It is similar to the American English "no problem". The phrase is widely used in Australian speech and represents a feeling of friendliness, good humour, optimism and "mateship" in Australian culture. The phrase has been referred to as the national motto of Australia.
It's commonly used as a response to, “you're welcome” or when someone says “thank you.” One contributor wrote to LSSU about the phrase and said, “if I'm not worried, I don't want anyone telling me not to worry. If I am upset, I want to discuss being upset.”
Certainly, no worries (along with its offspring) featured in our slang survey of 2300 Australians, and on the ABC Facebook pages (where listeners posted their favourite slang expressions). In fact, it's one of Australia's international success stories.
It's originally an Australian expression (the “you're welcome” meaning in particular). First recorded in the 1960s, the expression gained popularity in Australia's neighbor, New Zealand, and in Asian countries like Singapore and Malaysia, too.
The first use of “no worries” goes back to a 1965 edition of Sydney's Oz magazine, according to the Oxford English dictionary.
Here are six Double Negatives I'm working diligently to convert to Positives: No Problem. No Hassle. No Worries.
Perhaps, and it would be acceptable when used in an informal instance such as sitting in someone's chair or accidentally cutting someone off in friendly conversation. However, when someone has made a greater mistake or hurt feelings, the correct response should be, “Thanks for your apology.
G'day. One of the first things you'll hear when in Australia, is the classic “G'day, mate”, which is basically the same as saying, “good day”, or “hello”.
It is considered impolite to ask a direct question about a person's salary or wealth. Inquiring about someone's weight or age is also highly inappropriate in many situations. Spitting in public is rude. If there is a line for something, always queue and wait for your turn.
Mate. “Mate” is a popular word for friend. And while it's used in other English-speaking countries around the world, it has a special connection to Australia.
If someone is angry, you could say they've 'gone crook'. Crook can also be used to describe a criminal. Cuppa: if someone asks for a cuppa, they want a cup of tea. Cut snake (Mad as a): this is an extremely Australian way to say that someone is very angry.
But it's also used in almost every English-speaking country. In England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, India, Canada (usually), and New Zealand, Z is pronounced as zed. It's derived from the Greek letter zeta.
Older people tend to say “you're welcome,” younger people tend to say “no problem.” This is because for older people the act of helping or assisting someone is seen as a task that is not expected of them, but is them doing extra, so it's them saying, “I accept your thanks because I know I deserve it.”
Some people find the expression, particularly when employed in the service industry, to be rude, implying that a reasonable request could have been received as problematic or unwelcome. However, in the culture of younger Americans, no problem is often used as a more conversational alternative to you're welcome.
It calls attention to the negative, the problems, the inconveniences, the good deed and, so, it swells the one getting thanked and diminishes the one thanking. It negates the gratitude by transforming into debt and apology.
2. sheila – woman or female.
5. Sheila = Girl. Yes, that is the Australian slang for girl.
Catch you later is an Australian slang form of saying 'goodbye'. A: Anyway, it's time for me to go home. Catch you later. If you do happen to talk to an Australian they may ask you if you are fair dinkum.
Here in Australia, however, McDonald's most prevalent nickname is “Macca's”. A recent branding survey commissioned by McDonald's Australia found that 55 per cent of Australians refer to the company by its local slang name.
It's "good evening", or the non-time specific "g'day". Contributor's comments: I grew up in Brisbane, and have never, heard 'Goodnight' as a greeting.
One of the first things you'll notice about Australia will no doubt be the very unique speaking habits of its people. Australians speak fast, 'chew' words and skip pronunciation of letters – combine this with their penchant for slang and abbreviations, and you have a language that's quite difficult to comprehend!