Macquarie Dictionary


I’ll have the schnitty, please

In this week’s Word of the Week, I am ordering Australia’s favourite pub meal. The schnitty, the slang name for the legendary chicken schnitzel, comes with a generous side of chips and a forest of salad. Just thinking of that butterflied chicken breast makes me want to step away for an early lunch. 

Aussies regularly order from a menu of slang foods. The BLT, a bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich, is a lunchtime favourite. You might throw in some avo, or avocado, with that for an extra treat. After a sandwich there is nothing like sitting down with a cuppa and a choccy biccy. I think those are self-explanatory. Of course, I couldn’t go on without mentioning the souped up cousin of the schnitty: the famous chicken parmigiana, known affectionately as the parmi. If you’re feeling extra hungry, check out our blog, Parma, parmi or parmo. Which one is correct?

When it comes to drinks we’ve got you covered too. By the time Friday rolls around you might be ready for some bubbles, or a stubby, or a tinnie or maybe even a slab. Those are sparkling wine, a small bottle of beer, a tin of beer and 24 cans of beer respectively. 

So, what’ll it be?

Each week, we have a look at a slang word from Australian English. You can see other Aussie Word of the Week posts from the Macquarie Dictionary here.

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