Aussies remember old phrases that nobody uses anymore

Aussies have shared the old phrases that are no longer used and revealed the ones they wish would return.

The Facebook page Mums Central posed a question: “‘What’s that old Aussie saying you can’t hear anymore?’

Over 2,000 people commented on the question. One of the most missed phrases was “Dry as a dead dingo’s donger”, which means very dry.

“My father used to say, ‘I’m as dry as a dead dingo’s dong [sic]’ wrote one person.

“As dry as a dead dingo’s donga [sic]. Full throttle like a drinking lizard,” said another.

“My father always said he was as dry as a dead dingo’s donga [sic]’ wrote a third.

“I hear it a fair bit, but not that much.”

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Many of the popular slangs date back decades, with some dating back to WWII.

“Don’t bring the raw shrimp with me,” said one person. “I still say it all the time — but it’s not that popular.”

The phrase refers to an attempt to deceive someone or misrepresent a situation.

Other favorites from the group thread included “Useless as an ashtray on a motorcycle”, “Don’t know anyone from a bar of soap” and “Flat as a lizard when drinking”.

“‘As useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle,’ wrote one person. “Sometimes people really miss it.”

“I love telling people I don’t know someone from a bar of soap.”

One user said they only heard a phrase once but never forgot it.

“Someone once told me something was ‘better than a punch in the stomach with a wet fish’ and I’ve never heard it since.”

Another said her grandparents used to call eggs “bumnuts” or “cackleberries.”

One person commented that their favorite “Here’s 20 cents. Call someone who cares.”

“I heard Agro say that to Ann Maree on TV when I was a kid (in the ’80s)…F#ck I laughed was hilarious!!” they said.

A man told an amusing story about how his father often cheated on him and his siblings when they were children.

“My dad would say, ‘I’ll go to a guy for a dog,’ if he wanted to smoke one, but that was totally beyond us,” he said.

He added, “Every few days we thought we were going to have a puppy.”

Old Aussie phrases you no longer hear

Dry as a dead dingo’s tail

Don’t come with me the raw shrimp

As useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle

I don’t know him from a bar of soap

Full throttle like a drinking lizard

I will see a man for a dog

Better than a punch in the gut with a wet fish

Fit like a Mallee bull and twice as dangerous

Three kangaroos just before a high paddock

Originally published as Aussies Throwback to old phrases no one uses anymore

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