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10 Things You Should Never Say to an Australian

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Updated: 29 June 2017
Australians are a flock of flaming Galahs with a sense of humour that is satirical and ironic, but we don’t find these following phrases funny at all. From shrimps on the Barbie to insulting our national sport and favourite breakfast spread, these are 10 things you should never say to an Aussie.

Put another shrimp on the barbie

Prior to Tourism Australia’s disastrous ‘where the bloody hell are ya?’ campaign, Paul Hogan was cast to deliver the line ‘slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for ya’ in their 1984 tourist ad. The quote would become quintessentially Australian, except for the small fact that Australian’s don’t use the word shrimp – we call them prawns.

Dingo ate my baby

Aussies have an irreverent sense of humor, but we draw the line with this one. Attributed to Lindy Chamberlain, the phrase was used when her daughter Azaria was taken by a dingo while on holiday in Uluru. To say this to anyone is wildly insensitive to the fact that a baby died that night in 1980.

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Vegemite is disgusting

How dare you! Vegemite is a delicacy and like all delicacies, less is more. Don’t eat it by the spoonful and, when spreading it on toast, don’t slather it on like you would butter or jam. If you follow these simple tips, you too can be a Happy Little Vegemite, as our unofficial national anthem states. Moreover, as one of the richest sources of vitamin B, there’s a lot to be happy about. Even Miley Cyrus, who has a tattoo of a vegemite jar, is a fan.

Vegemite on store shelf
Vegemite on store shelf | © Maksym Kozlenko/WikiCommons

What’s the difference between Australian and New Zealand?

Don’t get us wrong: we love our cousins across the ditch but Australia and New Zealand are two very different places separated by over 2,000 kilometers and comparing the two is the equivalent of believing that the United States and Canada are the same. Aside from the distance and the fact that they are two distinct countries, each has own unique culture and landscape too. Sure our flags are similar, but each country has its own individual identity.

Australia and New Zealand topic image Satellite image
Australia and New Zealand topic image Satellite image | © Pbsouthwood/WikiCommons

Fosters is hands down the best beer in the world

You’ve clearly never tried Carlton Draught. While Fosters is an Australian brand, it’s not the beer of choice for Aussies and is much more popular with the British. In fact, Fosters isn’t even one of our top 10 favourite beers. To drink like true blue Australian opt for Victoria Bitter or, even better still, support your local micro-brewery.