Aussies Told to Not Use Slang Around US Marines

| May 2, 2019

U.S. Marines deplane a Boeing 777 at the Royal Australian Air Force base for the upcoming Marine Rotational Force – Darwin in Darwin, Australia, April 12. (Staff Sgt. Jordan E. Gilbert/Marine Corps)

The largest deployment of U.S. Marines to Australia is underway.

About 1,700 Marines began arriving in Darwin, Australia, in April for training and exercises, and their ranks are expected to grow to 2,500 by the time their stay ends in October.

And despite being in its eighth iteration of Marine Rotational Force–Darwin — not to mention speaking the same language — Australian troops have been ordered to avoid using slang around American counterparts.

“Imagine an American asking an Aussie soldier if they can see the enemy approaching and they respond with the classic local phrase of ‘nah, yeah’. The Yank would have no clue if they meant yes or no, which is understandable for someone who doesn’t get our slang,” the site LADbible said. — Article

The rest of the story is here: https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2019/05/02/australian-troops-ordered-to-avoid-using-slang-with-us-marines/?utm_source=clavis

Imagine, if you will, going to a foreign country and upon hearing the natives speak, ,you realize that even though you understand the words, you have no idea what they’re sayding.

For example:

Fosters: it’s Australian for beer.

Football: it’s Australian for soccer

Here’s a little more:

Drongo – a Fool, ‘Don’t be a drongo mate’

Dunny – Toilet

Durry – Cigarette

Esky – An insulated container that keeps things cold (usually beers)

Fair Dinkum – ‘Fair Dinkum?’ … ‘Fair Dinkum!’ = Honestly? … Yeah honestly!

Flannie / Flanno – flannelette shirt

Flat out – Really busy – “Flat out like a lizard drinking” – As busy as a bee

Of course, some Marine Corps slang might confuse the Aussies: I think they use the term “head” for restroom. I can imagine some odd looks the Jarheads will get for that one.

Category: Aussies, Marines

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    We don’t speak English, we speak American.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      And they speak Strine.

      I think the largest deployment of Marines to Australia was probably in the 1940’s.

      • Mick says:

        During WW2, “Waltzing Matilda” became the official song of 1st MARDIV.

        https://www.1stmardiv.marines.mil/Units/1ST-DIV-BAND/History/WW2/

        “The 1st Marine Division Band was organized during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations. During the early stages of World War II, the 1st Marine Division launched the first land offensive against Japan, and the band laid its instruments aside and became front line troops for the four months of the campaign. With the Division relieved at Guadalcanal and sent to Australia for rest and rehabilitation, the band again resumed its duties in the realm of music. Playing concerts at Melbourne, Sidney, and other principal cities of Australia, the band was met with enthusiastic acclaim and was soon unofficially adopted as “Australia’s Own.” The song Waltzing Matilda, an Australian icon, was then adopted as the official song of the 1st Marine Division. With the surrender of Japan and war’s end, the band returned to the United States.”

  2. Mick says:

    “To get to the head, go through that hatch, take the ladder to the second deck, then go down the P-Way past the scuttlebutt on the port side bulkhead, and the head will be to starboard. If the head is secured, go see the 4. And if you’re looking for pogey bait, they sell that in the gedunk over there (Marine points to gedunk).”

    “There aren’t any Docs around here this afternoon because they’re all taking a rope yarn, so don’t cut yourself while you’re playing around with that John Wayne.”

    • AW1Ed says:

      If you want on the Binnacle List submit a chit to the pecker checker, and get back to field day, ya non-rate.

  3. JTB says:

    You also forgot their prolific use of the word “_unt”

    • Joe Roberts says:

      If you really mean it, you say someone’s a DEAD -unt. Live ones are useful.

  4. Sapper3307 says:

    What’s Aussi for crayons?

  5. Roh-Dog says:

    Yeah, you wouldn’t want Australian culture being absorbed by Marines, might take up too much room in the brain-housing group.
    FFS, I thought the idea was to train with our allies AND build esprit de corps. Wtf do I know tho…?
    Also, people default to their training during high stress, sh*t falls out of nowhere, so wouldn’t it be nice to know slang?
    Just a theory.

