NOTE TO READERS:
Unless you are a Kiwi (or an Aussie who understands Kiwi slang), some of this post may sound like a load of gibberish! This wasn’t intentional, it’s just the way it worked out. Hence I have now added a list of Kiwi Slang to the bottom of this post to enlighten you. Or amuse you. Or confuse you. This may be particularly helpful to my UK and US readers! But first, here is the original post …
I’ve had the weirdest feeling of déjà vu lately with certain moments or things sending me on a trip down memory lane.
Silly little things, like taking my jandals off while wearing a long skirt in order to drive. This takes me way back to the early 90’s as it’s something my mum used to do all the time and something I’ve found myself just starting to do. Sometimes I feel like I’m having a weird out of body experience and I have actually become her! It’s such a strange sensation.
Other things that have given me a sense of nostalgia lately are:
Rainy school days:
On afternoons that were bucketing down with rain my mum used to collect us from school and on those days (and those rainy days only!) we were allowed to have a Milo and toast with Marmite so I have fond memories of rain pattering on the roof while my sister and I would sit at the dining room table enjoying our aftrenoon snack. This is something I fully intend to do with my boys when they’re older (on the days I happen to be home at school pick up time anyway!).
I had severe asthma as a child and spent a whole lot of time in hospital and every time I was discharged it became a tradition to get a mince pie from a bakery on the way home. And sometimes a cream doughnut (cream filled bun coated in icing sugar and often with a dollop of jam, not a round donut like Homer favours on The Simpsons!). A mince pie and tomato sauce are still a favourite that certainly remind me of those early childhood years in and out of hospital wards.
Coke reminds me of my mum and step dads wedding when I was 5. Why? Because I wasn’t allowed one at the reception! Mum was afraid I would spill it on my very white bridesmaid dress but my new step sister was allowed (she was 8). Much to my disdain of course!
Mum and I started watching this together when she was sick (the 2nd season). This being the final season and all, the looking back has brought with it intense nostalgia – those clips of footage just seen so old fashioned which makes me realise just how long she has been gone (and how far reality TV has come in it’s presentation!).
My local dairy:
Our local hasn’t changed a bit and totally reminds me of childhood trips to pick up milk with my mum who was driving in bare feet after having removed her jandals. Much like I do now! Nothing much has changed except instead of two little girls in the backseat I have two little boys causing a ruckus!
Were you sweet as in understanding all that? Yeah, nah?
You may think it was pretty hard case that we go to the dairy for our milk. Or you may be a little suss that a dairy isn’t what you have in mind! Below are some translations for you to make some sense of this post. So go and take a squizz! It’s not as dodgy as it all sounds.
Quick Guide to Kiwi Slang
(and a few product descriptions for the outside of Oz folk)
Kiwi = New Zealander. A Kiwi is a NZ Native flightless bird. Not a fruit! In NZ a Kiwi (as in the fruit) is actually called a Kiwifruit!
Jandals = Flip Flops / Thongs
Thongs = G-string style underwear
Togs = Swimsuit
Marmite = An alternative to the disgusting Vegemite spread *ducks for cover* – not to be mistaken for the sticky mess that is English marmite!
Chilly Bin = One of those bins that keep everything cold! Eskie I think you call it in Oz.
Milo = Chocolate malt drink (Aussie’s know this one)
Dairy = Corner store/convenience store. NOT a dairy farm with cows. Think Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy!
Yeah, nah = No
Tomato Sauce = Ketchup
Knackered = Exhausted
Flannel = Face Cloth
Hard Case = A way of describing someone we think is funny
Mate = Friend
Wop Wops = The middle of nowhere ‘I’m stuck in the wop wops’
Piss = ‘I’m on the piss’ would mean I’m drinking alcohol
Squizz = Take a look at something ‘Let me have a squizz?’
Munted = Broken
She’ll be ‘right = Don’t worry, it will all work out fine
Bach = Holiday home
Chocka = Full (as in ‘the bus was chocka with passengers’)
Half Pie = Pronounced ‘Ha-pie’ it means doing something half heartedly
Tramping = Hiking
Ta = Thank you
Duvet = Doona / stuffed blanket on bed covered in a duvet cover (ha!)
Tiki Tour = Means driving with no destination in mind or taking the long way to go somewhere
Dodgy = Something or someone looks suss (suspicious!) or for example a rope swing tied to a tree may look too dodgy to swing on because it looks as though it would break
Stoked = Pleased / happy
Sweet = ‘Cool’ or ‘All good’. ‘Sweet as’ is a common phrase when agreeing to do something. It is not a description of something that tastes sweet!
Fizzy Drink = Soda (Coke/Lemonade etc)
Choice = Awesome
Bugger All = Doing nothing ‘I’m doing bugger all today, should we meet up?’