- A trundler is something that has wheels that helps you move stuff (e.g. a cart). I’ve seen it referring to shopping carts at the grocery store as well as to caddy bags on the golf course.
- A torch is a flashlight.
- Takeaway food is take-out food.
- A quad-bike is an all-terrain vehicle.
- The boot is the trunk (like of a car).
- Spiders are ice-cream floats (like when you put ice cream in pop).
e.g. “Eew they serve spiders here.”
- Granola bars are called muesli bars here.
- Floaties (the things that go around your arms when swimming) are poop floating in the toilet
e.g. (while in the pool)
Olivia (Canadian): You know what we need? Some floaties!!
Adele (Kiwi), with a disgusted look on her face: Everyone swim away!
- Ginger beer here is non-alcoholic (like Schweppes in Canada), whereas ginger ale is.
- The barbie is the barbecue.
“Let’s throw some of that meat on the Barbie.”
“Uhhh ok but I’ll have to go to the toy store for that…”
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
10 More Words from the Kiwi Dictionary
In this section, I will create an ongoing list of kiwi-isms that I’ve encountered or heard and provide you with North American translation (In some cases, I’ll provide you with an example of how I heard the word).