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Kiwi Speak (Colloquialisms)
This is kiwi speak, our slang, our way of talking. Some of it's uniquely New Zealand, and some is more a mix of international adaption with an original home grown twist. Click through alphabetically or go page by page to view all of entries we have. If you know one that's not listed, suggest it to us and we'll consider adding it in!

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Sayings & Meanings
Taa: Thanks. ie. if someone passed you something you'd say "Taa". - Contributed by Juliette
Tangi: A maori word which means funeral ceremony.
Taranaki Gate: A makeshift gate made from wire and battens.
Technicolour Yawn: Vomit or the act of vomiting. If you drank too much at a party and vomited, you'd say you had a technicolour yawn.
That'll do: That's enough; you can stop now. (Oten used by farmers when working their dogs) - Contributed by Barb Sutton
Thick as pig shit: Someone who is stupid. Or someone with a low level of intelligence.
Tinnie: A small amount of marijuana wrapped in aluminium foil. Usual retail; NZ$20 (apparently). - Contributed by Frank Macskasy
Tinnie House: A (usually) residental house, secretly selling marijuana and other drugs. Often rented for this sole purpose. - Contributed by Frank Macskasy
Toe rag: Disgusting, stupid or vile person. - Contributed by StewR
Togs: Swimmers, bathers, a bathing suit, or bikini. - Contributed by Hannah Tobin
Tomato Sauce: Ketchup. - Contributed by Juliette
Tough Bickies: When someone is complaining about something that can't be changed someone might say to them 'Tough bickies', meaning to get over it. - Contributed by Hannah Tobin
Townie: Person living in a town or city, as opposed to a rural lifestyle. Eg; "He's a townie". - Contributed by Frank Macskasy
Trolley: Shopping cart. - Contributed by Juliette
Truckie: A truck driver. - Contributed by John Barker
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