As work wraps up this week and I mark my last week in New Zealand, I'm going to wrap up all of the New Zealand posts before I begin my vacation in Malaysia and then begin a new adventure in Singapore! So here's the last ten excerpts from the Kiwi Dictionary:
- Cheers can mean “goodbye”, “thank you” or “let’s tap our beer glasses together before drinking”, depending on context.
- To be knacked (pronounced nack-ed, sounds like naked) means to be in pain, to be tired.
e.g. “Man you’ve have to be totally knacked to go whitewater kayaking at that canyon” Me thinking: *Note to self, try kayaking naked next time to see if it is easier*
- The bonnet of the car is the hood of the car.
e.g. “Yeah, Jeff you should get a big Canadian flag and put it on the bonnet of your car.”
- Root is kiwi/Australian slang for the f-word. Don’t wear Roots clothing here! (thanks Sylvie!)
- If something is dodgy, it’s kind of sketchy.
“This part of the device doesn’t really work as it’s supposed to. It’d kind of dodgy.”
- Crisps are potato chips and chips are French fries.
- A bench is a counter-top (like in a kitchen).
- A sealed road is a paved road and an unsealed road is unpaved.
e.g. Instructions in book: Turn onto and follow the unsealed road for 30 km. Us: “Oh these directions should be a cake-walk.” *realizes that the route is 30 km of gravel road* Me: :(
- The footpath is the sidewalk. I kept thinking people were talking about hiking trails all around the city!
- Lollies are candies.
e.g. Me: Yeah, they gave us lollies at the end of the plane trip. People I was talking to: What! I want lollies! British Airways sucks!
A budgie-smuggler is a speedo!
"Boy can't wait to wear my new budgie smugglers to the beach, gonna accent my dong"