Aussie drink US man ‘never heard of’
It seems as though Americans find it really hard understanding our slang when moving to Australia.
You can't blame them, we do have a very unique way of describing things.
I mean, why say a whole word, when you can say half of it?
This also includes things that may not be ours, but we have proudly claimed by giving it an Aussie spin.
Some may call it lazy, but we call it smart.
Take, for example, champagne.
US expat Adam Foskey was so baffled by our nickname for it, he made a TikTok about it, while also detailing the three other things he never heard since living Down Under.
"So I am just going to run through a few things I never heard of before moving to Australia," the Georgia-born man said.
"First up we have the term 'champers', referring to 'champagne'.
"This is something I can get behind because if you throw the word 'champers' around it means you're here for a good time."
Australian sparkling wine is not allowed to be called champagne but that doesn't stop people from calling it champers (pronounced shampers)
But as much as we would love to claim it as our own, we can't, because as the Brits will probably tell you it is they who (apparently) came up with the term.
Meanwhile, something that is definitely Australian (ie it's sung by an Aussie), that has become somewhat of a national anthem is song The Horses.
"Next up we have the song Horses which most Australians seem to love. I am not sure how I never heard this in America but it's definitely a vibe," Adam said.
In fact, not even Daryl Braithwaite who sung the song understands the obsession.
"It's a strange, exciting situation with that song … trying to fathom why it is so endearing to people," he told The Australian back in 2017.
Ironically, it was American singer Rickie Lee Jones who co-wrote the song with another American, Walter Becker.
"I've spoken to Rickie Lee Jones about it and, like myself, she doesn't know," Braithwaite said.
Nonetheless, we've claimed it.
Another word Adam pointed out was "chook".
"Next up we have 'chook' which is another name for a chicken. I'm not sure how I didn't come up with something like this myself growing up on a farm, but I really like it."
His last word kept up with the animal theme.
"And lastly we have the 'barramundi fish'."
Adam said he didn't even know that type of fish existed before moving to Australia.
The expat has clocked millions of views on his videos about living the Aussie way of life, including one where he was shocked to learn we sing "hip hip hooray" at the end of the Happy Birthday song.
A "degustation menu" is also something he's never heard of, explaining to his 26,000 followers: "It's when you go to a restaurant and you're served anywhere between three to 14 courses just to be able to taste their menu.
"It's full of flavour and it's amazing."
Originally published as Aussie drink US man 'never heard of'