We posted 10 ways to tell if you’re Australian earlier in the blog and here are another 10 – how many apply to you? We have also added brief explanations to the end for our visitors from across the sea!
You know you’re Australian when:
- You know the difference between thongs and a G-banger (thongs go on your feet, a G-banger is what others may call thong underwear!).
- You know that while we call our friends ‘Mates’, we don’t use terms like ‘Sheila’ and ‘Shrimp on the Barbie’, contrary to popular belief (it’s true, we really don’t say that – advertising has a lot to answer for!).
- You’re familiar with Neighbours, Home and Away, Playschool, A Country Practice, Norman Gunston, Barry Humphries, Blue Heelers, Ray Martin, Bert Newton, Lisa McCune, Jon Burgess, Number 96, Molly Meldrum, Kerry O’Brien etc (TV shows, characters and well known Australians – a bit of an institution really!).
- You drive on the left-hand side of the road (and sit in the right hand side of the car to drive!).
- You know that you can’t eat Fantales alone… Otherwise who will you play the “Who am I…” game with when you’re reading the wrapper? (Fantales are a yummy confection with celebrity bios and trivia written all over the wrappers).
- You feel obliged to spread salty black stuff that looks like congealed motor oil on bread… and actually grow to like it. You’ve also squeezed Vegemite through Vita Wheats to make little Vegemite worms (think of two thin wheat crisps with little holes, spread your margarine and vegemite on top, put two together and squeeze – little wormy shapes of spread come out all the holes – done it!).
- You have the ability to compress several words into one – ie ‘g’day’ and ‘d’reckn?’ (why use a whole bunch of words when one word will get the message across?).
- You know what fairy bread tastes like, and you can’t imagine your childhood without it (fairy bread is buttered bread covered in 100s of little coloured sprinkles – in Australia they are known as hundreds and thousands).
- Sausage rolls and meat pies. End of story (a must have snack food at all childrens parties, school lunch, pub lunch, pretty much anytime actually!).
- The private lives of footy and cricket players become more important than local and national news stories (Australians really love their sport and sporting heroes – what else can we say?).