From ‘iso’ to ‘sanny’: Australians are coming up with a hilarious list of new slang terms they think will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic
- Australians are known for truncating words beyond recognition
- People predict the Aussie slang terms that come from COVID-19
- Hand sanitiser becomes ‘sanny’ while people in self-isolation are ‘in iso’
- Coronavirus, the disease also known as COVID-19, will be called ‘The Rona’
- The post has been shared by thousands of people looking for some relief
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Amid the unprecedented global chaos of COVID-19, Australians seeking to ease the mood have predicted the new slang terms that will be used to talk about the coronavirus pandemic Down Under for years to come.
Australians have long been notorious for shortening or simply changing words beyond recognition, with terms like ‘arvo’ for ‘afternoon’ and ‘crook’ to describe the feeling of nausea.
Predictions were posted on the Only in Australia Facebook page, which pokes fun at culture and customs unique to the country.
Hand sanitizer, which has become a symbol of the coronavirus crisis, is expected to simply become ‘sanny’ among Australians.
Australians predict a range of slang terms related to the coronavirus pandemic, with hand sanitizer becoming known as ‘sanny’ (stock image)
COVID-19 SLIM CONDITIONS IN AUSTRALIA
Hand sanitiser: Sanny
In self-isolation or lockdown: in iso
Supermarket collectors: magpies or gulls
Coronavirus: The Rona
Source: Only in Australia
People in self-isolation or quarantine, practices followed around the world to slow the spread of COVID-19, are said to be “in iso.”
Coronavirus itself will be called ‘The Rona’, while panic buyers and those who hoard toilet paper and other supermarket essentials receive the dubious ‘magpies’ award.
Magpies are notorious for stealing things and becoming obsessed with shiny objects in European folklore.
People in self-isolation or quarantine, practices followed around the world to slow the spread of COVID-19 are called ‘in iso’ (stock image)
Phrases have been made to display the words in context.
Instead of saying, “My boss tested positive for coronavirus or COVID-19, so now I’m in self-isolation.”
An Australian might say, “My boss tested pozzi for The Rona, so now I’m in ISO.”
Panic buyers and people who hoard toilet paper and other supermarket essentials receive the dubious ‘magpies’ award (stock image)
Australians call the coronavirus itself ‘The Rona’ (pictured, the coronavirus that often causes respiratory infections in humans)
While a foreign visitor would say, “I went to Woolworths to get some hand sanitizer, but it sold out because panic buyers had bought every last bottle.”
An Australian would complain, “I went to Woolies for a sanny, but she’s a goddamn magpie.”
The post has been shared nearly 10,000 times in just five hours by people looking for some relief amid free-falling financial markets, rising job losses and thousands of deaths from COVID-19.