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Since moving from Queensland to South Australia, I have discovered that in different states, items can be called different things. Examples:

Togs – no really uses this word in South Australia, it’s swimmers or bathers.
In Queensland, cheerios can refer to cocktail franks or cereal.
Devon in Queensland, Fritz in South Australia.
Jumper for all warm, long sleeve clothing in Queensland. In South Australia, there is a proper name for each and every variant! Wind cheater, fleece, rugby top, hoodie, etc.

And my personal favourite is how lego is pronounced ‘laygo’ in South Australia.


Posted anonymously, 27th April 2015


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  • Different states, different words

    Since moving from Queensland to South Australia, I have discovered that in different states, items can be called different things. Examples:

    Togs – no really uses this word in South Australia, it’s swimmers or bathers.
    In Queensland, cheerios can refer to cocktail franks or cereal.
    Devon in Queensland, Fritz in South Australia.
    Jumper for all warm, long sleeve clothing in Queensland. In South Australia, there is a proper name for each and every variant! Wind cheater, fleece, rugby top, hoodie, etc.

    And my personal favourite is how lego is pronounced ‘laygo’ in South Australia.

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  • that is funny hey! all the different words and various twists on the aussie accent in diff states

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  • I call a quilt a quilt but I know a lot of people call it a Doona.

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  • I remember visiting New Zealand and wondered what they meant when they referred to the ‘dairy’. It is actually a milk bar!

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  • The difference and variety across Australia is wonderful!

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  • This made me have a little bit of a giggle. I have lived in Qld my whole life but it is funny that a country can have so many variants.! I am sure other states have something different again

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  • I too found this out and think why are things called different names and whay can we not all have the same. My older boys were educated in QLD and then we moved to WA so they no longer had pencils instead they were either lead or colour pencils. Rubbers had to be called erasers and their school bag was not a port anymore. One of my sons lost his school bag and his teacher said do not worry I speak QLD as I loved a while. So many things had different names.

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  • South Australians often sound posh too… Get them to say: plant, dance. They say it more English but in nsw we sound more bogan:)

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  • Different states , different words , different school holidays and what it is important different road rules ( merging I am talking about), we live in Qld too.

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