Queensland slang of yesteryear

Category: Essay

We used a lot of slang terms around our country-town schoolyard. Here are some of the words I remember. I haven’t looked up Urban Dictionary to see how other people define the same words.

Derro - Adj: Pejorative term for someone poor or lower class, as in ‘derelict’. A person of low socio-economic status is a ‘derro cunt’.

Durry - Noun: A cigarette.

Festy - Adj: Something disgusting, especially things that smell bad. See also rank.

Gammin / Gammon - Adj: Something un-fair. “Miss held me back [in detention] again.” “That’s gammin.”

Mad cunt - Noun: A person displaying bravado or a person who has accomplished something impressive. As in: “Jonno smashed six shots of Bundy in a row; what a mad cunt.” Abbreviated to “M.C.” in polite settings.

Miss - Noun: A woman, i.e. short for ‘Mrs.’ Female teachers were addressed as ‘Miss’ in the same way male teachers were addressed as ‘Sir’.

Munt - Verb: To damage something, usually irretrievably. Adjective form “munted”, a damaged object. Someone who has done something stupid, or always does stupid things, is a “munted cunt”.

Sick - Adj: Something impressive or high-quality. Something especially impressive is “fully sick”. Popularised by the TV show “Fat Pizza,” with “fully sick subwoofas.”

Rank - Adj: Something disgusting, especially things that smell bad. See also festy.

Pash - Verb: Passionate kissing.