And we will often refer to our friends as “a mate of mine” or “our mates”. No worries, Allan. Thanks, Somali. G’day: a slang term for the greeting good day, which means hello. ‘Arvo’ sounds very Australian. Today ‘mate’ comes with stereotype: it’s associated with masculine culture, not usually a word that’s directed towards women or used by women. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window). Today with the power of connection, distance has lost all its relevance and physical presence has lost it significance. because of Australian roots as a huge prison for the English Colonies? It is very kind of you to refer to me as a master on cultural diversity. It gets really hot in the summer in Australia, so you better have that esky on hand to keep the cool drinks flowing and your body temperature at tolerable levels. 4. Knowing how slangs come and go, however, I still wondered if there was more to it. Popular on hamburgers. These days ‘mate’ is tied to the idea of respect, fair opportunity and giving others a fair go in Australia; all for one, one for all. #22 - All About the Word MATE - … I’m certain I’ve missed more than a few here – particularly when it comes to regional variations. So I’ve learned something. Or maybe not. Maybe as you inferred, it could be with the word ‘mate’ or ‘bhai bhai’ or any word of the equivalent in between – and these words are used in every day situations that we don’t stop to think about. Who knows. After a few fleets of convicts, the government also opened free immigration and while all of this was happening, news (some true, some fake) of people finding gold in Australia spread. I have heard this word in a tv series, I think it is just used for friendship. We’ve thrown in a few pronunciation tips at the end so you sound as authentic as possible when you test out those “g’day’s” and “good on ya’s” on your new “mates”. Cuppa. Aussies are as relaxed about their language as they are about life, so using some (or all) of these expressions will bring your stress levels down and help you see the world from that characteristically chilled out Aussie perspective. Unfortunately, we are in a conflict zone with self and with the world around us and we keep fighting and keep arguing for reasons best know to us and we keep justifying our propositions. In any case, I’m glad that you shed a lot of light on this. Common in Britain as well, but used even more enthusiastically by Aussies, who pepper the ends of their sentences with a longer, stretched out “maaaaate” that conveys friendliness and establishes a relaxed bond between the speakers. Archy: What? Learn how your comment data is processed. In 2012, the word was banned by hospital Northern NSW Local Health for coming across as ‘disrespectful, unprofessional, disempowering’ – overly endearing in a sense. However my neighbour didn’t seem to get it at all, maybe not realising that what Darl is an abbreviation for, and took it very literally that this indicated the kind of relationship I wanted with her … errrr…. The vocabulary of Australia is drawn from many sources, including various dialects of British English as well as Gaelic languages, some Indigenous Australian languages, and Polynesian languages. Very detailed post, dear friend, and it is quite easy to see how much research and time you put into it. Mateship as equality and egalitarianism. Adds knowledge to my brain 🙂. Beetroot: Beet. Another word for friend. It can mean Australian Rules football or rugby, depending on where you are in Australia. Why, you ask? Maybe we are polite not to throw it around too often. Ya know, cuz it was originally just a bunch of convicts... Edit: I'm fully aware that "mate" is an independent word that did not arise as a shorthand term to refer to incarcerated people. Human instinct and open-mindedness is so essentially to explore and expand our definition of friendship and relationship so much a part of life and our existence, we have to be in it and we have to find our space. Calling someone ‘mate’ while defending the country was an ode to brotherhood alongside facing the hardships of fighting wars. How do you use it? It is true that technology and all things computes and phones have enabled us to connect us so much more closer no matter where we are in the world. However, the word isn’t always used in a nice way and can be used in an ironic, hostile way. Different to "having a frog in your throat," which means having a sore throat. In such circumstances it is important to get the calm and composure restored, in place and using such common word “mate” and accepted word with a purpose which is well accepted across makes it easy to build a healthy engagement in society…, Thanks so much Mabel for each time sharing with us one important perspective after another and let this saga of yours and your passion for dissecting the little nuances of life and the way we all live and exchange our thoughts continue forever…. “Don’t forget your togs, we’re going to the beach today!”