The term eshay has become well established in Australia in recent years, influenced heavily by Aussie hip hop in the early 2000s and given exposure via social media.
Apparently this is some sort of horrific Australian rude boi slang. It started out as Pig Latin for sesh or session and eventually became so common it just means "cool" now.
Eshay is pig latin for sesh, as in 'let's have a sesh,' (stoner lingo; a smoking session); became super popular in the 90s when I was still in school, but at that point hadn't become an epithet, it was simply used to obfuscate the truth from adults.
Notorious rapper and convicted criminal Spanian has made a name for himself as one of the 'original' Sydney eshays. The controversial artist is known for speaking candidly about his life of crime, imprisonment, drug addiction and growing up in inner city Woolloomooloo.
Well. . . basically, an eshay is the Australian equivalent of the British Chav. Like any subculture, eshays are defined by a set of values, for eshays these include: Outfits: Polo shirts, shorts, trackies, bumbags, speed dealers (90s style sunglasses) and puffer jackets.
The term "adlay" (/ˈædleɪ/), Pig Latin for "lad," refers to the same subculture. Eshays, or lads, are often considered stereotypically hypermasculine and inclined to crime and violence.
Basically, Eshay's are those teenagers who primarily wear Nike, adidas, Gucci and Nautica. They spend their spare time tagging trains, scaring geriatrics and smoking billies in storm drains. With a strict uniform and distinct dialect, you shouldn't find it too hard to identify the local Eshays in your neighbourhood.
Wannabe teen gangsters known as eshays are wreaking havoc on the streets of Adelaide, committing “mindless crimes,” as their way to say “f*** the system.” The term eshay first originated in the 1980s to describe lower-class youths in public housing who intimidate, rob and deal drugs.
'Eetswa' is a term from Pig Latin which is a made up language that uses English words and turns them front and back. Eetswa is mostly used by Eshay lads in Australia. The literal meaning of Eetswa is 'sweet' (also for 'good').
extremely derogatory term for a person less intelligent than oneself: You're such a gronk.
Eshays are known for their trademark style - which typically includes flashy Nike shoes, high-end branded polo shirts and gym shorts or tracksuit pants. The common style for an eshay is a t-shirt, polo shirt or hoodie, partnered with a bum bag across their chest.
What are Eshays called in New Zealand? The term eshay is similar to the UK phrase 'chav' and can be interchangeable with 'lad', which in turn sometimes becomes 'adlay'.
Eshays are said to have spread from Sydney's inner-city graffiti scene in the 1980s through Housing Commission estates and out into the suburbs. Teens embracing eshay culture had predominantly come from low socioeconomic backgrounds but the movement has also been picked up by private school boys.
Noun. gronk (plural gronks) (Australia, derogatory, informal) An unintelligent and callous person.
The history of lad rap
Lad rap evolved out of the earcher or earching subculture -- nowadays called 'lads', 'adlays' or 'eshays' -- which originated in Sydney around suburbs like Waterloo, Redfern and Woolloomooloo in the 1980s.
Consists of youths predominantly from areas in Melbourne's northwest including Deer Park, St Albans and Sunshine. Popular in the 90s, this gang has re-emerged, with several youth members taking part in a vicious brawl in Eaton Mall in 2019.
The eshay is considered by some as the sickest crew around and by others a scourge on society. This generally male youth subculture is the Australian equivalent of the British chavs or roadmen. The culture and accompanying aesthetic came out of the low-income housing estates of inner Sydney and Melbourne.
"An eshay may be heard vocalising the words 'eetswa' or 'doin lad?' . This is sure a sign you have encountered an eshay. Keep your purse close and your cigarettes closer and do not strike up a conversation if it can be avoided."
Adjective. ripper (not comparable) (Britain, Australia, slang) Very good; excellent; fantastic.
Eshays are part of a subculture that's gripped a decent chunk of the Australian youth in recent years. They are often made up of young males from low socio-economic areas of Melbourne and Sydney and are associated with drug-dealing, gang violence and harassment.
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d-word (plural d-words) (euphemistic, chiefly US And UK) The word damn.
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