,

  • and usually kind of a shitty place.

  • Not necessarily very special.

  • It's a roof, and maybe running water,

  • maybe power, maybe not necessarily,

  • but it's a cool place to go and sleep

  • in the summer months, and if you are near water,

  • an extra benefit.

  • Bring a plate.

  • This is very, very old fashioned,

  • this is old school Kiwi,

  • but it's a small gathering, coming together,

  • and instead of one person cooking for everybody,

  • everybody brings a plate,

  • so you never know what's going to arrive,

  • and whether those things actually bear any relationship

  • to each other from a cuisine perspective.

  • Bugger all.

  • Means, basically nothing.

  • You have nothing.

  • What do you have, mate?

  • Bugger all, you've got nothing.

  • Knackered, hm, knackered.

  • Yes, knackered means tired.

  • It's bigger than tired.

  • If you're knackered you're completely tired,

  • you're bereft of all energy,

  • any level of focus, it's time for you

  • to have an LLD, which is an Australian slang thing,

  • we're just jumping ahead, a little lie down.

  • [laughs]

  • Yes, that is knackered.

  • Chocka.

  • Chocka.

  • Now, this actually comes from a nautical term,

  • from the British Navy, chocka block.

  • So that means your sail is at its full width, and glory.

  • So it means full.

  • Chocka block.

  • Choice as.

  • Well, this is sort of a combination of two things.

  • Choice means very good.

  • As is a little thing that New Zealanders add

  • to a lot of words, which means that it is something

  • either positive or negative or whatever,

  • but it is something special.

  • So, something can be cool as.

  • Something can equally be shit as.

  • So, hm.

  • Chur.

  • Hm.

  • I think it kind of means basically sure, you know?

  • Somebody says, you know,

  • are you gonna do something something?

  • You go chur.

  • Jandals, hm.

  • [laughs]

  • Jandals in Australia are called thongs.

  • So a jandal and a thong is the same thing,

  • however, it's not the American thong, it's footwear.

  • So a jandal and a thong are the same as flip flops.

  • There's been many a story about Americans misunderstanding

  • what somebody from Australia means when they say thong.

  • There's one I read about actually,

  • where a woman was staying as a house guest

  • with a married couple, and it was somewhere near a beach

  • in Los Angeles, and the sun was out,

  • but she didn't realize it was gonna be so sunny,

  • she hadn't bought, you know,

  • all of the things she wanted to have

  • to go for a swim, and so she just texted

  • the woman at the house to say,

  • off for a swim, have borrowed your thongs,

  • and that caused a problem.

  • Piece of piss.

  • Now that's something that's very easy.

  • She'll be right.

  • Everything will be okay.

  • No matter how complex what we're dealing

  • with is right now, she'll be right.

  • Sweet as, going back to the as thing from before.

  • Yeah, any word, as, means it's of particular note.

  • Tramping, that means going for a hike in the bush.

  • The Wops, that means somewhere far away from civilization.

  • Stubbies.

  • It's a particular brand of work short

  • that contractors, etc., used to wear,

  • and they're very, very short,

  • and they had a little pocket at the back.

  • Stubbies is also refers to a particular type of beer bottle.

  • Not a long neck, a smaller bottle, slightly rounded shape.

  • Rounded shoulders, anyway, and that's a stubbie.

  • Accadacca.

  • Now that's what we call the band AC/DC, Accadacca.

  • The Aussie salute is this,

  • and it comes from long hot summers in Australia

  • where there are too many flies,

  • and you continuously find yourself doing this.

  • A billabong is actually a small lake,

  • but it's more, more of a swamp, really, you know,

  • or a dam of water,

  • so it doesn't have a creek, or a river,

  • or anything running into it or through it,

  • it's not fed by mountain streams,

  • like really like a lake, so it's,

  • it's just a place where water holds,

  • and usually it's used for watering stock.

  • Booze bus.

  • Now that is a thing we have random breath testing

  • in Australia and New Zealand,

  • so if you're going out driving,

  • and you've been drinking on a weekend night or whatever,

  • it's highly likely that you will be pulled over

  • from random breath testing,

  • and that's what they call the police cars associated

  • with an RBT stop.

  • Budgie smugglers.

  • Now, these are possibly known

  • in your culture as Speedos, yeah?

  • Okay.

  • And it's just somebody's observation,

  • sometime long in the distant past of Australia culture,

  • that a Speedo fits your average man

  • the same way as it would be

  • if he had a small budgie, Budgerigar, bird,

  • stuffed down the front of his pants.

  • They tend to have sort of like swollen chests,

  • and round heads.

  • Would potentially push out against such a sheer material.

  • Anyway, colorful, right?

  • Brings an image to mind, doesn't it?

  • The budgie smuggler.

  • Ah, Cab Sav.

  • This is the height of Australia culture,

  • and of course refers to the wine, Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Chook.

  • Chook is simply a chicken, so.

  • Ah, Chrissie.

  • Nice time of the year.

  • Christmas.

  • Clucky.

  • [laughs]

  • Somebody's clucky, they would like to have a child.

  • Can be male or female, but it's usually directed

  • towards a woman.

  • Devo, oh my god.

  • Devo, when something bad goes wrong,

  • and you're devastated, you're devo.

  • Drongo.

  • This is a very old fashioned word,

  • that doesn't really get used that much anymore.

  • It's gone by the wayside a little bit,

  • but it means an idiot.

  • Furphy.

  • It means a mistake.

  • Heaps.