12 words you’ll only know if you’re from SA

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By Lana Guineay

No matter where you are in the world, chances are you’ll spot a fellow South Australian – or at least hear one. We have our own local lingo and a rich tradition of getting blank stares whenever we use the word “fritz” outside of the state.

We’ve compiled our favourite SA slang words and Adelingo – 12 words you’ll probably only know if you’re a local.

1. FRITZ
A tubular meat product. Best served in sandwich format, preferably with a load of tomato sauce. Known elsewhere as: devon, polony, luncheon sausage, Belgium, bung, Windsor sausage.

2. POTATO FRITTER
This controversial fish ‘n’ chip shop item sparked the great interstate Twitter debate of 2014, with the fried potato product called “scallop” and “potato cake” in other locations in Australia – but the correct and only acceptable name is definitely potato fritter.

3. STOBIE POLE
An homage to a famous SA local, stobie poles – known as  “SEC pole” and “electricity poles” elsewhere – are named after inventor James Cyril Stobie. The engineer invented a concrete version of the previously wooden poles due to a lack of timber in the state, in 1924, and it’s been known by his name ever since.

4. FROG CAKE
Sounds gross. Isn’t. No frogs were harmed in the making of this sweet SA treat, which quickly gained iconic status since it was created by the Balfours bakery 1922. In recognition of its cultural significance, the humble frog cake was listed as a SA Heritage Icon by the National Trust of South Australia.

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5. HEAPS GOOD
Synonyms: Very, a lot. While this expression is known around the country, it’s most commonly used in South Australia, and an easy giveaway when you’re playing “spot the South Australian”.

6. BATHERS
Admittedly, this one isn’t strictly SA only – Melbournians will drop the phrase when they’re hitting the beach. But that’s not that often. AKA: togs, swimmers, cossie.

7. FRUIT BOX
Those cute little cardboard boxes with plastic straws were ubiquitous during recess – but if you visit playgrounds outside of SA, you’ll catch them being referred to as “poppers” or a “juice box”.

8. BUTCHER
So many beer terms are unique to SA. You’ll only find a “butcher” (200ml) glass in our state, and we call what’s mostly known as a pint an imperial pint, a schooner a pint, and a middy a schooner. Keeping up? AKA: seven, glass.

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9. EARLY MINUTE
Permission to leave early from school or work – more commonly known as an “early mark” around Australia.

10. RECEPTION CLASS
The first year of primary school in SA. AKA: prep  kindergarten, preparatory class, transition.

11. PIE FLOATER
The iconic Cowleys pie cart was outside the Adelaide Post Office for more than thirty years, and its most-loved item was quickly embraced into the local lexicon.

12. WATER FOUNTAIN
A small public fountain which ejects water into the drinker’s mouth in South Australia. AKA: bubbler, drinking fountain bubbler, bubble tap, drinking fountain, drinking tap, drink tap, fountain.

What have we missed? Any South Australian slang favourites? Let us know on Facebook.

Top image via Flickr.

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