Mate, these videos are good! The Aussie catchword described again ad again in video.
Since the British English word arrived in Australia, Aussies have really added a lot of new meanings for the one word. It it’s no wonder they have 17 videos explaining the one word. If you are in contact with speakers of British English it can be a word you’ll often hear, especially amongst men. Australian and Kiwi English are the heaviest users of the word mate, but it can also be heard being used by English and Irish people. So what is the meaning of mate?
Mate is both a noun and a verb. To sort the easy part out first, mate means to pair, to join, to pair for the purpose of sexual reproduction (mating). She’s so hot I want to mate with her.
As a noun, it means a colleague, fellow or associate, or offsider. Work mate-work colleague, ships mate- someone assigned to a sailor to be the assistant, house mate- co-inhabitant of your house, and the list goes on. Or a married couple which is rarely used (you may as well talk about your spouse as a science experiment if you use that word in this situation).
In Aussie Slang many people are addressed as mate, especially as a polite way to get the attention of someone you don’t know, or talk about someone you don’t know their name. “What’s old mate, doing over there What’s that guy over there doing?
Mate: no other word can let you know that you’re talking to an Australian than ‘mate’. Even though it is used also by the Brits specifically English, and forms a great part of New Zealand speak, it is the frequency that it is used in Australia. As found on our- Australian Slang page.
Well by now you’ve got the picture. You can see all the videos of The meaning of mate.com or check out some more Australian Slang on our slang pages
Until the next post, “See you later Mate”
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