We have listed such words for your reference with meaning in the below section to honour our Australian day celebrated on 26 th Jan every year. WELL DONE MABEL.. Nothing to do with where you may or may not be going. I have referred to friends as mates, but then I’ve also called somebody I’ve met for the first time ‘mate.’ It’s one of those words that can be used in different forms without anybody else knowing what you’re referring to. The saying “ Australia where everyone’s your mate, but your real mates are cunts.” Is true in many circles but not all there is those with yob, yobbo and bogan connections or youth of the 90s and onwards it is quiet common. This stereotype dates back to over a century ago when Australian poet Henry Lawson wrote a short story titled Mateship and referred to the grandest of mates as ‘blokes’ – men. A history of being “in-mates” It did not go ahead in a time where then-Prime Minister John Howard pushed for tougher rules surrounding migration intake and previously denounced multiculturalism alongside the One Australia policy. Australians use the word “heaps”….well, HEAPS. These people in the photos project their art with so much confidence. I really appreciate it 🙂, Thnxx alot m glad u liked it 😊😊😊, No worries. Yes, you are right to think the word ‘mate’ implies friendship and knowingness 😀 While a lot of women I know aren’t put off by being called ‘mate’, the general consensus here is that is is a masculine term. ‘the fundamentals of human relationship remains…meeting of mind’ Agreed. During the world wars and colonial eras, ‘mate’ was used among Australian ‘diggers’ (soldiers) as a term of encouragement, encouraging necessitous solidarity, trust and loyalty towards each other whilst putting their lives on the lines. So keep singing and writing ❤, Awesome photography, Mabel! Thank you for reading, Shreyans. Though the overall essence of using such word is universal but it changes its avatar from place to place from country to country and from time to time. When Australians say "mate" to me all the time on reddit, are they being sarcastic or really sincere? SHREYANS. Thanking Someone In India there is an equivalent phrase “bhai bhai”, pointed by Mani also and many other parts of world we call “buddy” highlighted by Somali, and the very essence of the word is about friendship and equality cutting across the age, gender, profession to occupation to region to religion. Maybe "mate" is short for "inmate" and that's why Australians call each other that. Would really like to believe ‘mates’ originated from in-mates calling each other mates. How do you use it? Often Australians use ‘mate’ as a simple greeting, as a way to address one as someone or somebody. Maybe as you inferred, it could be with the word ‘mate’ or ‘bhai bhai’ or any word of the equivalent in between – and these words are used in every day situations that we don’t stop to think about. Also used to replace expressions like “really?”, “oh yeah” etc. | Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting. For example, “I’m across … The vocabulary of Australia is drawn from many sources, including various dialects of British English as well as Gaelic languages, some Indigenous Australian languages, and Polynesian languages. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Calling someone ‘mate’ while defending the country was an ode to brotherhood alongside facing the hardships of fighting wars. A: Nah, I’m alright mate. /r/all. You already sound such a natural at using the word, mate, Allan. It is about meeting of mind and good nature of caring and sharing. It can mean Australian Rules football or rugby, depending on where you are in Australia. We don’t say ‘Not even’ down here, (sounds a wee bit of an annoying phrase 🙂 ) and I’ve never heard it before, ever. Hard yakka: the very Australian way to say hard work. It’s not used all the time, but sometimes. 2. They certainly go hand in hand with the notion of mateship. Or maybe not. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, very broadly ‘mateship’ is ‘an Australian code of conduct that emphasizes egalitarianism and fellowship’. 🙂, Thanks, Sylvia. Knowing how slangs come and go, however, I still wondered if there was more to it. That could be very true – our taste in words changes over time. Today with the power of connection, distance has lost all its relevance and physical presence has lost it significance. Hullo Mabel, As such, our ‘mate’ back in the day is someone we have to put up with regardless of our differences. Archy: What? It is true that technology and all things computes and phones have enabled us to connect us so much more closer no matter where we are in the world. You too have a wonderful day ahead, Nihar 🙂. And always Nihar, a very refreshing comment from you. When I took calls for work, callers have said to me: ‘G’day, mate.’ ‘How’s it going, mate?’ Can you look into this for me, mate?’ Sounds ‘bout right, mate’. Often combined with “mate”, … You keep up your photography 🙂 ❤. You’ve done a sterling job opening this conversation, Mabel. “G’day” General greeting, used instead of “hello”, both day and night. It gets really hot in the summer in Australia, so you better have that esky on hand to keep the cool drinks flowing and your body temperature at tolerable levels. And ‘Ow’ and ‘Arvo’. Stay warm dan jangan sakit sejuk 😀, Hahhaha iya kalau dingin harus pakai Jaket tebal ya Mabel.. 😀, Sekarang musim dinging, setiap hari Mabel pakai jaket tebal. In honor of Australia Day (celebrated on the 26th January) and our laid back brothers and sisters Down Under, we’ve put together a list of ten Aussie expressions to master. 1. Other similar terms that still have some current use (to me, an old bloke in his late 60s, anyway) include Friend, Brother, Sweetheart, Sweetie, Darl. She must have thought you were a really nice person to hang out with and just so happened to get the wrong impression. How do you use it? Today ‘mate’ comes with stereotype: it’s associated with masculine culture, not usually a word that’s directed towards women or used by women. Very kind of you to stop by 🙂. 153 comments. Maybe we are polite not to throw it around too often. I think a lot of us Aussies simply like going with the flow. Often Australians use ‘mate’ as a simple greeting, as a way to address one as someone or somebody. I only started hearing it when I went to university, and I came to see that it’s a part of Aussie slang Australian English. It is about understanding each other and building that mutual understanding that builds the bridges of human relationship across community and countries. 7 Ways People Use “Mate” In Australia Instead of Friend “He’s my best mate!” Mate and friend are interchangeable in Australia. Good to hear that things are on level terms now. Interestingly, in all these cases, they refer only to men. Posted by 2 years ago. Australian teacher Peter Baskerville put it this way: the word is profoundly tribal and goes towards forming bonds to withstand ‘duress faced by Aussie POW’s in the Japanese death camps of WW2’. ( Log Out /  Her earbashing while I tried to study was driving me crazy! It is very kind of you to refer to me as a master on cultural diversity. “G’day, mate!” (mostly used by men though, not so often by women. How do you use it? I guess when in doubt, just avoid using such phrases. Living in Melbourne, I’ve friends from different backgrounds, different ethnicities and different age groups living different lifestyles. Aussies bring their eskys with them to that said beach barbie in order to keep the drinks cool. It is interesting to hear the Spanish influenced the language in the Philippines 😀. In 2012, the word was banned by hospital Northern NSW Local Health for coming across as ‘disrespectful, unprofessional, disempowering’ – overly endearing in a sense. Howdy – Hello, a warm greeting to welcome a person. because of Australian roots as a huge prison for the English Colonies? It can also be used sarcastically, ie. Americans would use this to mean they’re full (of food), but Aussies also use it to say that they’re tired or in trouble. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, 1999 Australian constitutional referendum, pushed for tougher rules surrounding migration intake, banned by hospital Northern NSW Local Health, ‘mateship’ was swapped for ‘friendship’. In such circumstances it is important to get the calm and composure restored, in place and using such common word “mate” and accepted word with a purpose which is well accepted across makes it easy to build a healthy engagement in society…, Thanks so much Mabel for each time sharing with us one important perspective after another and let this saga of yours and your passion for dissecting the little nuances of life and the way we all live and exchange our thoughts continue forever…. Have a superb weekend. Northern too I reckon. ‘No worries, mate.’ ‘See ya, mate.’ No need to address me by my name at all. Barbie: Short for barbeque. Mateship as equality and egalitarianism. Singing The National Anthem: What Does Advance Australia Fair Mean. Cheers – thanks, a magic word to express gratitude . We send it out once a month and you can opt out anytime. I’ve heard it occasionally here in Australia. Aussies use it to ask “how are you?” or to say “are you OK?” or “do you need help (with that task)?”