Ripper Aussie Slang Becomes A Hit

Seminarians Jackson Saunders (4th year) and Jude Johnson (5th year) have a shared love of Aussie Slang. 

Jackson is a born and bred Australian studying for the Diocese of Sandhurst, while Jude is a seminarian for the Melbourne Archdiocese and originally from Myanmar (Burma). 

Each week on a Monday and Friday night during the announcements at the seminary, prior to the evening meal, Jackson and Jude introduce a new Aussie slang of the week. 

 Jackson Saunders (far left) and Jude Johnson (far right) enjoyed some 'Aussie Slang' over lunch at the recent family day. Pictured also is Jackson's father, Damien Saunders (middle).

Jackson Saunders (far left) and Jude Johnson (far right) enjoyed some 'Aussie Slang' over lunch at the recent family day. Pictured also is Jackson's father, Damien Saunders (middle).

This initiative began in 2016 and has continued ever since. 

Some popular Aussie Slangs which have been used include, "I'm going to hit the hay," "she'll be right mate," "fair dinkum", "ripper" and "bludger."

The aim of the initiative is to introduce words for overseas seminarians to learn so that they can use and understand these in future ministry. 

One of the most recent slangs include 'your blood is worth bottling.'