Abbreviate Everything

As a polyglot nation, Australia has particular methods and mannerisms when it comes to communication. Whether it’s speaking, writing or reading, Australians are adept at abbreviating English words to create their own language. (The technical term is diminutive.)

There is servo for service station, preggers for pregnant, pokies for poker machines. We even gave the world the word selfie. There are more than 5,000 diminutives in Australian English.

If you want to be a patriot, you need to abbreviate your words. Let these two Aussies explain: