G'day mate: Microsoft Office 2007 to understand Australian

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Australian words like g'day, Sheila and bogan will be added to the Microsoft Office 2007 dictionary. More than 24,000 Australians voted for the top 20 words with g'day, short for good day, leading the pack. Office currently misrecognizes the words, thinking that they are misspellings and tries to correct them.

The other four words in the top five are sickie, ute, trackies and bogan. I admit that I had to turn to this site to gather the meanings. A sickie is slang for a sick day, while an ute is a sport-utility vehicle. Trackies are track suits (running outfits) and a bogan is someone who doesn't take pride in their appearance.