Miscommunication Can Be Hilarious

After reading an article HERE , it made me think about all the things that can be miscommunicated when people travel to and from Australia. And it can be hilarious! Here’s a list of a couple of things that may be taken the wrong way if you use them in the wrong country:

1. Fanny Pack


The very name makes me giggle like a school girl. Why? Because in Australia, fanny doesn’t mean backside. In Australia, fanny is a term used for a woman’s private parts! We call these little contraptions Bum Bags.

Oh, and try and avoid using the term fanny altogether. Unless you’re happy to be giggled at!

2. Thongs

This is what we’re talking about when we talk about thongs! In other countries, these are known as flip flops or jandals. Unfortunately, our term for these shoes is the same term other countries use for G-String:

Which causes us Australians to be laughed at or given a stern talking to for being inappropriate. So if you hear an Australian talking about thongs, take comfort in knowing their discussion is innocent 🙂

3. Rubber

In Australia, rubber means eraser. You know, the thing you use to rub out pencil sketches or writing. However a rubber is commonly referred to when talking about condoms in the USA. So if an Australian leans over and asks to borrow your rubber. Don’t get too freaked out.

These are the main three that will get you into strife in a hilarious way. Avoid these and you will be fine 🙂


9 responses

  1. Very funny & informative. You’re making me miss Sydney!

    1. I think that means you should come back and visit! 😀

  2. There is a slight difference: thong and thongS. Usually people don’t wear two pairs of strappy undies.

    1. You’d be amazed how often its taken out of context though. For example, my mum once wrote on facebook: “I saw these gorgeous thongs with diamantes stuck on them, I just had to buy them!”

      It caused some awkward messages from her american friends :S

  3. I’m always giving Aussies are hard time about the whole thong thing – but they give it right back to me about jandals! It’s just one of the things that makes travel so great: our collective differences.

    1. So long as you’re willing to laugh at yourself. Miscommunication can be a great experience!

  4. Yep, and don’t ask for “Jelly” in the US, you will get something very different from what you order!

    1. Jelly is Jam there yes? Or is it an entity all on its own?

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