What do Aussies call swimsuits?

bathers – the most common term in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and occasionally in other states. From bathing suit. boardies – short for board shorts. cossie or cozzie – from “swimming costume”; usage of this name is generally restricted to New South Wales.

What do different states call swimmers?

Among the most obvious are the words people use for the same thing, such as swimwear – preferences for “togs”, “swimmers”, “cossie” or “bathers” vary markedly across the states and territories.

What do Victorians call bathers?

Contributor’s comments: Melbourne, Victoria 40s – 50s: bathers = swimming costume = cozzies, togs: “Will you take your bathers with you on the bush walk?” Contributor’s comments: [Perth informant] What those in the east call cossie/swimmers/togs: “When I go to the beach for a swim I wear my bathers.”

Why are togs called togs?

“Togs” is short for the word “togeman”, which was 16th century criminal slang for “coat”. In the 18th century, “togs” started being used more generally as slang for clothes. In the UK, the word still just means “clothes”, but in Australia and New Zealand, it came to be used in a swimming context.

What are bathers called in Queensland?

None of the other synonyms (bathers, cossie, etc.) was used – we all wore togs when swimming. Contributor’s comments: Togs is basically the only term I’ve heard used in Queensland for “swimming outfit”, despite southerners insisting that we have been known to call them swimmers or bathers.

What do Australian call thongs?

In the USA a thong is a piece of underwear. In Australia, it’s what they call flip-flops. Sometimes they also call them “double-pluggers”.

What does swimmers mean in Australia?

Cossies and swimmers ‘Cossies’ and ‘swimmers’ are both slang for swimming costume. They’re an essential piece of clothing for enjoying Australian beaches. Rashies and boardies are great for water sports.

What do Kiwis call swimsuits?

‘Togs’ translates to ‘swimsuit’ or ‘bathing suit’ or ‘bikini’ or ‘swimming shorts/trunks’. It is a blanket term used for any swimming costume and is unisex.

Do Australians say togs?

Australians use a variety of terms to describe their bathing attire, including ‘cossies’ (a shortened version of ‘costumes’) and ‘togs’, which Gwynn explains is an abbreviation of the 16th-Century word ‘togeman’, meaning coat.

What is a cossie in Australia?

cossie. noun (also plural) a swimming costume: *On hot nights before the nor’easter came you changed into your cossie and ran under the sprinkler.