Date PostedAugust 2, 2017

A Guide to Australian Drinking Language



Ask someone from another part of the world if they understand everything we say and they’ll probably tell you there’s sometimes they don’t understand a word. That’s because we’ve developed our own language to uniquely describe the world around us and that goes for alcohol too.

For example the word “plonk” may be well known to a fellow Australian but to people in other parts of the world probably wont know that it means “alcohol”.

Box wine seems to be one of our favourites, soliciting numerous colloquialisms such as: goon, boxie, box monster, Dapto briefcase, Dubbo handbag, red handbag, goon, goonie, goon bag, goon juice and goon sack.

For some of the other typically Australian alcohol words read

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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course.Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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