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21 Aussie Quirks Which, Even We Have To Admit, Are Kinda Fucked Up



Would really love an etymological explanation for the word “durry”.


Having to get a pen licence in primary school.

truly insane that I had to earn a “pen license” at school but they let me just go in raw on a bunsen burner

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I know this is a thing in some British places as well, but come on, it’s bizarre as hell. Also, I’m pretty sure that my handwriting was better in Year 3 than it is now, but I’m still out here using pens with zero consequences.


A distinct lack of shoes in public.

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This is a surprisingly controversial opinion in Australia, but leaving the house without shoes is weird and frankly pretty gross. We should have a solid ‘one block from the beach’ rule for shoe-wearing. 


Yelling “spotto!” when you see a yellow car.

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Who invented it? Why does everyone know the rules? 


Cafés and restaurants banning split bills.

‘No split bills’ is still a big thing in Australia, despite other countries working out how to do it. To me, it seems a fundamental misunderstanding of the relationship between the parties. My debt is not to my friends, but to the restaurant…

Twitter: @kalsop

Ok mayyyybe it’s because the restaurant doesn’t want to pay the 17 cent credit card fee twice. But if I just paid $34 for a coffee and toast, can’t they cover it?


Having to abbreviate everything, even if it doesn’t make it shorter.


Ok FINE, we can accept mozzie and arvo, those makes sense. But bottle-o? It’s the same number of syllables as “bottle shop”. And it’s so ingrained in our vocab that it’s literally recognised by Google Maps. 


Not to mention words that make no sense at all.

Can I bum a durry?

Curious if anyone knows what this means. Australians, don’t say anything unless you really don’t know either.

Twitter: @TheHarryTuttle

Where did “durry” come from?


Doing shoeys.

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I’m not denying that shoeys — drinking booze out of a shoe — aren’t an integral part of Aussie culture. I’m just pointing out that it’s fuckin’ weird. 


Taking your pants off in the pub when “Eagle Rock” is played.

realising it’s gonna be one of those parties where they play Eagle Rock and all the straight guys pull their pants down

Twitter: @Nickw49

It’s not quite as widespread as “no way, get fucked, fuck off”, but it is a real thing and sorry, I hate it.


Having pokie machines everywhere.

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Over 80% of Aussies do some kind of gambling, which is the highest rate of anywhere in the world. And, despite our relatively small population, we have ONE-FIFTH of the world’s pokie machines. WHY??


Learning “the Nutbush” as part of the curriculum

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It’s not even an Australian song? And yet, we all know the dance.


The concept of fairy bread.

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No shade at all to fairy bread. Even as an adult I still eat it from time to time. But honestly WHO had the idea to butter bread and put sprinkles on it? Like, what frame of mind did they have to be in to come up with that??


The majority of our pubs and dive bars having carpet.

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Perhaps this is also a British thing, but there’s just no logic in having carpeted floors in a place where drinks are frequently spilled. Unless the idea is that the carpet soaks up the mess and staff don’t have to do anything?


Swooping bird signs.

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It is kinda weird that magpies are such a problem here that we have council-installed road signs warning people of their presence. 


Buying real Christmas trees like it’s not the middle of summer.

i think the weirdest thing (admittedly not many) Australians do is go out to whoop whoop to the artificially planted Christmas tree farms and cut down a tree when its like 35 degrees like come on

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Not only that, some people spray theirs with fake snow???


Calling our coffees “long black” and “short black”.

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Lmao guys can’t we be a little inventive? Oh and let’s not forget the Aussie invention “flat white”.


Musk sticks.

An Australian person gave me a candy called a musk stick and it tastes like candied perfume/incense — I kind of love it.

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Musk is a smell. Not a flavour. So tell me why someone decided to make musk-flavoured chalk and sell it as a lolly?


Drinking goon from the bag.

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Cask wine isn’t Aussie, but skulling it straight from the bag is one of those VERY Australian habits that we can all admit — no matter how many times we did it as a teen — is weird. 


Calling everything the bush.

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If there are no houses there, it’s the bush. Simple.


Using the word “dog” as a negative.

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Dogs are cute. We love dogs. So why do we say “that was a dog act” or “what a dog” or “never dog your mates”?

What do you think of these habits, Aussies — strange or cause for celebration? Let us know in the comments below!


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RELATIONSHIP RED FLAG: “Embarrassing me in public by trying to argue in an obnoxious way.”


“I met an older married couple like this today. At first, I thought she was the toxic one and he was the pushover, but nope. They were BOTH toxic!

They clearly hated each other with commitment and passion. I just took a step back, put my game face on, and let these two absolute gunslingers go at each others throats in public.”


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“I had my first baby at 33 through IVF, and my husband was 41. This was after five years of trying on our own. Then we unexpectedly got pregnant on our own two more times, and I had babies at ages 35 and 37. We never intended to have a baby at ages 37 and 45, but here we are, and we couldn’t imagine our lives without her. But I think the mix of three pregnancies in four years and my age destroyed my SI joint and hips. I think if I were younger, it wouldn’t have been so bad.”

“With baby number three, I was in so much pain that I seriously wasn’t sure if I could make it. I felt like my legs were going to give out on me because of the pain and weakness brought on by SI joint dysfunction and SPD. I am better now, but still not at 100% two years postpartum. Also, man, we are tired. Looking back to all those late nights partying in my early 20s and getting up and going to work the next day like it was no big deal makes me realize how much of an advantage it is to have kids young. But we are more established in our careers, more mature, and have different priorities now. In a lot of ways, it makes it easier to have kids older. I’ve heard people talk about not wanting to have kids at an older age because they won’t be around as long, but my dad was 34 when I was born and died at age 46 from pancreatic cancer when I was only 12 years old, and my sister was 6, so who knows? Age isn’t everything. It’s about finding the right time for you. If I had gotten pregnant when we first started trying, I would have had a baby at 27, but I am glad it worked out the way it did.”


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