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They tend to get the accent either a wrong, b generic, rather than specific to a British region or c too Cockney. In fact, 'Cockney' think the accent that Bart Simpson adopts whenever he pretends to be a Londoner is pretty much the most commonly affected English accent other than Received Pronunciation by American actors and typically derided by British audiences.

Accent type b , the generic "British accent" is common with British characters on American TV, even if they're being played by actual Brits. Brits do not sound like this on a general basis. Some suspect that American actors do this deliberately and with malice to poke fun at the British after all the years they had to endure British actors adding a million R's to the end of their words to sound like cowboys.

Irish actors in particular commonly play British characters, in partly because they are likely to be closely familiar with real British accents and can thus fake them well and partly because most young Irish actors looking to build up an international career end up moving to London it is a rare Irish actor indeed who doesn't have half a dozen British characters on his resume.

A subtrope of Fake Nationality , and cousin to Fake American. Basher: So unless we intend to do this job in Reno, we're in barney. Rita : I hate it when they hire Yanks to play Brits, you can always tell. Of course, Theron is South African, so the whole thing starts to get rather baffling. Amanda: after an awkward comment Oh! Should I not have said that?

I feel like a perfect arse! Well done list, brings back many memories of living down under. Elli caught the sook definition as I remember it, and one to add: Hamburger is called mincemeat. Figured that one out the first time my GF sent me to the shop for groceries!

Hamburger is a patty of cooked mincemeat to an Aussie. Most men would go the larger size though — those small things would barely wet your whistle. Pints in WA are also mils im pretty sure, i know their above the mark Us wa fuckers drink a lot of piss aba! How so?

Most of it is correct. Certain sayings and slang are used differently or not at all in different states. From the sounds of it, this person was mainly in Sydney and picked up the slang there. Not really. But half of these things I had no idea were considered words to anyone. But this to me is rather offencive. Totally agree!

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So many of these are wrong! As someone who lives in Sydney, you need to understand that only a very small amount of people say some of these things! Also, a lot of them are actually British and we have just picked them up.

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Wow, thanks for all of these comments here! Positive or not, I appreciate them all. Ever since then, I find it so important that I know my own language, English, inside and out. Living in Australia is an eye-opener for me in this, for certain, and I love it. So any corrections you have for me here, seriously, I appreciate.

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I would rather know, and want for readers to know too, so share away! It is a lovely site. Sounds disgusting but it is fantastic, once you get over the initial shock. Thanks for the list and keep them coming!!

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Hate to be a killer here. But dick is only offensive if it is on its own. Clever dick Smart dick Silly dick And laughingly we say. Of you fcking dick. Well done. You are helping to preserve Australian slang. Would love to discuss more. He then told me how the traditional half-time song at baseball matches now has a totally new meaning for him. A charming young lady said they were out here to root for their team.

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I was on a bus in Europe and took about 30 minutes to explain all the ways the word Piss is used. Pissed : drunk 2.

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Pissing on : drinking 3. On the piss: drinking, or back to drinking from a dry spell. Pissing in my pocket: said to someone who appears to be making non-genuine praise 5. Pissing off : taking off, going now 6. Piss off : go away 7. Pissed off: not happy with someone or situation 9. Pissed it up against the wall : usually to lose money or something of value in a haphazard way.

In SA we use it all the time instead of awesome or great. I got told by an American living in oz the best way to explain our accent is with pirates. Also OJ; orange juice. My nan calls baked beans on toast, skinheads on a raft. She also calls spaghetti on toast, worms on a raft and eggs on a raft is eggs on toast. Nice list. Many of the nuns in the teaching orders were Irish immigrants- as were many priests from the time of settlement until perhaps just before WWII.

Any kid in a state school would have been promptly reprimanded for such pronunciation. I went to a state school and I pronounce it haich. A couple of my friends say aich but some say haich too. Near bogan logan. Apocryphal, perhaps. Even the pronunciation of names of a couple of cities is non-intuitive. The -bourne in Melbourne is not pronounced -born, as in The Bourne Identity, but as -bun, as in bread. The -bane in Brisbane in not like the bane of my existence, but -bin like rubbish bin.

A pergola, which normally is a stand-alone arbor formed of trelliswork and used in a garden, in Australia is more like a veranda, that is, a roofed porch, hanging off the main structure like a lean-to.

Hey, I went looking at all this info in my English class, but tbh to be honest , we do not use half these words, nor know what they mean! Even though I am Australian. What a great list!! Going gang busters on your list. Working hard at something. We truly are unique. Thanks for the laugh.