More Kiwi Terms
- Chemist or Pharmacy – drug store
- Chips (or sometimes pronounced as “cheps” or “chups”) - french fries.
- Coffee whitener - coffee creamer. My friend J found this out on his first day at the grocer. BTW, this item may be hard to find in smaller grocery stores. This is because Kiwis prefer fresh milk instead.
- Connection Pack – SIM card
- Cotton buds - Q-tips.
- Dairy – sari-sari store
- Duvet – a thick blanket commonly called comforter in the States
- Petrol - gasoline
- Petrol station - gas station. Here we have Shell, Caltex, Mobil, BP, Gull, Challenge
- Ice block – popsicle
- Jumper – also sweater.
- Lemonade - Sprite or 7-Up.
- Lolly – refers to all candies, not only the lollipop we know
- Lucky Dip – quick pick in Lotto. A Lucky Dip costs $6 and consists of 10 lines.
- Mobile – cell phone
- Nappies – diapers
- Rubbish – trash or garbage
- Rubbish bin – where you throw rubbish
- Sausages – hotdogs
- Tissue or Serviette – table napkins
- Togs – swimsuit
- Tomato sauce - catsup. Note: you have to pronounce “Tomato” the way it is written “to-ma-to”, not “to-mey-tow”. That’s funny because, “potato” is pronounced as “po-tey-tow”.
- Torch – flashlight
- Tracksuit – sweatshirt
Finally, “Kiwi” either refers to a New Zealander, the kiwi bird, or the kiwi fruit. You have to determine which one from the context that it is used.