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    Lightbulb Most commonly used slangs by kiwis are....

    Most commonly used slangs by kiwis are....

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    Try these to give you some background. http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&gs_rn...iw=818&bih=519

    But what slang expressions (not 'slangs') you hear will depend very much on what group of people you're with. Language use varies with age group, workplace, region - all sorts of things.

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    Define 'slang'!

    Words you consider being might just be standard NZ English as opposed to AE, BE, AusE etc. Then within NZE there are of course colloquialisms, as the case may be varying by regions or ... Finally certain groups have their own words/vocabulary one might consider slang.

    Anyway what happens is, that a word that is perfectly 'normal' e.g. in AE is considered slang here in NZ or vice versa.

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    There's an entire website dedicated to Kiwi slang expressions - http://www.newzealandslang.com/

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    Whoever writes that website clearly has no idea what slang is. It's full of just plain English.

    Aubergine is slang for eggplant?
    Accelerator is slang for gas pedal?

    I don't think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylesdw View Post
    Whoever writes that website clearly has no idea what slang is. It's full of just plain English.
    Some of it is simply BE vs AE, and not really NZ specific at all.

    Don't quite get it, either.

    Daniela

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    I can think of relatively few words that I had never heard before moving to NZ. Off the top of my head -

    bach, bogun, munted, jandalls, wop-wops, cocky (meaning farmer)

    Plenty of known words with slightly different meanings but not many new ones.

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    It's turned to custard.

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    Some new uses on us (but again, these aren't slang, but NZ English usage) were ranch sliders, trundler/trundler park, and trumpet (as in ice cream).

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    There's the tendency to shorten some words.
    afternoon=arvo
    compensation = compo
    smoking break = smoko

    These get used in more formal situations too, such as newspaper headlines.

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