Even though Australia is an English-speaking country, at times it can seem like Aussies speak a completely different language. It definitely takes some time to get familiar with Aussie expressions and their use of short-forms. It has been entertaining to pick up on words and phrases that are unfamiliar and highlight them to my co-workers and friends. Of course, they return the favour but often they do not realize that a particular word or phrase isn't generally used outside of Australia. I highly doubt that I will leave Australia with an Aussie accent but I cannot guarantee that I won't take some words or phrases with me. This is a list I have compiled thus far, of words and phrases I hear often and my understanding of them.
Pretty ordinary - nothing special, opposite of extraordinary
Chockers (e.g., that bar was chockers) - full/busy
Going to the snow - since there's only one area where there's snow, it's referred to as "the snow"
Chuck a sickie - call in sick from work
Air con - can refer to the heating or cooling system
Rugged up - dressed in warm clothes
Smash it - do a good job at something
Stack it - have a fall
Knackered - tired, worn out
No dramas - no problem
Shocking (referring to a person) - unbelievable
Arvo - afternoon
Posi - short form for position
Niggles - aches or pains
Unco - short form for uncoordinated
Stoked - excited
Taking the piss - pulling fun at
To be continued...(see part 2 here).