01 July 2012

Kiwi Slang (part 3)

This is taking longer than expected to complete... but here's the second to the last part! Covering L-R


Lamington – sponge cake cube, coated in icing, covered in dried coconut

Lift – elevator

Long drop – outdoor toilet built over a hole in the ground

Loo – toilet

Lolly – any sweet or confectionery

Local rag – local newspaper


Maori roast – fish and chips, popular fast food

Maori – native people to New Zealand

Marmite – popular spread, made from yeast extract

Mainland – refers to the South Island, because it is slightly bigger than the North Island

Mate – commonly used for friend, but can also be used for a stranger

Mate's rates – special price of something offered for friends

Manus – idiot

Mean – good, “That’s a mean car!”

Metal road – country gravel road

Milo – brand of hot chocolate drink

Mince – ground meat

Mozzie – mosquito

Moko – traditional Maori tattoo that covers the face and body

Morning tea – late morning brake

Mr whippy – mobile ice–cream vendor in specially modified minivan

Munted – damaged beyond repair
Nana – grandmother

Nappy – diaper

No sweat – no problem

No worries – no problem

Nought – zero

Note – monetary bill

Nick – steal, “He nicked my shoes!”
OE – overseas experience, popular long term holiday of university graduates, historically into UK

Oz – Australia

Op shop – opportunity shop, second hand shop

P  –  Crystallised Methamphetamine, sort of addictive narcotics

Pakeha – non–Maori of European descent

Paddock – field with animals graze

Paua – abalone, popular and highly expencive eatable shell

Pavlova – meringue tort, covered in cream and fruit, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova

Pashing – kissing

Petrol –  fuel for engine, gasoline, benzene

Pecking order – the order in which siblings are born

Petrol station – gas station

Pikelet – small pancake

Pinch – steal, “He pinched my pen!”

Pinky – small finger

Pinky bar – popular chocolate covered pink marshmallow candy bar

Pipi – edible shell

Pissing around – wasting time

Pissed – drunk

Pissing down – raining hard

Piss off – go away

Pissed off – angry

Plaster – band aid

Pressie – present

Pong – bad smell

Pottle – container in which strawberries are sold

Post code – zip code

Pram – baby carriage

Prang – minor vehicle accident

Primo – excellent, good, “This ice cream is primo!”

Pub – local bar

Queen street farmer – sarcastic term for investor in rural land with no knowledge of land use

Quater–acre section – historical and nostalgic size for a suburban house land section

Rack off – go away

Ranch slider – sliding door

Rattle your dags – command to hurry up

Raining cats and dogs – raining heavily

Rellies – relatives

Remuera tractor – SUV, 4 wheel drive car only on the city’s roads

Rej – reject

Ring–make – telephone call

Ripped off – paid to much, “You got ripped off on buying this car”

Rubber – elastic eraser

Rock melon – cantaloupe
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