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    Ads - TV commercials, advertisements
    Anklebiter - toddler, small child
    Aotearoa - Maori name for New Zealand meaning land of the long white cloud
    A & P Show - usually a 3 or 4 day event where farmers strut their stuff and win prizes for best cow, largest onion, best pikelet etc. (A&P = Agricultural & Pastoral)
    Arse - rear end, butt
    Arvo – afternoon

    Bach - holiday home
    Banger - sausage, as in bangers and mash
    Barbie - barbecue
    Beaut - great; good fun; "that'll be beaut mate"
    Big smoke - large town or city
    Biscuit - cookie
    Bit of dag - hard case, comedian, person with character
    Bitser - mongrel dog
    Bloke - man
    Blow me down - expression of surprise, as in; "Well! Blow me down, I didn't know that."
    Bludge - to sponge off others; as in "dole bludger"
    Bob's your Uncle - roughly translates to 'there ya go - that's all there is to it!' Just press this big red button that says 'Launch Missile', and "Bob's your uncle".
    Bonk - to have sex with
    Bonnet - car hood
    Boohai - awry; out of the way non-existant place. As in "up the boohai shooting pukeko's with a long-handled shovel": said in response to "Where are you going?", and meaning either "Mind your own business" or "I'm just wandering around". Or "up the boohai" (out of place; awry)
    Boot - car trunk
    Box of birds/budgies - cheerful, happy, very good
    Boxing day - the day after Christmas Day.
    Braces - suspenders
    Brassed off - disappointed, annoyed
    Brekkie - Short for 'breakfast'
    Brickie - bricklayer.
    Brilliant - excellent; great; wonderful
    Brown eye - to flash your naked butt at someone
    Bring a plate - means bring a dish of food to share
    Bugalugs - a bit like "mate" as in "how's it going bugalugs"
    Bugger - damn!
    Bugger all - not much, very little; as in "I know bugger all"
    Buggered - exhausted
    Bugger off - p1ss off, shove off, get out
    Bum - rear end, butt
    Bumper - fender
    Bun-fight - social gathering with food
    Bungy - kiwi slang for elastic strap, as in Bungy Jumping
    Bun in the oven - pregnant
    Bush - small and large trees and native plants densely packed together - sort of like a small forest.
    Bust a gut - make an intense effort

    Cackhanded - left handed, southpaw
    Candyfloss - cottoncandy
    Capsicum - green pepper
    Car park - parking lot
    Caravan - trailer, mobile home
    Cardy - woollen button-up-the-front jersey (also cardie)
    Carked it - died, kicked the bucket
    Cast - immobilised, unable to get to your feet
    Cheerio - goodbye
    Cheerio - name for a cocktail sausage
    Cheers - goodbye or thanks or good luck.
    Chemist - pharmacy, drug store. Also a euphemism for druggist.
    Cheque - check
    Chick - slang word for woman/female
    Chilly bin - sealable, usually polystyrene insulated box, for keeping beer & food cold
    Chips - crisps (see Hot chips)
    Chippy - builder, carpenter
    Chocka - full, overflowing
    Choc-a-block - full to overflowing
    Chocolate fish - a chocolate covered marshmallow fish. Also frequently given (literally or figuratively) as a reward for a job well done; as in "Good on ya, mate. You deserve a chocolate fish".
    Choice - very good
    Chook - chicken
    Chrissy - Christmas
    Chrissy pressies - Christmas presents
    Chuffed - pleased; as in "he was dead chuffed"
    Chuddy - chewing gum
    Chunder - vomit, throw up
    Cockie - farmer
    Cods wollop - untrue statement or remark is referred to as a "load of lod cods wollop".
    Colly wobbles - a feeling of nausea usually associated with nervousness
    Corker - very good
    Cornflour - cornstarch
    Cotton buds - Q-tips
    Courgette - zucchini
    Cracker - very good. See also wee cracker
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    Creek - small stream
    Crib - small holiday home mainly in South Island. Also known as 'bach'.
    Crikey dick! - gosh! wow!
    Crisps - potato chips
    Crook - sick, unwell
    Cuppa - cup of tea, as in cuppa tea
    Cuz - cousin, family