. ( Log Out /  General greeting, used instead of “hello”, both day and night. Food for thought. Ya know, cuz it was originally just a bunch of convicts... Edit: I'm fully aware that "mate" is an independent word that did not arise as a shorthand term to refer to incarcerated people. Unfortunately, we are in a conflict zone with self and with the world around us and we keep fighting and keep arguing for reasons best know to us and we keep justifying our propositions. But used enough that not many of us are surprised when it is used. The idea of ‘mateship’ goes hand-in-hand with the word ‘mate’. Adds knowledge to my brain 🙂. I am an Australian, but live in New Zealand. Frank: ‘Cause I don’t feel like carrying you to the next bloody water hole. Reply Retweet Favorite. share. It went like this…’. I used to think it implies a friendship or a knowingness/kinship of the sort and, I was somewhat right 😀 Though, the word has more to it meaning, and thanks for such a well-researched post. You are now subscribed. My Dad and Step Mum live in NSW and my Step Mum is always saying 'but' at the end of the sentence. Common in Britain as well, but used even more enthusiastically by Aussies, who pepper the ends of their sentences with a longer, stretched out “maaaaate” that conveys friendliness and establishes a relaxed bond between the speakers. More recently in her 2011 Australia Day speech, then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard praised the spirit of ‘mateship’ and ‘a fair go’. I like your interpretation of the word mate – ‘someone you choose to be with for the rest of your life’. Avo: Short for avocado. Colloquialisms can be so easily be taken so literally or misinterpreted. Can also be used to start a sentence, for effect. Aussies are as relaxed about their language as they are about life, so using some (or all) of these expressions will bring your stress levels down and help you see the world from that characteristically chilled out Aussie perspective. Our ‘mate’ is supposedly our equal and someone we accept no matter where they come from – you’re a person like me and I’m like you. Sometimes, though, I get called ‘darl’ which is considered the female equivalent of ‘mate’ and it irks me…and that’s another topic for another day. That is a very strong statement, but when that happens, it is an amazing thing. Mateship as a greeting. However it’s not always approved by the everyday person. This spirit is reflected in the mini-series Changi (miniseries) (2001), film Gallipoli (1981) and TV-series Anzacs (1985). I agree Mabel, words may change and context may also change, human emotions and feelings, the fundamentals of human relationship remains. They even rather provocatively termed their jailors mate and the basic message was ‘you’re no better than us.’’. What does it mean? They greeted eachtoher as “Mate” as they all had one thing in common? 🙂, We certainly have a laid-back culture here in Australia. Mateship is an Australian cultural idiom that embodies equality, loyalty and friendship. I don’t have a problem with anyone calling me ‘mate’, but it’s not a word I use. On a much shallow comparison. Thank you for that explanation and history. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Sometimes it’s because we strongly believe in something – human instinct. There is more than meets the eye to everything and anything. Very interesting to know and agree with you that it can be used in many contexts and it comes off ambiguous but acceptable all round. instead of “fishing” or “driving”). Well, it’s shorter to start. “Don’t forget the esky! Local government reasoned that the term carried overtly Anglo-Saxon, male connotations – valid point and some have said the word is devalued currency, clichéd, overused and over-exhausted. It took me to Austrailia. 3. Recently the word ‘mateship’ was swapped for ‘friendship’ on a sign along the sacred military site Kokoda Track, infuriating Aussie veterans. How do you use it? 😀. You are correct. This is the abbreviated form of the phrase “a cup of tea.” This is one of the most common … Nothing like a solid relationship, friendship and connection – which I reckon is what makes many of us tick and feel comfortable at the end of the day. Our mate, our friend. Because it was used for those who sat & ate together, the convicts also used the word ‘mate’ to address jailers, to mean “you are not better than us”, and thus provoke them. So I’ve learned something. Yes my dear friend always a delight exchanges thoughts with you. In any case, I’m glad that you shed a lot of light on this. Apparently “pal” was used more frequently in Oz prior to WWII than this little beauty of communication. My white and female colleagues will call out ‘Bye, mate’ to anyone going home for the day, male or female, any gender in between. Positive: “Good on ya, mate. I haven’t head ‘pal’ much here in Australia. Guys will have a boys night out with “their mates”. I’ve slowly stopped saying “a lot”, “many”, … Words and language change as people come and go, and as we adapt the way we live to how we want to live and according to what makes us tick. Portable (drinks) cooler for short. I don’t know why I never bothered to look into it more because that’s what