Word of the Week: Trackie Dacks
Definition: Trackie Dacks
Slang: An Australian word for warm tracksuit trousers/pants
Example: It's cold out today - better put on your trackie dacks!
Students at our English schools in Australia are, believe it or not, having a very cold winter right now! So we thought we'd sympathize by having a look at some of the weird words Australians use for winter clothes.
Trackies are what Australians call track suits, because of their habit of using a shortened diminutive (smaller or "baby version") word.
Dacks is an Australian word for trousers - either long trousers, shorts, or underwear. The context you use the word in makes a big difference! If it's cold and someone is wearing trousers, it then this is what it means. However, if a girl is wearing a dress or a skirt, then it refers to her underwear.
Here are a few other slang words Australians have for clothes:
- Jumper: a warm woollen top
- Skivvy: Long-sleeved turtle-necked top
- Tweeds: Trousers
- Rug Up: To dress warmly
- Under-chunders: Underwear
- Uggs: Any warm fleece-lined boots, which originated in Australia.
Australians seem to make up their own words for just about everything! What unique Australian slang words have you heard?