Ranchlands Down Under: Learning the Lingo

August 22, 2016

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Sam is an apprentice on Chico Basin Ranch. As part of her apprenticeship, she spent eight months working on a cattle station in Australia.

Another important part of working on the station was learning the local slang that the crew used every day. The first week I was a bit confused about what they were saying but I was able to sort it out in no time. Here are a few of my favorites and most common:

Bitchumen- asphalt road
Sanga- sandwich
Crook- sick
Esky- cooler
Gabbies- crawfish
Swag- bedroll
Avo- afternoon
Dary- cigarette
Yards- corrals
Ute- truck
Maccas- McDonald’s
Winge- complain
Kip- nap
Keen- eager
Perishin- thirsty
Pad- cattle trail
Tail out- graze out
Plant- remuda, horse string
Bore- water line
Poddy- orphan calf