Woman shocked to find her favourite Aussie phrase is a 'lie'

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

An American woman living in Australia has been shocked to discover her favourite Aussie phrase isn't actually used here at all.

Brittany Neff, who moved to Geelong, Victoria, from Pennsylvania in 2019, has shared the phrase she thought would be popular in Australia, only to find her "childhood was a lie".

An American woman living in Australia has been shocked to discover her favourite Aussie phrase isn't actually used here at all. Photo: TikTok/@neffenator
An American woman living in Australia has been shocked to discover her favourite Aussie phrase isn't actually used here at all. Photo: TikTok/@neffenator

"Living in America, you always hear that one Australian slang like 'throw some shrimp on a barbie'," she said in a video on TikTok. "I feel like after moving to Australia, my childhood was a lie.

"Because A, I've never had shrimp on a barbie here and B, Australians don't call even shrimp 'shrimp', they call them 'prawns'. I'm upset."

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The slogan originated in the ‘80s from an Australian Tourism ad targeted at Americans starring Paul Hogan, who told them to "come and say g'day", adding, "I'll slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you".

Brittany has been sharing the other differences she's been discovering since living in Australia including the way we say, "cuppa" and "arvo".

Brittany has been documenting the many differences between the US and Australia on TikTok. Photo: TikTok/@neffenator
Brittany has been documenting the many differences between the US and Australia on TikTok. Photo: TikTok/@neffenator

"I'm a huge tea fanatic, I would have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack time whatever. And I would just call it a cup of tea back home," she said.

"But in Australia, you call it a 'cuppa', like, 'Oh, I'm going to have a cuppa'. Like, how cute is that?"

In response to a commenter, Brittany also added that tea tastes "so much better" in Australia.

"In America, the time after noon is just called afternoon, whereas in Australia you would call it 'the arvo'."

Brittany also added that while she doesn't "understand" AFL she still likes it.

In another video she shared the moment she found out that Aussies call the band AC/DC 'Acca Dacca', telling her followers, "That is so cool, but so bizarre, but I love it."

Brittany added that she never knew Keith Urban grew up in Australia, "I just have this perception that all country music comes from the South in the US. I don't know, I'm really sorry."

She also explained how 'bogans' in Australia are like red necks in the US.

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