. So interesting to know the Indian equivalent is ‘bhai bhai 🙂, I won’t mind if my friends, of both the sex, call me ‘mate’… 😀, Such an easy-going person you are. Words and language change as people come and go, and as we adapt the way we live to how we want to live and according to what makes us tick. I am amazed at the manner in which you have delved in depth and presented the connotations associated with the word ‘mate’ in Australia and how these have varied through the different periods. We usually add this to the word “G’day.” For example, “G’day mate” means “Hello, friend.” However, you can use “mate” in many other ways. instead of “fishing” or “driving”). It amazes me. Short for barbeque, not the toy you played with as a kid. 2. This stereotype dates back to over a century ago when Australian poet Henry Lawson wrote a short story titled Mateship and referred to the grandest of mates as ‘blokes’ – men. How do you use it? It’s a way to politely get someone’s attention – our mate, someone we want to talk to – without even knowing the other person’s name. If you’re a foreigner living in Australia or planning to visit soon, making an extra effort to adopt some of the slang is essential for your survival as everyone from the handsome barista at your favorite coffee shop to the Prime Minister will be using it. In India there is an equivalent phrase “bhai bhai”, pointed by Mani also and many other parts of world we call “buddy” highlighted by Somali, and the very essence of the word is about friendship and equality cutting across the age, gender, profession to occupation to region to religion. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. What does it mean? Mate This is simply a synonym for friend. Can also be used to start a sentence, for effect. You are now subscribed. As for mate, that word tends to mean to me someone you choose to be with for the rest of your life, a partner, a spouse, a friend, a lover. On a much shallow comparison. The dialogue between them goes: Frank: There’s only one reason why I haven’t knocked you down mate. Way to show approval (like “well done”, “good job”) and express heartfelt congratulations. Green advocates and progressives have urged Morrison to declare an emergency and reconsider his support for fossil fuels but the prime minister has thus far refused to do either, instead calling on Australians, including those stranded on beaches to escape the fires, "to be patient.". Our mate, our friend. I’ve heard of Hugh Mackay and I remember reading The Good Life some time ago, which is probably one of his more well known books. © EF Education First 2020. They certainly go hand in hand with the notion of mateship. In his book Mateship: A Very Australian History, Dr Nick Dyrenfurth traces the term back to the very first white Australians and noted, ‘The convicts brought with them from Britain the term mate, and they used it amongst themselves. It may not neccessarily be bounded by blood, but it is certainly bounded by thought and willingness to stand side by side with each other no matter how different each preson may be. in casual conversation. Singing The National Anthem: What Does Advance Australia Fair Mean. Mate is used to reference a man but you’ll even hear some Australian women using this word. Howdy – Hello, a warm greeting to welcome a person. Thank you so much. It is a virtue to be involved in getting out of our own cage and entering another’s cage, isn’t it. Living in Melbourne, I’ve friends from different backgrounds, different ethnicities and different age groups living different lifestyles. It just does not sound right and sounds rather rude to me, but maybe that’s because I’m getting older and I don’t seem to tolerate certain words as much as I did when I was younger? My white and female colleagues will call out ‘Bye, mate’ to anyone going home for the day, male or female, any gender in between. Americans and Canadians tend to say math while Brits and Australians opt for maths. Help a brother out! Wow, that was in-depth. As always Mabel one more wonderful post and so much of research and detailing that goes behind all your post. Often combined with “mate”, … Colloquialisms can be so easily be taken so literally or misinterpreted. That is hilarious how your female neighbour took ‘darling’ literally. We don’t say ‘Not even’ down here, (sounds a wee bit of an annoying phrase 🙂 ) and I’ve never heard it before, ever. There’s always a story behind every word. … I haven’t head ‘pal’ much here in Australia. Australian teacher Peter Baskerville put it this way: the word is profoundly tribal and goes towards forming bonds to withstand ‘duress faced by Aussie POW’s in the Japanese death camps of WW2’. /r/all. The history of the word is fascinating. The way you have brought the evolution and use of word by soldiers in war time to how it has been interpreted by the political class and it is just not a mere simple word but how this word has found it’s relevance and made a big difference how a community evolves and how the relationships in community in terms of belongingness and bondage gets shaped and reshaped with time and with people from different parts of the world converging in one country, so much change in culture to customs and to the way inhabitants of each place live, there has to be a common thread one at the formal level and more so at the informal level where we keep engaging and exchanging with people around us…how do we build that bridge of friendship, though momentarily but needed, that is universal and which perhaps is the bedrock of the vast world community. I love the sentiment that ultimately we all want to look after each other. G’day. You’ll hear this one all the time in lots of different situations. Prior to Tourism Australia’s disastrous ‘where the bloody hell are … A: Hey mate, what are you gonna do tonight? also why do australians say the mate thing is a stereotype but literally say mate 25/7. When Australians say "mate" to me all the time on reddit, are they being sarcastic or really sincere? Yeah. Aussies use it to ask “how are you?” or to say “are you OK?” or “do you need help (with that task)?”