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Favorite Australian Slang: Phrases to Call People Unintelligent

TIME : 2016/2/25 11:26:57

slangEvery culture has them – idioms that refer to people lacking a sort of mental awareness or intelligence in a funny kind of way. Think for example: “He’s a couple of fries short of a Happy Meal.” Another good one is, “He’s not the brightest crayon in the box.” Both are really good ways to talk about someone lacking brain power in a humorous tone.

Aussies are no different. I was flipping through my Aussie Slang Dictionary and came across quite a few, and here is the list:

  • Brick short of a load
  • Couple of pies short of a grand final – This is talking about the delicious meat pies and how they like to eat them at sporting events.
  • Drives uphill with the clutch slipping
  • Few ‘roos short in the top paddock
  • Few stubbies short of a six pack – Stubbies is a slang word for bottles of beer, which you can read more about in my drinking terms slang article.
  • Got space to sell between the ears
  • If his brains were dynamite, they wouldn’t blow his hat off.
  • Lift doesn’t go all the way to the top floor
  • Lights are on but nobody’s home
  • Nothing between the ears
  • Not the full quid – A quid was the slang term for the old Aussie pound, which is now a dollar.
  • Not the sharpest knife in the cutlery drawer
  • Not the sharpest tool in the shed
  • Out for lunch
  • Sandwich short of a picnic
  • Short of numbers in the Upper House
  • Snag short of a barbie – A snag is a slang word for sausages, and barbie is a barbecue. You can’t have a barbie in Oz without some good sausages!
  • Wouldn’t know his arse from his elbow