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We should be so lucky; UNDERSTAND WHAT THOSE FLAMIN' GALAHS DOWN UNDER ARE SAYING?

Byline: LUKE CONLAN

EMIGRATION is at its highest for more than 20 years - and most are heading Down Under.

If you're one the many saying farewell to the Emerald Isle and G'day to Oz you'll need our handy Irish Sunday Mirror guide to understanding Aussie slang.

After all, you wouldn't want to make a "flamin' galah" of yourself, or show yourself up as a "two-pot screamer" in front of the locals.

TWO POT SCREAMER

If you get drunk on very little alcohol then you, my friend, are a two pot screamer. The reasoning behind the term is that the person would be screaming after two "pots" of drinks. For example: "Did you see how drunk Alan was last night? He's a two pot screamer if ever I saw one."

SHE'LL BE APPLES

Nope, this has nothing to do with fruit. Instead "she'll be apples" is a way of saying "everything will be fine" or "don't worry about it."

Hopefully one you'll hear a lot Down Under.

DON'T COME THE RAW PRAWN

A raw prawn is a really nasty piece of work. Someone wet, limp and slippery. So if you're told, "don't come the raw prawn" imagine they're telling you not to act the maggot - and stop what you're doing immediately.

FAIR DINKUM

Popularised by Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee, it's a tricky one - it can either mean "Fair enough" or "It's true", but can also mean, "No way!" For example: "Fair dinkum mate, I'll buy you a drink later."

GALAH

Every Irish person who grew up in the 80s or 90s remembers the immortal Alf Stewart of Summer bay and his catch phrase, "You flaming galah!" So we shouldn't need to tell you it's a term of abuse - though you probably don't know it comes from the galah, a particularly stupid Aussie bird.

FLAT OUT LIKE A LIZARD DRINKING

If you're very busy or overworked then this applies to you. Imagine a lizard lying flat on its stomach to get the idea.

For example: "I can't go for lunch today, I'm flat out like a lizard drinking."

BANANA BENDER

No, it's not a rude comment on someone's sex life - even if it does sound like it.

A banana bender is either a person from Queensland or someone with too much time on their hands. For example: "If I ever win the lottery I'm going to sit around like a banana bender."

WITHIN COOEE

This is a confusing one. The phrase "within cooee" means close or near to.

For example: "I've about as much chance as getting within Cooee of Kylie at a wet T-Shirt barbie." And yes, you will sound like a moron saying it.

BRASS RAZOO

If you haven't fot one of you are broke indeed, and your should understand and buy drink. For example: "I can't go tonight mate, I haven't got a brass

LARRIKIN A larrikin has no time for rules and regulations. He - or she - just wants to have a good time. But be warned, a larrikin can also be a bit of a prankster - watch out for prank phone calls and clingfilm on the toilet when a larrikin's on the loose.

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Cultural icon... Alf Stewart Merry prankster... a Larrikin
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