What do the phrases – ‘g’day mate’ and ‘put a shrimp on the barbie’ – make you think of?
Australians, right? And one American who moved Down Under expected to hear these phrases on the daily.
But Brittany Neff experienced a perspective-shifting shock when she found out that Australians don’t say ‘put a shrimp on the barbie’ at all.
In fact, like Brits, Australians don’t even say ‘shrimp.’ They actually call them prawns.
The 26-year-old who moved Down Under a year ago, shared a TikTok saying it was all a ‘lie’ as she made the discovery.
But having been in the country for a while now, she has also picked up a range of other common Aussie phrases that she didn’t know about.
A cup of tea becomes a ‘cuppa’ for Australians, just as it is in the UK,
And, instead of saying afternoon, Aussies also say ‘arvo’, Brittany found out.
Come to think of it, they never did say ‘put a shrimp on the barbie’ on Home and Away.
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♬ original sound – Brittany Neff
Brittany said in the video: ‘Living in America, you always hear that one Australian slang like “throw some shrimp on a barbie”. I feel like after moving to Australia, my childhood was a lie.
‘Because A, I’ve never had shrimp on a barbie here and B, Australians don’t even call shrimp “shrimp”, they call them “prawns”. I’m upset.’
Brittany is not the only one to think it’s a common thing. The phrase is commonly associated with Australians.
It was first popularised in the 80s when an Australian tourism advert starring actor Paul Hogan was released.
The actor urged Americans to ‘come and say g’day’, adding ‘I’ll slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you’.
For now Brittany is still learning the lingo.
She added: ‘I’m a huge tea fanatic, I would have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and during snack time. And I would just call it a cup of tea back home.
‘But in Australia, they call it a “cuppa… I’m going to have a cuppa”. How cute is that?
‘In American, the time “afternoon” is just afternoon but in Australia, you would call it the arvo.’
The more you know.
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