British man is shocked about a very common Aussie habit after moving Down Under from London
- British weightlifter jokes about Australians’ use of the word ‘f***ed’ on TikTok
- He noted it was confusing to hear it used to describe something good or bad
- His amused post went viral about Australians’ enthusiastic use of swear word
WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE
A British man has sparked a debate about how versatile one particular popular swear word is with Australians.
Ryan Rose Evans, a Londoner living in down under, posted a video to his TikTok about how confused but also amused he is at how many uses Australians find for the word ‘f***ed’.
Mr Evans, a weightlifter who regularly posts about life in Australia – especially the dating scene, implied the word is used more widely here than in his home country in his viral post.
He got over 170,000 views for this post titled ‘Aussies use this word for everything’.
Ryan Rose Evans, a Londoner living in down under, posted a video to his TikTok about how confused but also amused he is at how many uses Australians find for the word ‘f***ed’
‘Here’s another thing I’ve noticed about Aussies, you guys can use the word “f—ed” for so many different things,’ Mr Evans said, beaming.
‘It can be that’s f***ed – that’s a bad thing. It can be that’s f***ed – that’s a good thing.
‘Jesus, it just goes on and on and on,’ he said.
‘I was talking to my mates yesterday and they said “that’s f***ed” and it could also mean … it’s a good thing’. It’s so confusing but it’s so worldwide, you can use it for absolutely everything.’
The effed-up word Aussies love to use
F***ed: good, excellent, bad, unfair, in trouble, unwell, tired, sick, poor, incapable, forgetful and the recipient of sexual intercourse etc
Get f***ed: no, no way, yes please.
Abso-f***ing-lutely: an enthusiastic yes.
Mr Evans was absolutely correct and even under-estimated the uses of f***ed, without even going into the base word f*** and other related suffixes.
One of the most common uses for ‘f***ed’ is to describe being in a less than optimal state either through tiredness or as a result of the over-indulgence of alcohol or even mind-altering substances.
It can be used to describe the bare contents of a mate’s wallet or purse at the bar too, ironically meaning the user is unlikely to become ‘f***ed’ through over-consumption.
Similarly, it can mean someone is in strife – for example with a partner, with parents or with a state’s roads and traffic authority due to accruing too many penalty points on one’s driving licence.
Recently it has been used to differentiate between a cold that would justify working from home, to a flu or dose of Covid that means ‘I need a day off work’.
Like its root or base word ‘f***’, f***ed’ is also used to express surprise, shock, joy, amusement, amazement and as punctuation – including as a weird sort of pause.
Strangely one of the less popular uses is to describe having had sexual intercourse.
F*** is so enormously popular in Australia that it is even deployed where makes little sense and contradicts a key rule of Aussie slang – that most words are shortened.
The classic example is the use of f***ing in the middle of another word – such as ‘abso-f***ing-lutely’.
Mr Evans was also correct that how the word is received depends on how we say f***ed.
‘It seems to be how you say it is how someone will get exactly what you mean from it. Am I right?’ he asked.
In commenting on his video, users agreed. ‘We’re a tonal people,’ one woman noted.
Another added ‘Are we serious or are we joking nobody will ever know!’
Mr Evans is not the only British man shocked by how much Australians swear.
‘There is something actually wrong with Australians,’ he said in the clip. ‘I was at the shop, and this is how the two Aussies greeted each other: ‘Hey John, you f***ing idiot. Hey Matty, you pr***.
Ryan Frank posted a video to his TikTok revealing his shock at how Aussies speak to each other after witnessing an alarming interaction between two mates.
‘When I saw this I thought they were going to fight, then I realised it’s actually normal to swear in Australia.’
Ryan, said she was shocked by the casual insulting between Aussies and suggested the exchange wouldn’t go down well in other countries.
‘If you were doing this in Africa or any other place your head would be chopped off,’ he said in the TikTok video.
‘Australians are actually a different breed, what is wrong with these people,’ he said.
‘You could go anywhere else in the world, but Australia would be the only place where you find people swearing at people as normal.
‘Even the kids do this to their parents!
‘When I saw this I thought they were going to fight, then I realised it’s actually normal to swear in Australia,’ the Brit said of the exchange
He also said that ‘anything in Australia can be used as an insult’.
‘Australian insults are not normal, people will call you a muffin, a dingo, a kangaroo, a tool, where do you come up with these things?’
The clip has been viewed more than 80,000 times, with commenters saying the greetings were normal practice in Australia.
‘We use swearing as a term of endearment,’ one person said.
‘The harsher the swear word the closer the relationship,’ another Aussie commented.
‘Yeah nah, it’s when we’re polite that you need to worry,’ a woman responded.
Another said: ‘I just swore at my teacher this year and she swore back.’