A (very) Concise Kiwi Dictionary

24 May

Bruh/Brew. The kiwi accent allows this word to mean bro (as in brother) or brew (as in beer). This seems to be especially handy as Kiwis are enamored with both their fellow man and a full-bodied lager.

Choice. The first of these words is a sort of interjection and can also be used as an adjective. It is similar to the word good or sweet! (i.e. Check out my new longboard, bruh…. Choice! or I went to this choice concert last night!)

*Mean is very similar to ‘choice’ but more often used as an adjective than an exclamation. Except, of course, if you teach MAOR107 and you are talking about rugby, in which case you can use mean whenever and however you like.

Cheers/Chur. Kiwi equivalent of ‘Thank you.’ You can use cheers when someone holds a door for you, before drinking a pint, and as a salutation in a letter or email. The variant ‘Chur’ may or may not actually existent—It could be just a consequence of the accent. However fallible my ears may be, I often hear ‘cheers’ being said as ‘chur.’

Jandals. The equivalent to our flip-flop. Also used by the Aussies.

Keen. To be interested or desiring something. (i.e. Are you keen on going tramping this weekend?)

Mate. noun An affectionate term used to refer to a friend, to get someone’s attention, or deftly inserted as a sentence filler. Similar to ‘bruh’ (see above, ‘brew’) and also the American ‘dude.’ This term is paramount to the understanding of any male Kiwi relationship.

Sweet AsPossibly the most stereotypical kiwi phrase, deriving its meaning from the lack of a third word. It can mean sweet as this or sweet as that, but is left incomplete for rhetorical purposes. It is also quite important to note that ‘sweet’ can be substituted for almost any adjective depending on how pure your Kiwi blood runs. (i.e. I just drank an entire gallon of milk!… Sweet as, bro!)

TrampingBackpacking, plain and simple. (Hiking is known as ‘walking’)

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One Response to “A (very) Concise Kiwi Dictionary”

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