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!
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 🙂
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 🙂