Here in New Zealand they speak English. There are, however, a few nuances that make their version a little different than American english. We’ve taken the time to define some terms for you, just in case we start using them here on the blog or if you ever make it out for a visit…

Sweet as = That is sweet!

In America, we might say “sweet as honey” or “cheap as dirt.” Here, they ignore the simile and just finish with “as.” While “sweet as” is most popular, you can attach “as” to any adjective and it will work. “Today is sunny as!” or “It’s cold as outside!”

Epic = Awesome.

In a sentence: “Let’s play some cricket! That will be epic!”

Average = Pathetic.

“I hate it when people lie, it’s so average.”

Cheers = Thanks!

Cheers for letting me borrow some pants today.”

Heaps = a lot.

“We had heaps of food for dinner tonight.”

Jersey = A pullover or zip up jacket/sweater.

“It’s cold outside, don’t forget to wear a jersey!”

Keen = interested, up for it

“The weather today is sweet as. Are you keen to play some rugby?”

Rubbish = Trash Can

“Throw that old, stinky jersey into the rubbish.”

Togs = Bathing Suit

“If you’re keen, don’t forget to bring your togs. There will be heaps of swimming pools at Hanmer Springs. It’s going to be epic.”

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This post was by Evan, the uglier half of He loves Lord of the Rings, cheese, and the Atlanta Braves. He makes movies, writes, takes pictures, and enjoys any other form of story telling.

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