Damn, we love the Aussies. They are without a doubt the funniest, most irreverent people on the face of the earth. It’s really rare to meet one we don’t love.
But the language? If you look it up in the encyclopedia, it will tell you they speak English, but they really don’t. Oh, sure, the words sound vaguely English as they roll out of an Aussie’s mouth, but we often walk away thinking, What the hell did that guy just say?
Our friends in Kalgoorlie (abbreviated to “Kal” by the locals) referred to “Chrissy decos” and “workie visos” the other night. We had to stop and ask them what they were talking about. We knew they were shortening words as is the Aussie habit, but we didn’t have a clue what those words might be.
“Chrissy decos” are Christmas decorations and “workie visos” are the colorful, reflective safety uniforms worn by workers.
Here’s a hilarious video that explains it all: