/19 Iconic Lines That Every Australian Can Quote, But The Rest Of The World Will Be Confused By

19 Iconic Lines That Every Australian Can Quote, But The Rest Of The World Will Be Confused By

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Only Australians know that Rhondas are hot, Jans cause unhappiness and Muriels are terrible.


“Don’t chop the dinosaur, Daddy!”

The Natural Confectionary Company

So many quotable moments in Aussie culture come straight from our TV ads. In this case, it’s The Natural Confectionary Company and a little girl’s plea for her dad not to cut up a dinosaur lolly.


“Not happy Jan!”

Yellow Pages

Everyone knows and says this line in Australia. But do you remember where it actually originated? A Yellow Pages ad. Remember those?! Relics from a bygone era.


“Look at moi, ploise.”


Kath and Kim is packed with quotes that have become part of our everyday vernacular, but there’s no doubt that “look at moi, ploise” is the most utilised. Closely followed by “it’s noice, it’s different, it’s unusual”, of course.


“Hot like a sunrise.”


Ah yes, Rhonda’s romance with Ketut is one for the greatest love stories in Australian history — and it’s all thanks to a series of AAMI ads.


“You’re terrible, Muriel.”

Film Victoria

Muriel’s Wedding has many, many quotable lines, but this catchphrase from Joanie has had the biggest cultural impact.


“Game on, moll.”


A staple from Australian reality TV, “Game on, moll” appears to have first been uttered on Big Brother, but it was popularised by Jordan on Australia’s Next Top Model and hasn’t left our screens — or our lives — since.


“Rack off!”

Network Ten

Rack off is an old school Australian insult, now most strongly associated with Heartbreak High, thanks to its frequent use on the ’90s teen show.


“The rains are ‘ere!”


If you don’t quote this McCain commercial line when it starts raining (especially after a dry spell), are you even Australian?


“To keep the rabbits out.”


This Telstra Bigpond ad’s quotability is helped along by the actor’s uncertain delivery of it. For those who can’t remember the context, it’s delivered by a father in answer to his son’s question; “Why did they build the great wall of China?” An eternal classic.


“No Gary, no!”


You can hear this Nicorette ad line in your head right now, can’t you? I bet you’re even singing it.


“I said pet.”

Seven Network

Fast Forward had a massive impact on Australian culture (not least because it was the birthplace of Kath and Kim). One of the most popular bits was Magda Szubanski’s character, Lynne Postlethwaite, and her catchphrase “I said pet”, usually used in repetition and in combination with “I said darling” or “I said love”.


“She goes, she goes, she goes…”

Nine Network

The Comedy Company’s Kylie Mole was an affectionate parody of teen culture that, in turn, shaped culture. Her way of telling a story “she goes, she goes” or “I go, I go” was so popular it spawned an Aria-charting song.


“Lock it in, Eddie.”

Win Network

When a simple “yes” won’t suffice, you’ve got to “lock it in, Eddie”. Thanks, Who Wants to be a Millionaire.


“Straight to the pool room.”


There aren’t many lines in The Castle that aren’t frequently quoted, especially “tell him he’s dreaming”. But “going straight to the pool room” is such a specific phrase that’s been widely adopted too.


“Upside down, upside down.”


There’s nothing uniquely Australian about this quote itself, but it’s the way Blackboard from Mr Squiggle always delivered the line that has made it iconic. That and “hurry uuuuuppp” and “boooorriing”.


“I say, Arthur.”


Mother and Son is a classic Australian comedy and Maggie’s oft-repeated phrase “I say, Arthur” became a much-loved quote.




Puberty Blues captured the teen slang of the ’70s and early ’80s in some absolutely exquisite lines. Its early use of “rack off” and “moll” is notable, but we have to be especially thankful to it for immortalising the phrase “rootable”.


“Son, can I bend your ear for a tick?”

Ronin FIlms

Strictly Ballroom is another movie with many quotable lines, but the most practical and frequently used is definitely Doug’s plea, “son, can I bend your ear for a tick?”


And finally, “Low fat, no fat, full cream…”

Pauls Milk

The fact that so many Australians can quote a long line from a milk commercial and that it became a meme says a lot about our culture. I’m not entirely sure what it is — but it’s something.

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