  6. The Other Whitey says:

    Reminds me of this.

    https://youtu.be/jV2_HwFO9kg

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Underrated movie.

      • Slow Joe says:

        WTF r u talkin bout?

        Eurotrip is a classic.
        Every 11 bang bang I know can quote it.

        Scotty doesn’t know!

        Hot European Sex!

        Scusi, scusi…

        I saw a gay porno once. I didn’t know until halfway in. The girls never came.

        • Mason says:

          un·der·rate
          /ˌəndə(r)ˈrāt/
          verb
          past tense: underrated;
          past participle: underrated

          Definition: underestimate the extent, value, or importance of (someone or something).
          “a very underrated film”

          synonyms:undervalue, underestimate, set little store by, rate too low, not do justice to, do an injustice to, be wrong about, sell short, play down, understate, minimize, de-emphasize, underemphasize, diminish, downgrade, reduce, lessen, brush aside, gloss over, trivialize; More

          antonyms: overrate, exaggerate

          ///Here endeth the lesson///

          So Roh-Dog’s saying he LIKES the movie, dude.

  7. cato says:

    As a Marine I was assigned to the Australian Army for nearly 6 months in VN (Nui Dat). No communication problems. Their professionalism and discipline always impressed me. Some of my best memories are of the friends (mates) I made at Nui Dat. Exceptional.

  8. Mason says:

    God help us if we can’t even communicate with allies speaking the same freaking language.

    They should just mandate communicating solely in emoji. Aside from the language of love, it’s the only universal mode of communication, and one that most of our young-uns would be all too familiar with.

  9. Kenneth Taylor says:

    The Diggers and Yanks will work it out and indoctrinate each other over a few goffers and crockers. No matter what the politically correct want them to do. Soldier’s will do as they please when it comes to working together. We did it in Nam, and we will do it here.

    • Claw says:

      “WE did it in Nam,”

      Hey, Kenneth Taylor, since you brought it up and have failed to answer the direct question at least 10 times, we’ll ask once again, when was it you served in Viet of the Nam?

      There still exists a problem of finding anyone by your name on the rosters of those from down under who served a tour there and just how it could come about that you have a foot locker full of North Vietnamese currency (Dong).

      We’ll wait for your answer, but I’m telling you, the Cricket Brigade is getting pretty loud.

  10. Aussiepusser says:

    Jeez. Stone the crows. They’ll figure it out once a digger takes them to the bottle-o in his ute, which is next to the servo, in his thongs, to buy stubbies and a goon

  11. 1SG Eazy E says:

    I was in a Joint Command with the Aussies in 2012 in AFG. I love the liberal use of the word “cunt” as in “That poor cunt can’t catch a break”. I also like the old “You got Buckley’s Chance mate”. Referring to William Buckley, who went off into the bush of Australia and was assumed to be dead. Until many years later when explorers found him alive and well living with the Aborigines. I heard that used 3 or 4 times before I was like ‘what the hell does that mean?’

    • Aussiepusser says:

      Favourite saying…..You’ve got two chances – Buckleys and Fuck all

      • SidneyBroadshead says:

        I like “Malaba Day” – the day that never comes.

        “After the 2020 Election when will President Hillary Clinton get sworn in?”
        “Oh, on Malaba Day. She’s got Buckley’s Chance, mate.”

  12. Jay says:

    Worked with the Aussies for a month in 07. Great bunch of ‘mates’. Picked up an undying love of Rugby while I was down there, an unhealthy obsession with Victoria Bitter beer, and managed to teach them how to play spades. A good time was had by all. They taught me some lingo (Bruce, I knew I had ARRIVED when they called me CUNT, lol, “Piece of Piss”, and loads more I still use). They are seriously underestimating the comprehension power of the average American servicemember, not to mention the camaraderie that can be built by sharing slang and anachronisms unique to our cultures.

  13. NHSparky says:

    VB and Aussie steaks.

    I do miss Sydney and Brisbane. 50th anniversary of Battle of Coral Sea. I was on the Proteus at the time. To say that trip was a liberty run would be putting it mildly.