Mind your language: things only Victorians say and do
Parma versus parmi
There’s nothing more Australian (even though it’s really Italian…) than a parmigiana at the pub. However, as Aussies, we shorten everything – the servo, your rego, and of course, your parma.
Apparently, this doesn’t sit well with our friends higher up on the east coast, who like to tuck into a delicious… parmi?
Not on our watch.
Pot, middy, handle, or 'seven'
Whether you like your beers full-strength or alcohol-free, a 285ml glass of beer is widely known as a pot in the cultural state of Victoria.
However, find yourself flying an hour north or west and you’ll need to change up your order to a ‘middy’ in New South Wales, a schooner in South Australia, a ‘handle’ in the Northern Territory, or a ‘seven’ in Tassie.
If it gets too confusing, a 'stubbie’ is a universal measurement down under.
Bathers or a cozzie
When getting ready for a summer holiday or dip in the pool, Victorians know to stay safe and cool and pack a towel, sunscreen, hat, and their bathers.
Up north, it's much the same, although they’re packing a swimsuit, bathing suit, togs, or a cozzie. We know what they mean… but they’re bathers. To bath in.
Kinder comes before prep?
Here in Victoria, it's an exciting time to graduate kindergarten and get ready for school - which means starting prep, and then grade 1, 2, and so forth. In some states like New South Wales, this prep year is referred to as kindergarten, while the years before are known as preschool.
Mudlarks, not peewees
The magpie lark, which appears as a smaller magpie bird, is often referred to as a mudlark by Victorians. However, in other states, the bird can be referred to as anything from a peewee to the Murray magpie.
What's a milk bar?
Did you know many states like South Australia and Western Australia have never heard of the humble milk bar? Suggest it to them and they may get an image of a 1950s-style soda shop. In other states, these are really just thought of as convenience stores, grocers or delis.