. “Don’t forget the esky! Here are 3 different ways to say hello in various Aboriginal languages. Also used to replace expressions like “really?”, “oh yeah” etc. For instance, you might’ve heard, ‘G’day, mate’ or ‘How ya doin’, mate?’. When politician Bill Hayden was dumped as Labor Party leader in 1983, a colleague sarcastically comforted him, ‘Oh mate, mate’. In this context I can understand how when ‘mate’ is used in aggression there is still hope that all will work out OK. ( Log Out /  “Did you meet my friend yesterday?” “You mean the Aussie? What does it mean? My Dad and Step Mum live in NSW and my Step Mum is always saying 'but' at the end of the sentence. Would really like to believe ‘mates’ originated from in-mates calling each other mates. Thank you for reading, Shreyans. Greetings – Australian Slang. You are a master on “cultural diversity” and I keep learning from you and weaving magic with so much of research and such insightful perspective backed by data and anecdotes… Or if … 2. But ‘mate’ is also a sensitive word. Wise words! I’ve slowly stopped saying “a lot”, “many”, … Honestly I have no clue. ‘how do we build that bridge of friendship’ This is such an important question. These people in the photos project their art with so much confidence. How do you use it? It did not go ahead in a time where then-Prime Minister John Howard pushed for tougher rules surrounding migration intake and previously denounced multiculturalism alongside the One Australia policy. Northern too I reckon. “G’day, mate!” (mostly used by men though, not so often by women. It took me to Austrailia. Hard yakka: the very Australian way to say hard work. There is more than meets the eye to everything and anything. ‘Fuck off mate’ is also something I’ve heard drunk people say on the streets of Melbourne. I do use the word ‘mate’, but not very often, Mabel. “Mate” seems to have been imported, along with a lot of East End London rhyming slang, early in our European settlement, as a term of friendship and collegiality, while building a new colony. How do you use it? I don’t know why I never bothered to look into it more because that’s what typically tend to do when intrigued about cultures and subcultures. Reply Retweet Favorite. “Sorry, can you tell me what time the train leaves?”, “At 2 o’clock, mate” or “Mate. Here's the answer to all your weird questions. Aha. There’s more to everything than we know. There’s often a sense of camaraderie around the term ‘mate’ when it’s used in conversation that flows along nicely. 138. 83% Upvoted. I guess when in doubt, just avoid using such phrases. I have always thought of “mate” as similar to our “pare” (I mentioned it HERE. save hide report. Or if we can’t remember their name. ( Log Out /  As such, our ‘mate’ back in the day is someone we have to put up with regardless of our differences. Nothing like a solid relationship, friendship and connection – which I reckon is what makes many of us tick and feel comfortable at the end of the day. share. Mateship is an Australian cultural idiom that embodies equality, loyalty and friendship. I agree Mabel, words may change and context may also change, human emotions and feelings, the fundamentals of human relationship remains. Or if it is just a very cozy coincidence? A simple word “mate” and there is so much work behind it right from the history and the application of the word in our life. Guys will have a boys night out with “their mates”. If I am there, I will bail Gordon out by jumping in, with “Hi, I’m Paula, sorry I didn’t get your name”, then, I promptly forget it anyhow. Just shows how much information the words we use contains. Such phrases are often ingrained in a culture’s or county’s history, so if you use these phrases you could be encroaching on unfamiliar or sensitive territory. It also sounds more friendly and cuddly, just like those koala bears you’ve always dreamed of hugging. Throughout Australian history and up until today, saying ‘mate’ is a mark of Aussie culture: 1. It is about meeting of mind and good nature of caring and sharing. Misunderstandings will almost always occur since not all of us speak the same colloquialisms and same language. Thanks for teaching me that and reminding me again 😀 Maybe Indian culture is similar to Australian culture than we think, and with many other cultures in this world too. This time its about "Why Do Australians Say Mate? Very interesting to know and agree with you that it can be used in many contexts and it comes off ambiguous but acceptable all round. In honor of Australia Day (celebrated on the 26th January) and our laid back brothers and sisters Down Under, we’ve put together a list of ten Aussie expressions to master. Other similar terms that still have some current use (to me, an old bloke in his late 60s, anyway) include Friend, Brother, Sweetheart, Sweetie, Darl. ( Log Out /  We’re a people of relatively simple tastes, and you’ll notice that virtually everything gets shortened down. During the world wars and colonial eras, ‘mate’ was used among Australian ‘diggers’ (soldiers) as a term of encouragement, encouraging necessitous solidarity, trust and loyalty towards each other whilst putting their lives on the lines. The last one I usually heard from my loving wife and it caught me off-guard one day when I walked past a 2 female neighbours chatting and one of them greeted me “Hullo Darl” and I thought while being friendly I’d highlight what she was saying so returned the courtesy by saying “Hullo Darling” … hmmm… her friend saw immediately what I was getting at and smiled and nodded (and some weeks later mentioned it to me approvingly). ), What does it mean? WELL DONE MABEL.. Though the overall essence of using such word is universal but it changes its avatar from place to place from country to country and from time to time. Indeed there are so much similarities in the life and zest between the way Indians and Australians live, may we look at the dissimilarities more than the similarities, may be the difference if more conspicuous in its presence than the commonalities. You are a master of cultural diversity and the way you have an eye for such finer nuances of multiculturalism, is indeed fascinating to read and keep reading… When Australians say "mate" to me all the time on reddit, are they being sarcastic or really sincere? It is in a funny way please don’t think otherwise. Depends on what you want to say. Being open-minded is key to seeing each other as ‘mates’, key to accepting what things and people are as they are. When someone asks: “How are you going?”, you can just answer normally with a “Good, thanks” or “Good, but…” if you need help with something and the question was formulated with that angle in mind. In fact, I am sure you could write about cultural diversity or any topic that I’ve written on much better and bring around more perspectives than ever 😀. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, 1999 Australian constitutional referendum, pushed for tougher rules surrounding migration intake, banned by hospital Northern NSW Local Health, ‘mateship’ was swapped for ‘friendship’. It’s not used all the time, but sometimes. But used enough that not many of us are surprised when it is used. I used to think it implies a friendship or a knowingness/kinship of the sort and, I was somewhat right 😀 Though, the word has more to it meaning, and thanks for such a well-researched post. Some things, some concepts, remain same worldwide…only their version differs. Interesting to learn ‘bhai bhai’. when you want to be a little mean, but don’t want to actually utter a mean word. instead of “forever”, “together”) or g’s (they say “fishin’, drivin’ etc. 153 comments. Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. It’s hot out today!”. So keep singing and writing ❤, Awesome photography, Mabel! Thank you for that explanation and history. Portable (drinks) cooler for short. I think a lot of us have a habit of accepting things as they are and enjoying the moment. Your second last paragraph is gold. It can also be used sarcastically, ie. Pergi main salji lagi 😀, Hahahha nanti tunggu saja.. sekarang masih fokus dengan ujian… 😀 😀. Maybe "mate" is short for "inmate" and that's why Australians call each other that. More recently in her 2011 Australia Day speech, then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard praised the spirit of ‘mateship’ and ‘a fair go’. During the 1999 Australian constitutional referendum there was debate about including the term ‘mateship’ in the preamble of the Australian constitution. 2. I am flattred but in all honestly, I have a long way to go to becoming a good writer. Her earbashing while I tried to study was driving me crazy! I’ve heard quite a few of my friends use the word ‘buddy’ here in Australia. Sometimes we take words too literally these days. I only started hearing it when I went to university, and I came to see that it’s a part of Aussie slang Australian English. All rights reserved. You won’t believe what I saw”. Used to mean everything from “you’re welcome” to “relax”. Interestingly, in all these cases, they refer only to men. Such an interesting theory, Jack. ‘Mate’ certainly means different things in different contexts, but I think the general consensus among Australians is that it’s a word that’s inherently part of our every day culture, then and now and the future. How do you use it? B: Ahh, one of me (my) mates is having a Barbie (barbecue). These days ‘pal’ seems to me a word used more in the States. You too have a wonderful day ahead, Nihar 🙂. If someone asks you how your weekend was, the typical reply from (male) Australians is “Maaaate.” Used in this way, it … “Rob’s having a barbie at the beach today.”. I would really like to find out from the Author if this holds any weight? This is an abbreviation for “good day.” Most of the time you will hear this being used with mate. Using ‘mate’ is highly convenient for men if they forget a man’s name. Yes my dear friend always a delight exchanges thoughts with you. But it was great to know such fine detailed information. Good to hear that things are on level terms now. Well, it’s shorter to start. It is always a pleasure and honour to chat with you. My Aussie and I have been together for 5 years now. Though I don’t say ‘mate’, I don’t mind others using it – they can say what they want to say. Friendship is essence of beautiful relationships of life…more than family, many times they count much more than our family…it is way we look at these fabric of relationship and how we want to be treated and how we treat others. It is about understanding each other and building that mutual understanding that builds the bridges of human relationship across community and countries. BONUS: Aussies don’t pronounce r’s at the end of words (they say “foreva”, “togetha” etc. What does it mean? This spirit is reflected in the mini-series Changi (miniseries) (2001), film Gallipoli (1981) and TV-series Anzacs (1985). ‘Equality and Egalitarianism’ So glad you brought these two notions up. At pretty much all of the places I’ve worked in Australia, ‘mate’ gets thrown around every day. Often Australians use ‘mate’ as a simple greeting, as a way to address one as someone or somebody. I don’t have a problem with anyone calling me ‘mate’, but it’s not a word I use. ‘Mate’ or not, often we want the best for others. Good on you: if someone says ‘good on you’, they’re telling you well done. They even rather provocatively termed their jailors mate and the basic message was ‘you’re no better than us.’’