Aussie Slang of the Day – ‘Cockie’


Definition 1 – Noun: Cockatoo. A large crested bird found in Australia, and Indonesia (thanks wiki!). Often found in large flocks in the Australian Outback. There are many different colours and can live up to around 80 years old.

Definition 2 Noun: Farmer. This started in the early days of European settlement due to the farmers making homes on the edges of permanent waterholes just like the bird of the same name. Variations – ‘Cow Cockie’.

Definition 3 – Noun: Cockroach. Eww.

The most common coloured Cockatoos - sulphur crested.
The most common coloured Cockatoos – sulphur crested.
Photo by Sheila Smart –

Phrase for the day – ‘Rooey Bastard’

/roo-ee bas-tard/

Noun: A person who tries to act, dress or look like a country person – but is not. These people are easily recognised by the flags and Bundaberg Rum stickers plastered on their utes. Rooey bastards are usually only seen at alcohol licenced events such as B’n’S Balls, and rodeos. Never seen near an honest hard day’s work. Often on Centrelink payments.

Here for the fun and the rum.
Unfortunately, this gentleman’s hat is too battered (indicating work) and doesn’t have ear tags or bottle caps stuck around it, so he is not a prime example.. But you catch my drift?