Arvo - Short for afternoon.
Bugger - This is a multi-tasking word and can be used in a variety of ways.
~ Bugger - Damn
~ Bugger off - You can bugger off - get lost
- To bugger off - to leave a place
~ Bugger me - Well, blow me down, what a surprise!
~ It's buggered - It's no longer working
~ You're a bit of a bugger - Usually said in a somewhat nice way to someone, describing them as a ratbag. (See - ratbag. :-))
~ Well, bugger that - I won't be doing that then.
Bench - Counter
Berky - to cause a scene. "I threw a bit of a berky."
Bloody and bloody hell - an everyday mild swear word, like damn, though usually said with slightly more emphasis than bugger. We Kiwis swear like sailors. Example: This bloody thing won't start. The bloody cat's eaten the roast leg of lamb for tea, the wee bugger. (See - tea)
Brassed off - Not very happy with something, fed up, pissed off
Brekky - shortened form of breakfast. All sorts of words get habitually shortened.
Bugalugs - a good all round word when you can't remember someone's name. As in - "What's bugalugs doing for tea?"
Bum - Backside, bottom, arse
Bush - Usually refers to untamed natural forest
Chilly Bin - A cooler you take to the beach
Choc-a-block - You're rather full
Choice - Fine, good quality, good value, excellent. "Crikey dick, how choice is that!"
Clappers - "Going like the clappers." Meaning to go, hell for leather. Very fast!
Convo - Short for conversation. "I had a bit of a convo with old bugalugs." See ~ bugalugs
Crook - Not feeling very well
Crikey or Crikey Dick - Roughly equivalent to Wow.
Cross - "I was very cross with old bugalugs." Mad, angry, pissed off, slightly annoyed, irritated.
Cruft - one of my made up words - a cross between crap and stuff.
Drongo - Someone who's a bit of a twit.
Energy for Africa - It means you have energy to spare, BIG time, lots of it. "He has energy for Africa." It's another of those multi-tasking phrases. "He can drum for Africa." When used like this, it means you can drum really well.
Dodgy - A wee bit suspect. Can be used in a number of ways. "Bob's a wee bit of a dodgy character." "That pizza was a bit dodgy."
Face Cloth - wash cloth
Flat tack - to be going like the 'clappers.' (See - Clappers)
Get Cracking - To get a move on. Hurry up. 'You'd better get cracking, mate.' (See - mate)
Giddy Aunt - "Oh my Giddy Aunt." - it means you can't quite believe something is happening. You might feel a bit 'gobsmacked.'
Give someone a bell - Ring or call them
Gobsmacked - flabbergasted
Grotty - Feeling unwell, sick, hung over or have the lurgy. Or something looks grotty, awful, unpleasant. "Those toilets were a wee bit grotty."
Handbag - purse. A purse in New Zealand is like a wallet.
Hit the sack or hit the nest - it means to go to bed
Jandals - flip-flops, thongs, slippers
Lemonade - 7up or Sprite.
Looks like she's been pulled through a gorse bush backwards - they look a mess
Lurgy - as in "the dreaded lurgy" - a bug that's going around
Mate - A friend, usually refers to males. "How's it going, mate?"
Morish - Something that's tasty, or toothsome and you want more of it. Can refer to anything.
Mozzies - mosquitoes
On the rantan - "To go out on the rantan." To go out and have a good time, drinking and partying, often picking up (or trying to) eligible members of the opposite sex.
On the trot - on the go or "Making something up on the trot." Winging it, making up bullshit, as you go along.
Paua - New Zealand abalone, the brightly colored shells make great jewelry and knick-knacks
Pissed as a chook - Completely trolleyed and can barely walk. See - trolleyed.
Postie - Postman or mail carrier.
Pottering - Puttering. 'I pottered around in the garden all day.'
Pottle - container, usually round, you might get a 'takeaway' in. (See - takeaway)
Rark Up - have fun, party. 'He got on the turps last night, had a real rark-up and got trolleyed out of his brain.' See - trolleyed. See - turps
Ratbag - someone who's fairly lovable, but you might not fully trust them
Ratshit - another multi-tasking word. "I got on the turps last night, now I feel ratshit." "I got dragged through a gorse bush backwards, now I look ratshit." "I've had a ratshit day." General translation: bad, awful, ghastly, grotty. See ~ gorse bush backwards. See ~ grotty.
Rubbish Bin - trash can
Stonkered - You've completely gone over your alcohol limit and should probably go to bed. "He's absolutely stonkered."
Stroppy - in a bolshie mood. Agitated and ready to pick a fight
Stuck in - "To get stuck in." Meaning to get into something, whether that's a meal or to have a go at someone.
Stump - Not as grumpy as stomp. When you're a bit irritated and you walk heavily.
Tantie - Short for tantrum. 'To throw a tantie.'
Takeaway - Take Out. You take it away from the shop. (store)
Tea - This has two meanings. Check which one you're getting. One means dinner. The other a cup of tea.
Tea Towel - dish cloth
Tipple - 'To have your daily tipple.' Your alcoholic beverage of choice
To take the Mickey - tease someone.
Trolleyed - when someone's been on the turps, gets absolutely boozed out of their brain and is completely legless. See - turps
Turps - "He looks like he's been on the turps." Drunken some gut rot alcohol and is very seedy now.
Waffle - Not the kind you eat. To ramble on about something. "He waffled on all night about nothing in particular."
Wanker - Someone who is being a bit of a jerk.
Wee - little or tiny. "We had a wee bit of tea out of the takeaway pottles."
Whinge - Like whine, but probably slightly more irritating. You can whinge on, be a whinger, sound whingey, have a whinge.
Wobbly - to throw a tantie. See - tantie. To throw a berky. See - berky. To get upset and make a scene.
Wouldn't have a bar of it - to not want to have anything to do with it. "When I suggested we have takeaways for tea, he wouldn't have a bar of it."