Monday, February 19, 2007

Australian vs. American

Despite the fact that both countries officially speak English, the languages between the two are vast. Do a quick google search and you'll find webpages that go on forever about the different terms and phrases that are used. Since I'm a vegan blogger and I talk about food a lot, I thought I would just run through the differing food terms that I can think of.

American
Australian

Bell pepper

Capsicum

Flax Seed
Linseed
(usually sold ground as LSA--Linseed, sunflower, and almond)

Cilantro
Coriander

Squash
Pumpkin
(ex. butternut pumpkin, kabocha pumpkin. Only yellow summer squash is called squash)

Papaya
Paw Paw

Raisins
Sultanas
Therefore, I eat Sultana Bran for breakfast aka brekky

Tangerines
Mandarins

Cookies/Crackers
Biscuits or bikkies

Fries
Chips

Silver-dollar Pancakes
Pikelets

Those are the main ones for now. I'll update if I can think of more!

Update:

Kool aid
Cordial
Though, cordial in Australia is this concentrated liquid, rather than a powder. It's also less sweet than American kool aid.

Ketchup
Tomato Sauce

Rutabega (sp?)
Swede

Rainbow Chard
Silver beet

Rice Krispies
Rice Bubbles

Burger King (ack!)
Hungry Jack's

McDonald's (double ack!)
Macca's

I'm trying to think of more, but I've been here for long enough now that they are normal, and not something that I think about often. Once in a while someone or something will jog my memory. And Australians make fun of Pommies (British people) who call zucchini "courgette" and eggplant "aubergine".


4 comments:

Vicki said...

this is interesting. I've heard most of the Australian terms, except paw paw & pikelets (which is a lot easier than silver-dollar pancakes!)

bazu said...

Seriously? Sultana bran?! That's a good one.

I've had to learn a lot of these terms b/c I read so many British, Canadian, and Aussie blogs, each of which have their own terminology it seems!

Do Australians also say courgette (for zucchini), aubergine (eggplant), rocket (arugula), and swede (for radish... I *think*)?...

I love learning these new terms, give us more!

Urban Vegan said...

Pikelets is my favorite.

Lobster Jorge said...

@bazu: all of them except "courgette". That was a result of francophile influence in England, which came after Australia.
I think French is a silly language