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Awesome list. I would like to add Milko for Milkman (yep they do still exist), checkout chick for cashier & quack for GP.
Thanks ‘seldombites’, how could I have left these out?!
Chalky- teacher, Polly- politician, Wharfy- waterside worker, Posty- postal officer, Cow cockie- cattle farmer, Towny- town dweller
postie (postman); copper (policeman); desk jockey (office worker); truckie (truck driver); journo (journalist); jackaroo (station-hand / stockman); ambo (ambulance driver); dole bludger (unemployed); greenie (environmentalist); Pollie (politician); surfie (surfer)
chalky = teacher. Even though the blackboard jungle is becoming a whiteboard jungle
I can’t think of one for photographers although we do call a photo a ‘snap’ and say ‘point and shoot’ but I don’t think that is exclusively Australian. It can’t be a shotty because that’s a shotgun!
Yes. Cheers. Helene
in Canada called Photogs
What are musicians called?
Digger comes from the fact that most soldiers came from the goldfields where they were digging for gold, nothing to do with digging trenches.
You’re absolutely bloody right there, Dig.
How have you forgotten about boileys hahaha they make the most money and are one of the main 4 trades.
I didn’t know that one. Cheers
Firery – Fire Man
The Filth (plus many others) – Police
Yes to firery for firefighter, no to The Filth – we call them cops here. I think the Filth is English.
Firey is correct. Firery not so much 🙂
It could be a sign of a dynamic evolving lexicon. Or a typo 😬
“Firery – Fire Man” – and Fire Woman.
Another nickname is Sheety.
A sheet metal worker.
Really?! New to me – thanks for the contribution
= dishwasher or ‘dish pig’. That vulgar name reminds me of ‘door bitch’ (obscene) meaning the (usually) female person who takes your ticket at the venue door.
shoppie – retail (shop) worker
bushie – bushman
cockie – farmer
wharfie – dock worker
bookie – bookmaker (takes horse race bets)
shock jock – talk-back radio announcer
Great contribution. Thanks!
Whinger. A person who complains constantly.
Cobbee. Best mate. Rooted. Tired or run down.
Dingos breakfast .means no break fast
Ripper . Means great. Stoked . Meaning excited or elated.
Hit the turps means . Drinking heavy.
Bad spelling cobber.
Very helpful for someone who had chippie wrong
Refrigeration/ Aircon tradies?
I’m not sure. Fridgy?
Chalky – a teacher
Blowie for aircon / refrig tradies – that is qualified from my mate Rocking Rob who is one. Keep those names coming 🙂
Shrink isn’t strictly Australian, we use it in America too.
How about a Dogs Eye a Pie
I don’t know that one??
Or for extra deliciousness: a dog’s eye and a dead horse (a meat pie with tomato sauce)
lackey – someone who does menial jobs/tasks or errands
There’s no specific term I can think of