24 May 2012

Kiwi Slang (part 2)

Picking up from where I left off.... this one covering D - K.

I must admit though, in the 3+ years I have been here, I haven't heard the locals use some of the words here... but most are still in circulation so good as gold!
    • Dairy – corner store
    • Dear – expensive
    • De Facto – a couple who live together but are not married
    • Ding – small dent in a vehicle
    • Dressing gown – bathrobe
    • Dob in – to inform the authorities of someone who is breaking the law
    • Drongo – term of abuse, idiot
    • Dodgy – unreliable
    • Dole – unemployment benefit
    • Down trou - dropping ones trousers
    • Down under - New Zealand, as seen from the northern hemisphere
    • Dux - the highest academically achieving student
    • Duvet - quilt
    • Dunny – toilet

    • Eh - used at the end of a sentence when expecting a response; pronounces "A?"
    • Electric jug - electric kettle
    • Engaged - busy phone line
    • Exercise books - school work books
    • Eye fillet - beef tenderloin

    • Fancy – something attractive
    • Feed – meal
    • Fizzy drink – soda
    • Flick – movie
    • Flat out – full speed
    • Flat – an apartment
    • Flat mates – people who live together in a flat or house
    • Flash – something that looks new
    • Flog – steal
    • Footpath – side walk, pavement
    • Fortnight – two weeks
    • Footy – rugby
    • Freezing works – meat processing factory
    • Fringe – bangs
    • Frock – dress

    • Gidday – hello
    • Gumboot – rubber boots
    • Grotty – dirty
    • Girl guide biscuits – fundrasing sale of biscuits by a charitable girl's organisation
    • Give it away – to abandon something
    • Give it heaps – try your best
    • Godzone – New Zealand
    • Going bush – become reclusive
    • Going nuts – going insane or angry
    • Good nick – good condition
    • Good on you – expression of approval, friendly approval of somebodys actions
    • Good as gold – affirmative answer, aproval of quality
    • Growling – to nark
    • Gizza – could be used in a sentence in the place of "give us a.."
    • Grannyflat – small self contained house on the same section as the main house
    • Greases – fish and chips, popular takeaway meal in New Zealand
    • Greenie – conservationalist, or member of Green Party
    • Green fingered bro – someone who regularly smokes cannabis
    • Greenstone – New Zealand jade
    • Grunds – underwear

    • Haere Mai - come here (Maori origin)
    • Haka - traditional Maori dance
    • Hand bag - purse
    • Handle - pint of beer
    • Hangi - traditional Maori meal prepared in an underground oven
    • Hamu - unlawfully demand somebody for food or money
    • Hard yakka - hard work
    • Hardcase - person with a good sense of humor
    • Half pie - poor performance
    • Headmaster - principal of a school
    • Heart of gold - kind, open hearted person
    • Hei matau - traditional Maori pendant, made from bone or greenstone carving in the shape of a highly stylized fish hook
    • Helengrad - New Zealand's capital city Wellington during the period from 1999 to 2008 while Helen Clark was the Prime Minister of New Zealand
    • Hen fruit - eggs
    • Heaps - a lot, "There are a lot of boats in the harbor - There are heaps of boats in the harbor"
    • Hire - rent
    • Hissy fit - throwing a tantrum
    • Hokey pokey - very popular type of ice cream flavor in New Zealand
    • Home and hosed - exclamation of completing a task safely or successfully
    • Hoon - person who engages in loutish, anti-social behavior
    • Hongi - traditional Maori greeting, done by pressing one's nose to another person's nose
    • Hop to it - comment to act quickly
    • Hosing down - heavy rain
    • Hotdog - corndog in local fast food shops
    • Hottie - hot water bottle
    • Housetrucker - individuals, families or groups who convert old trucks and school buses into mobile-homes and live in them
    • Hurl - vomit
    • How's it going mate - a common greeting

    • Ice block - ice pop
    • I'll see you right - promise between friends to help out in time of need, "I'll see you right for money till you get your job back"

    • Jafa – popular sort of small orange flavored candy with a chocolate center
    • Jandal – flip flop, thong
    • Jar – glass of beer
    • Jug – kettle
    • Jelly meat – canned animal food
    • Jelly tip – chocolate coated ice–cream, with a raspberry jelly tip
    • Janola – popular brand of household bleach
    • Jersey – sweater
    • Judder bump – speed bump
    • Jumper – woolen sweat

    • Kai – food (Maori origin)
    • Kai moana – sea food (Maori origin)
    • Ka pai – good job (Maori origin)
    • Kete – basket made from weaved flax (common native plant)
    • Kia Ora – hello (Maori origin)
    • Kina – sea urchin Maori origin)
    • Kiwi bird – flightless bird native to New Zealand, national symbol of New Zealand
    • Kiwifruit – popular New Zealand fruit
    • Kiwi – New Zealander (also refers to the flightless bird)
    • Kindy – kindergarten
    • Knackered – sleepy or exhausted
    • Kumara – sweet potato
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