    Dag - hard case, joker; comedian, as in "Joe Blow's a bit of a dag isn't he?"
    Dairy - "corner" store originally only selling milk, bread, papers, convenience foods and dairy produce, and until the past decade or so, the only shop allowed to open 7 days a week. Still is the only shop allowed to open on Christmas day and Good Friday, for a few hours, and without a special licence.
    De facto - name used for a couple who are not married but are living together
    Ding - small dent in a vehicle
    Dole - unemployment benefit
    Dodgy - bad, unreliable, not good
    Doing the ton - Driving really, really fast! Doing 100mph.
    Down the gurgler - failed plan
    Draughts - checkers
    Dreaded lurgy - alternative name for the flu or a head cold; used as an excuse for not going to work, as in "I can't come in today because I have the dreaded lurgy". Also slang for venereal diseases.
    Dressing gown - bathrobe
    Drongo - stupid fool, idiot
    Drop your gear - take your clothes off, get undressed
    Dummy - pacifier
    Dunny - toilet, bathroom, lavatory
    Duvet - quilt, doona

    Ear bashing - someone talking incessantly
    Eh - pronounced as the letter "a" and often used at the end of sentences when expecting a response to a statement - it is not spoken as a question. i.e. "This would be a better gift eh?", instead of saying "Do you think this would be a better gift"? Also used as a substitute for "pardon?" or "what?" i.e. "eh"?
    Entree - appetizer, hors d'oeurve

    Fagged out - see knackered
    Fancy - hanker after somebody
    Fanny - A warning to Americans, take care how you use this phrase in New Zealand! A "fanny" refers to female genetalia; fanny is not the same as butt!
    Far out - 'Oh my gosh!' Expression of amazement.
    Fizzy - soda pop
    Finger stalls - back seats at the movie theatre, where adolescents take their girlfriends (but not to watch the movie!).
    Fizz Boat - small power boat
    Fizzy drink - soda pop
    Flannel - wash cloth, face cloth
    Flash - sensational or "that's flash" meaning it looks really good
    Flat - apartment, name for rental accommodation that is shared
    Flicks - movies, picture theatre
    Flog - steal, rob
    Footie - rugby union or league, as in "going to watch the footie"
    Footpath - pavement or sidewalk
    Frenchie - condom
    Fringe - bangs
    Frock tart - It's TV/Movie industry slang for someone who involved in making costumes. The term came from a disclaimer at the end a rather costume intense version of 'Xena: Warrior Princess'. It read: "No frock tarts were killed during the production of this motion picture, however, many wished they had been"
    Full tit - going very fast, using all your power, as in "he was running full tit"

    Gas guzzler - large car, usually associated with older USA imports
    Gawk / gawking - stare at; take a look at. As in "What are you gawking at!?"
    G'day - universal kiwi greeting, also spelled 'gidday'.
    Get off the grass - exclamation of disbelief; equivalent to "stop pulling my leg", "get outta here", and "no way"
    Get the willies - overcome with trepidation
    Gimme - abbreviation for "give me..."
    Give your ferret a run - have sex
    Gizza - abbreviation for "give us a..."
    Going bush - take a break, become reclusive
    Good on ya, mate! - congratulations, well done, proud of someone
    Good as gold - feeling good, not a problem, yes
    Greasies - fish and chips
    Gridiron - American football.
    Grizzle - whine, whinge, often done by children who are unhappy
    Ground floor - first floor. Very confusing for Kiwi visitors to the States!
    Gumboots or gummies - rubber boots, wellingtons
    Guts for garters - in big trouble; as in "I'll have your guts for garters!"
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    Handle - pint of beer
    Happy as larry - very happy
    Hard case - amusing, funny person
    Hard yakka - hard work
    Heaps - general expression to mean a lot, as in "miss you heaps", or try hard; "give it heaps"
    Hissy fit - throwing a tantrum when things you don't get your way or when someone does something to offend you.
    Hokey pokey - 'sea foam' candy
    Hollywood - to fake or exaggerate an injury on the sportsfield
    Home and hosed - safe, successfully finished, completed,
    Hoon - Young adult driving fast, boy racer
    Hooray - the Kiwi "Goodbye"
    Hot chips - chips/fries
    Hottie - hot water bottle
    Hosing down - heavy rain, raining heavily
    How's it going mate? - kiwi greeting
    Hunky dory/honky dory - everything's fine, as in "my life is hunky dory"

