Ordinary words Australians use every day that Americans think sound stupid or old fashioned.
  1. Diary
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    A Calendar. Americans reserve the word "diary" for a notebook that 12 year old girls write secrets in. In Australia you can make an appointment in someone's diary.
  2. Sticky Tape
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    Americans just call it "tape". Sometimes Australians just call it "sticky".
  3. Fringe
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    Bangs.
  4. Chewy
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    Gum. Chewy is an abbreviation of "chewing gum".
  5. Parcel
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    To Australians this is just another word for a package. But to Americans it sounds very oldy-worldy.
  6. Jumper
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    Sweater. Sweat is gross. Why do you even want to call it that?
  7. Tracksuit pants / Trackie dacks / Trackies / Trackpants
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    Sweat pants.
  8. Thongs
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    Flip flops
  9. Brolly
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    Umbrella
  10. Power point
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    Outlet
  11. Click (your fingers)
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    Snap (your fingers)
  12. Tap
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    Faucet. Americans think taps are just for beer kegs.
  13. Footpath
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    Sidewalk
  14. Travelator
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    Americans call it a moving walkway. It's a horizontal escalator that you see in airports.
  15. Lift
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    Elevator
  16. Verandah
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    Americans say "porch". Australians say either porch or verandah.
  17. Timber
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    Americans say "wood". Australians say both interchangeably.
  18. Fairy Floss
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    Cotton candy. How much more fun does fairy floss sound though.
  19. Doona
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    Comforter. I challenge anyone to think of a more cosy word than doona. There is none.
  20. Trolley
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    Shopping cart
  21. Boot
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    Trunk
  22. Bonnet
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    Hood
  23. Boardroom
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    Conference room
  24. Grill
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    To Broil. To cook by exposure to direct, intense radiant heat, usually on the top rack of the oven.
  25. Barbecue
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    A grill. Or to grill. Barbecue can be used as a noun or a verb. It does not mean Texas barbecue style.
  26. Cutlery
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    Flatware / silverware.
  27. Serviette
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    Napkin
  28. Entree
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    Starter / Appetizer
  29. Main Course
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    Entree
  30. Bill
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    Check
  31. Prawn
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    Shrimp
  32. Muesli
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    Granola. Also a granola bar is called a muesli bar in Australia.
  33. Lollies
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    Candy. One lolly, two lollies.
  34. Biscuit
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    Cookie
  35. Chocolate bar
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    Candy bar
  36. Block of chocolate
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    Chocolate bar
  37. Scull (a drink)
    Giphy
    Chug (a drink)
  38. Bulldog clip (stationery)
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    Binder clip. Once the bulldog bites, it's never letting go.
  39. Butterfly clip (hair)
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    Claw clip. Who doesn't want a butterfly landing in their hair.
  40. Press studs
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    Snap closures
  41. Wardrobe
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    Closet. In America, wardrobe means your clothes but not the cupboard they go into.
  42. Purse
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    Wallet. In Australia, purse is just a word for a ladies' wallet. A bag for other personal items and makeup is called a handbag.
  43. Handbag
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    Purse. In America, a girl carries a purse. In Australia, this is called a handbag.
  44. Insurance Excess
    Deductible
  45. Superannuation / Super
    401K or retirement fund
  46. Group Certificate
    W2 form
  47. Holiday
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    Vacation
  48. Public Holiday
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    Holiday
  49. GP (Doctor)
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    Primary Care Provider
  50. Physio / Physiotherapist
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    Physical Therapist
  51. Courier
    Messenger
  52. Primary School
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    Elementary School
  53. Uni / University
    College
  54. Nappy
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    Diaper
  55. Dummy
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    Pacifier
  56. Cot
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    Crib
  57. Pram or Pusher
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    Stroller
  58. Mobile
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    Cell phone
  59. Wool
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    Yarn
  60. Caravan
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    Trailer
  61. Denim jacket
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    Jean jacket
  62. Rubbish bin
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    Trash can / garbage can
  63. Rubbish
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    Trash / garbage
  64. Hot Chips
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    French fries
  65. Chips
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    Chips / crisps
  66. To barrack (for a team)
    To root (for a team)
  67. Tomato Sauce
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    Ketchup
  68. Marinara Sauce
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    Red pasta sauce containing seafood. In America, marinara sauce is made of tomatoes and onions but contains no seafood. It simply means "sailor style". As prepared by sailors apparently.
  69. Capsicum
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    Pepper
  70. Chili
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    Chili Pepper
  71. Pepper
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    Black pepper
  72. Coriander
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    Cilantro
  73. Double Bed
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    Full Bed
  74. Sport
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    Sports
  75. Maths
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    Math
  76. Toilet
    Restroom
  77. Top
    Shirt
  78. Shirt
    Buttondown