30 Kiwi words that confuse all Non-Kiwis

Do you speak Kiwi? Our mates at The Urban List have put together this pretty sweet list of words only real Kiwis will know.

Dairy: Corner store selling day-to-day essentials including milk, newspapers, dollar lolly bags, Cookie Times and choccy-flavoured Primo. “I’m going to the dairy to grab some milk.”

Lolly: Candy and sweets. “Yum, this lolly tastes great.” 

Pineapple Lumps: Chocolate-covered pineapple chew. FYI they don’t taste like pineapple. “Let’s decorate the cake with Pineapple Lumps.”

Bach: Holiday home pronounced ‘batch’. If you’re anyone in New Zealand, you will own one. “Let’s go to the bach this weekend for a girly getaway while Mummy and Daddy are away on the yacht.”

Jandals: Flip flops/thongs. The closest thing to going barefoot (which Kiwi’s love by the way!). “We’re going to the movies? I’ll wear my jandals.”

Beaut: Great, excellent, very good. “My car’s a beaut.”

Bro: Short for brother. A term of endearment for a close male friend and used a hell of a lot. “Hey, bro. Let’s go have some pints.”

Munted: Something that is pretty much stuffed. Can also be used to describe someone who is rather intoxicated. “God, the back of that car is completely munted.” 

Togs: What you wear when you go swimming. “Gosh, his togs don’t hide much!”

Stoked: Pretty happy and chuffed about something. “I’m so stoked a New Year’s Eve Festival is coming to Auckland.”

Chook: Chicken. Can also be used as a term of endearment. “What are you up to, chook?”

Eh: Pronounced ‘ay’. Means similar to ‘don’t you agree?’ “That feed was good, eh?”

Ta: A shortened version of thank you taught to kids from a very young age. “Here’s your drink.” “Ta.”

Yeah…nah: Technically means no. How vague can you be?! “Do you want to go on a date with me?” “Yeah…nah.”

Chocka: Full. “My wardrobe is chocka after that shopping.”

Wop-wops: Literally in the middle of nowhere. “They live in the wop-wops.” 

Chur: Thanks/thank you. Relaxed alternative of ‘cheers’.

Durrie: Cigarette. “Hey bro, lend us a durrie!”

Sweet as: Cool, awesome or no problem. “Can I borrow your wheels?” “Sweet as.”

Gumboots: Wellingtons/wellies/rubber boots. There is even a gumboot throwing contest in New Zealand! “I’ll wear my gumboots in the garden.”

Cuz/zie: Abbreviation of cousin. Can be male or female. “Hey cuz, how are you?” 

Feijoa: A widely popular fruit that takes a while to get used to. Don’t disrespect the feijoa though, they are worshipped by Kiwis. “Can I pick some feijoas off your tree?” 

Scull: Down your drink—not for the faint-hearted. If someone yells scull, you do it! “Happy 21st, Jack—now scull your yard glass!” 

Hokey pokey: A type of toffee. FYI it’s delicious. Hokey pokey ice cream is a godsend. “Can I please have some hokey pokey ice cream?” 

Hot chips (pronounced hot chups): Literally hot chips. They call crisps ‘chips’ so hot chips are the hot version of the potato snack (if that makes sense). “Let’s eat some hot chups on the beach.”

Heaps: A lot. "That looks like heaps of fun.” This word is literally used ‘heaps’ in New Zealand.

Crook: To feel sick or unwell. “I felt so crook after all those Pineapple Lumps.”

Tiki tour: Getting to a destination the long way. “Let’s take a tiki tour to Sarah’s house.” 

Jafa: Just Another F******g Aucklander. “He always orders a spicy soy chai latte…a total Jafa.”

See the full list at The Urban List