An expat has revealed the one word Aussies use at the end of their sentences that has left her baffled.
Expat Julia Ojala moved from Finland to Brisbane about three months ago to be closer to her Australian boyfriend, after the pair had been in a long distance relationship.
She has been documenting the global transition on TikTok, where she opens up about all the funny culture shocks and unique Aussie experiences she has had since the move.
In one of her latest videos, Julia talks about how her partner always uses the word “but” at the end of sentences, which she assumed was just a funny character trait of her boyfriend.
“Let me tell you about one of the things that I did not know about Australian people until I came here,” she said in the clip, which was captioned “Australian way of speaking.”
“I didn’t know that Australians love putting ‘but’ at the end of sentences.
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“It was always so confusing to me when I was messaging with my Australian boyfriend. He goes, for example, ‘I don’t know, but.’ And I go, ‘But what? Continue’.
“I always thought, ‘Is this guy okay?’”
After moving Down Under, Julia has realised putting ‘but’ at the end of sentences is a common Aussie quirk that she says has taken her some time to understand.
“I came here, and now I’m just hearing it,” she said. “Didn’t realise this was actually a thing.”
Her followers were quick to react to the video, which has racked up over 130,000 views.
“It’s true but!” one said.
“It’s mainly a Queensland thing …” another suggested.
“Omg I’m dating an Australian and I got soooo confused when he’s talking to me and ended with the ‘but’ haha” revealed a user.
“They use it in place of the word ‘though’, cus it kind of has the same meaning.”
While many thought it was a common Australian quirk, others disagreed – with some Aussies claiming they had never heard that phrase in their life.
“No, Australia does not claim that as typically Australian.” wrote one.
“You need to hang out with different Aussies.”
“Been living here all my life, never heard one single person do that.” another said.
Earlier in the year, an American living in Melbourne opened up about her experience living in Australia.
US woman Gigi demanded “justice” for California girls after claiming Aussies always make fun of her accent.
She posted her frustration online after revealing an altercation she experienced at a party.
Gigi explained that she was in the middle of introducing herself to everyone, when an unknown Australian man interrupted what she was saying to tell her that she sounds “so f***ing stupid”.
“This has happened to me quite a bit since I moved to Australia,” she explained on the video, titled #JusticeForCaliGirls.
“I went to a party last night, and I was just introducing myself, trying to be nice to people.
“And I was a little bit tipsy, but anyways. This f***ing dude just randomly interrupts me, and he says ‘you sound so f***ing stupid’.
“And starts talking like this, mimicking what I was saying.”
Gigi went on to explain that this type of incident was just one of many occasions where Australians have gone out of their way to make fun of how she speaks.
She added that she believes it is because she is from California that she has become more of a prominent target.
“That’s not even the first time that’s happened to me here. It’s happened so many times,” she said.
“I’m sure if you’re from Southern California and you’re a girl, and you’re cute, people probably say that sh*t to you all the goddamn time.
“And honestly, hashtag justice for Cali girls. It’s a deep insecurity of mine.”