During our travels we have heard some pretty strange backpacker slang sayings and phrases. It is always interesting to see different people from other cultures communicate with each other. More often than not there will be one person that is met with a unusual face when a phrase or term is said. Inevitably the person will explain what it means and for the most part the other person is both amused and bewildered at how that could mean such a thing.
I have attempted to remember all the terms and sayings I have heard over our time on the road. I welcome you to add any that you have heard or use to the comments below.
Shart – When you attempt to fart but follow through.
Top o’ de mornin’ to ya – Good Morning
Happiness is the journey man.
After Army – This refers to the an Israeli traveller that travels after being in the army for 3 years.
Beggin’ – They are begging to have items stolen from them, as they are being carefree with their belongings.
The Bible – A guide book.
Pommie – British traveller.
Skippy – Aussie traveller
Dredd Heads – Hippies or people with dreadlocked hair.
Eurotrash – European Travellers or european item.
Lagerhead – British backpacker that is a big drinker.
On the leash – A man that won’t go out because of an over protective girlfirend.
Tree Huggers – Environmentalist.
Virgin – Just entered a new country.
Bludger – Aussies slang for lazy person.
Gringo/Gringa - Foreigner.
Bangers – Nickname or Bangkok.
I.N.D.I.A. – I will, Never, Do, It Again.
Lower your standards and open your mind – Don’t expect much from the place you’re travelling to.
Gotta be careful when you fart in Asia, you never know what might happen!
Delhi Belly – When you get diarrhea in India
Brah – Slang for saying bro or brother.
Frothing – extremely excited about something.
The Dogs Bollocks – The best thing ever.
That Ace Bro – That is really good.
Sweet As – Happy about something, everything is ok.
I’m getting Aggro – I am getting aggravated with the situation
Arse over tit – When you fall over or fall down.
Wacky Tobaccy – Marijuana
Barmy – Being crazy or mad for not doing something.
Best thing since sliced bread – The best thing ever.
Did you Blow Off? – Did you fart?
Bob’s your Uncle – And thats how you do it.
Botch Job – To do a bad job of fixing something.
Chuffed – Really pleased with something.
Gagging for it – Very desperate to get something, sometimes refers to wanting sex.
Gutted – Really upset about something.
On the piss – To go out and get drunk.
Piece of cake – Really easy to do.
Plastered – To get drunk.
You’re a pussy – You are scared of something.
I have been racking my brain to think of more backpacker slang sayings and I would love to hear any that you have heard on the road. Leave your slang backpacker saying in the comments below.