    Iceblock - popsicle, Ice Stick

    Jandals - thongs, sandals,flip-flops,
    Jersey - sweater
    Judder bar - speed bump
    Jumper - sweater, jersey

    Kiwi - New Zealander
    Kiwifruit - Brown furry skinned fruit, Zespri, Chinese Gooseberry
    Kick the bucket - die
    Knackered - exhausted, tired, lethargic
    Knickers - underwear
    Knuckle sandwhich - a fist in the teeth, punch in the mouth

    Laughing gear - mouth, as in wrap your laughing gear around this,
    L&P - Fizzy soda water
    Lemonade - 7Up
    Lift - elevator
    Lolly - candy, sweets
    Long drop - outdoor toilet, hole in ground
    Loo - bathroom, toilet
    Loose metal - gravel road
    Lorry - truck
    Lurgy - flu

    Mad - crazy
    Mad as a meat axe - very angry or crazy
    Main - primary dish of a meal
    Maori - indigenous people of New Zealand
    Mate - buddy
    Metal road - a country road (usually) with a gravel or shingle surface
    Morris club - a very exclusive group or club of New Zealand males who call each other "Morris", and in doing so it can cause a great deal of confusion to outsiders when they greet one another by the same name; as in "How's it going Morris?" replied with "Good thanks Morris, and you?" Membership is by invitation only.
    Motorway - freeway
    Munted - stuffed, useless

    Naff off - go away, get lost, leave me alone
    Nana - grandmother, grandma
    Nappy - diaper
    North Cape to the Bluff - from one end of New Zealand to the other
    Nought - zero

    OE - Overseas Experience, many students go on their OE after finishing university, see the world
    Offsider - an assistant, someones friend, as in "we saw him and his offsider going down the road"
    Old bomb - old car
    Oldies - parents
    On the never never - paying for something using layby, not paying straight away
    Open slather - a free-for-all

    Pack a sad - bad mood, morose, ill-humoured, broken , as in "she packed a sad"
    Pakeha - non-Maori person
    Pash - kiss/snog
    Patties - burgers
    Pav - pavlova, dessert usually topped with kiwifruit and cream
    Perve - to stare
    Petrol - gasoline, gas
    Piece-of-piss - easy, not hard to do, as in "didn't take me long to do, it was a piece of piss"
    Pikelet - small pancake usually had with jam and whipped cream
    Piker - someone who gives up easy, slacker
    Pike out - to give up when the going gets tough
    Pinky - little finger
    Pinky bar - a chocolate-covered marshmallow confection
    Piss around - waste time, muck around
    Pisshead - someone who drinks a lot of alcohol, heavy drinker
    Piss up - party, social gathering, excuse for drinking alcohol
    Pissed off - annoyed, angry, upset
    Plonk - cheap liquor, cheap wine
    Pong - bad smell, stink
    Postal code - zip code
    Pram - baby stroller, baby pushchair
    Pressie - present
    Pub - bar or hotel that serves liquor
    Puckeroo - something that is broken, buggered or otherwise disfunctional
    Pudding - dessert
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    Pushing up daisies - dead and buried

    Quack - Medical doctor
    Rack off - go away (angry), piss off
    Rark up - telling somebody off
    Rattle your dags - hurry up, get moving
    Rellies - relatives, family
    Root - have sex, get sex
    Ropeable - very angry
    Ring - to telephone somebody, as in "I'll give you a ring"
    Rust bucket - decrepit motor car