. Yeah.. Americans would use this to mean they’re full (of food), but Aussies also use it to say that they’re tired or in trouble. At a previous job where I handled inbound calls, clients on the phone have said to me, ‘Nah, mate. You already sound such a natural at using the word, mate, Allan. Mateship as a greeting. Mabel you have just taken my words, this is exactly how I feel about friendship…it is about the deep understanding and caring for each other and one is able to appreciate the things around us and able to empathize with each other, at the time of need. It reminds me of a word we use a lot in wales – Butty! Each and everyone. ‘changes its avatar from place to place from country to country and from time to time’ So splendidly put. Tak suka kerana Mabel suka musim panas 😀, Hhahah musim panas akan datang Mabel.. nikmatilah saat dingin sekarang.. 😀, Kamu nikmati musim dingin. 🙂, Thanks, Sylvia. I like your interpretation of the word mate – ‘someone you choose to be with for the rest of your life’. It is interesting to hear the Spanish influenced the language in the Philippines 😀. Now shut up and don’t open your yap about the war again! Heaps. In general, ‘mate’ is more casual than formal a word in Australia and everyone is pretty much familiar with it here. I get called mate occasionally, and I actually don’t mind, but you’re right, generally it’s reserved for blokes. Fascinating to read. Archived. “G’day” General greeting, used instead of “hello”, both day and night. Close. I am an Australian, but live in New Zealand. Often Australians use ‘mate’ as a simple greeting, as a way to address one as someone or somebody. Cheers – thanks, a magic word to express gratitude . And ‘Ow’ and ‘Arvo’. You are very kind. ‘the fundamentals of human relationship remains…meeting of mind’ Agreed. 3. I’m stuffed.”. They’ll say Aussie. if you are being called ” mate ”, that sends a warm feel and a positive approach. That is a very strong statement, but when that happens, it is an amazing thing. Are we all ‘mates’ in Australia? If you live in Australia or have travelled around Australia, chances are you’ve heard the word ‘mate’ a lot here. However irrational it may be. We do shorten things though but not as bad as those lazy Aussies. Yes, I did.”. Yes, you are right to think the word ‘mate’ implies friendship and knowingness 😀 While a lot of women I know aren’t put off by being called ‘mate’, the general consensus here is that is is a masculine term. “Thanks for buying me that concert ticket.” “No worries.”, How do you use it? The word “mate” is very common in Australian and British English and can help you sound a lot more natural when speaking Englsih in these places. Space is so important for all of us – it defines us as individuals and also in a sense interpolates us to look out at others and the world. I also like that sentiment too. 11:31 PM - 10 Apr 2020. I hope so…, All good. Get the latest on travel, languages and culture with our newsletter. You’d probably like it a lot here in Australia 😀, It’s a word that’s thrown around a lot … we’re such a laid back culture aren’t we? earbashing - constant chatter/talking. Kaya/Palya/Yaama: Kaya means hello in the Noongar language. I am sure many people see you as a ‘mate’ in a good way 😀, Hehe…that’s actually true. You surely have an eye for details, Mabel Congratulations on coming up with this well-researched post. You wanna go? Sometimes we wonder who our ‘mates’ truly are. The average Aussie thinks of ‘grabbing our mates for a beer over a barbie’ and ‘playing sport with our mates’ when they are bored – typical activities where generally more males participate in over females (as seen on Aussie beer and sport ads too). Frank: ‘Cause I don’t feel like carrying you to the next bloody water hole. | Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting. You summed up cultural diversity there so well. Goon: this is what Australians call cheap boxed wine. so some uncomfortable weeks followed with me receiving invitations to a pub for a drink, etc, happening, I remained friendly but it took a few months before it got back onto an even keel in our neighbourliness. Avo: Short for avocado. Barbie: Short for barbeque. Perhaps other parts of the states you would though. ‘Mate’ has long been about friendship…but also more. And I love the Aussies, but let me tell you, there are some things about dating an Australian man that I found VERY different about dating an American guy.Nothing bad, but just different. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, very broadly ‘mateship’ is ‘an Australian code of conduct that emphasizes egalitarianism and fellowship’. Add the fact that the Filipino language is divided into, I think, 170+ dialects. For barbeque, not so often by women huge prison for the rest of your life ’ for effect often... 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