typically tend to do when intrigued about cultures and subcultures. Fascinating to read. I’m across it: Usually used at work to tell someone you’ve got it covered. Sometimes also refers to a bo… I am sure you are a good mate to many around you, else they wouldn’t be calling you mare, Miriam 🙂, Please hear my song in my website and like comment it means alot, thank you 🙏🙏🙏, I’ve had a look and you write great poetry and songs 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by here. The average Aussie thinks of ‘grabbing our mates for a beer over a barbie’ and ‘playing sport with our mates’ when they are bored – typical activities where generally more males participate in over females (as seen on Aussie beer and sport ads too). Beetroot: Beet. My Aussie and I have been together for 5 years now. Heaps. You'll hear from us soon! Or if … Tak suka kerana Mabel suka musim panas 😀, Hhahah musim panas akan datang Mabel.. nikmatilah saat dingin sekarang.. 😀, Kamu nikmati musim dingin. It is always a pleasure and honour to chat with you. Why do some Australians say 'But' at the end of their sentence? Mabel you have just taken my words, this is exactly how I feel about friendship…it is about the deep understanding and caring for each other and one is able to appreciate the things around us and able to empathize with each other, at the time of need. Put another shrimp on the barbie. We do shorten things though but not as bad as those lazy Aussies. If I really were to decipher our language, it’s a mix of the native language and of Spanish, English, Chinese, and other Asian countries. © EF Education First 2020. Space is so important for all of us – it defines us as individuals and also in a sense interpolates us to look out at others and the world. As always Mabel one more wonderful post and so much of research and detailing that goes behind all your post. I did like your post. You really aced that exam!” Sarcastic: “You broke a surf board again. I don’t have a lot of friends, but my friends and I can confide in each other Whenever a problem arises, most of them call me first… 🙂. You really are an excellent writer!! Throughout Australian history and up until today, saying ‘mate’ is a mark of Aussie culture: 1. ‘Mate’ has long been about friendship…but also more. A few times on the phone at work, angry callers who refuse to listen to me go, ‘Now listen, mate’. There’s also the general consensus here that Aussie guys usually don’t call their girls ‘mate’ unless they are pissed off with them, seeing them as a friend and nothing more. Mate is used to reference a man but you’ll even hear some Australian women using this word. Thank you so much. That is hilarious how your female neighbour took ‘darling’ literally. I am amazed at the manner in which you have delved in depth and presented the connotations associated with the word ‘mate’ in Australia and how these have varied through the different periods. if you are being called ” mate ”, that sends a warm feel and a positive approach. What does it mean? Yes, I did.”. Very detailed post, dear friend, and it is quite easy to see how much research and time you put into it. It’s a way to politely get someone’s attention – our mate, someone we want to talk to – without even knowing the other person’s name. Perhaps it is these words of mutual understanding that brings us all the more closer, because these words are so relatable no matter our class or social status, making us feel that we are on the spectrum as people in some way, no matter how small. I’ve heard/read about the word ‘mate’. Forever friends friendship is cultivated over time, not just from open-mindedness but efforts to be there for each other, to make time for each other. Depends on what you want to say. This is an abbreviation for “good day.” Most of the time you will hear this being used with mate. These days ‘pal’ seems to me a word used more in the States. Pergi main salji lagi 😀, Hahahha nanti tunggu saja.. sekarang masih fokus dengan ujian… 😀 😀. ‘Arvo’ sounds very Australian. “Sorry, can you tell me what time the train leaves?”, “At 2 o’clock, mate” or “Mate. Often combined with “mate”, as in…, How do you use it? Good on ya, mate.”. Perhaps other parts of the states you would though. This time its about "Why Do Australians Say Mate? Now shut up and don’t open your yap about the war again! 4. Used to mean everything from “you’re welcome” to “relax”. All rights reserved. In fact, I am sure you could write about cultural diversity or any topic that I’ve written on much better and bring around more perspectives than ever 😀. 2. I’m stuffed.”. “Thanks for buying me that concert ticket.” “No worries.”, How do you use it? Interesting to learn ‘bhai bhai’. Sometimes we wonder who our ‘mates’ truly are. Just shows how much information the words we use contains. 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