    Scarce as hens teeth - very scarce, rare
    Scarfie - university student
    Scull - consume, drink quickly
    Scroggin - trampers high energy food including dried fruits, chocolate
    Shark and taties - fish and chips
    Sheila - slang for woman/female
    She'll be right - not a problem, it'll be O.K.
    Shippie - prostitute "working" the ships docked at our international ports
    Shit a brick - exclamation of surprise or annoyance
    Shoot through - to leave suddenly
    Shout - to treat, to buy something for someone, as in "lunch is my shout"
    Sickie - to take a day off work or school because you are sick
    Skite - to boast, boasting, bragging
    Smoko - break, rest period
    snarky - mixture of sarcastic and nasty
    Snarler - sausage
    Snotty - snooty, ill-humoured, packing a sad
    Sook - cry baby, wimp
    Sparkie - electrician
    Sparrow fart - very early in the morning, sunrise
    Spinner - usually used to describe a female who is a little flakey/stupid (an air-head), as in "she's a real spinner!".
    Spit the dummy - to throw a tantrum or get mad.
    Sprog - child
    Spud - potato
    Squiz - take a quick look
    Steinie - bottle of Steinlager, brand lager
    Strapped for cash - low on cash, no money
    Stubby - small glass bottle of beer
    Stupid as a two bob watch - used to describe a person who behaves irrationally
    Suck the kumara - to die or otherwise cease
    Sunnies - sunglasses

    Ta - thanks
    Take a hike - expression of anger, as in; "Go away!" "Get lost!"
    Tea - evening meal, dinner
    Tiki tour - scenic tour, take the long route
    Togs - swimsuit, bathing costume
    Tramping - hiking
    Trots - horse racing with a buggy
    Trots - diaorrhoea as in "having a dose of the trots"
    Trundler - shopping trolley
    Twink - white-out
    Two sammies short of a picnic - used to describe a person who is a "bit thick".
    Up the duff - pregnant
    Ute - small pickup truck
    Veges - vegetables
    Walkshorts - dressy shorts for men
    Wally - clown, silly person
    What are ya! - "Are you mad?" or "You're taking the piss!"
    Whinge - complain, moan
    Wobbly - to have a tantrum
    Wop-wops - situated off the beaten track, out of the way location
    Yack - to have a conversation with a friend, to talk
    Yonks - forever, a long time ago, ages; as in "I haven't seen them in yonks".
    You ain't wrong - that's right, yes
    You can't help bad luck - contrary to the wording, the phrase quite often means congratulations!, also a dismissive phrase for "too bad" or "who cares"
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    Default New one...

    Just had to share the new slang I picked-up when I was in NZ in March...

    Hop have sex!!!

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    Not so much slang, but our six year old had a spelling test at school last week. I'll try to use appropriate phonetic spellings so you get what happened. The teacher asked the class to spell a word that sounded like 'PIER' to English ears.

    When they marked them, my six year old had got that wrong, but he was adament the word was spelled 'p i e r' so he went up to the teacher. "Oh no" she said, "I meant a 'pier of shoes" .

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    lol that good old Kiwi accent - he will get used to it, I promise

    Another slang word that we learned when Taffy's boss used to come over for a visit was 'durry', which means cigarette - he always used to say "I'm just nipping out in the garden for a quick durry" - always made us chuckle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bermy Girl View Post
    Just had to share the new slang I picked-up when I was in NZ in March...

    Hop have sex!!!

    And just HOW did you learn that phrase BG???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welshgirl View Post
    And just HOW did you learn that phrase BG???
    I must admit I've been meaning to ask the same question since it was first posted, but kept forgetting. You've saved me the trouble WG.
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    I made the mistake of saying that I was having a root (I was looking for my wallet in my bag).....there was a lot of sniggers in the room.... very embarassing...
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