I’ve added a bunch of words to my vocabulary since landing in New Zealand. Come along, let me introduce you to Kiwi slang… (Or at least my minimal understanding of it since being here a month ha!!)
Chip Butty – NZ’s favorite sandwich, white bread, fries and loads of TOMATO sauce, a variation on this can be seen on breakfast…Spaghettios on toast.
Togs – swim trunks, speedos, bikinis, swimming suits, anything related to swimwear
Torch – Flashlight
Gumboots – Rubber boots, rain boots, if you don’t have them you will suffer
Tramping – Hiking, sounds more hardcore right?!
Busking – performing on the street for money, common in NZ
Lolly Water – Bad beer, apparently Tui beer in a Kiwi’s eyes (wait for the lolly reference below)
Kumara – Sweet potato, NZ version
Cheers – Thanks! (duh)
Fish and Chips – NZ’s favorite fast food, sold in “scoops” of chips
Chips – Fries
Dodgy – Sketchy, shady, creepy, you get the idea
Pie – usually not the sweet variety but rather something similar to Chicken Pot Pie….these folks are DELISH.
Jandals – flip flops
Lollies – candy! This has become my permanent replacement for the word candy.
Puku – stomach, mine tends to hurt a lot when I eat too many of the lollies above
Mates/Cuz/Bros – Friends, amigos