Where can I find a good source (book or web page) of equivalences between Australian English and American English? I am looking for ordinary words, clothing-related words, food-related words, etc.

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(I'm answering this because no-one else has, not because I have a good answer.)

Is the Australian National Dictionary any use?

There used to be quite a funny book of Australian English which was published around the sixties or seventies, but I can't seem to find it on the internet.

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    I think the funny book you're referring to is Let Stalk Strine by "Afferbeck Lauder" (you know, like in a dictionary or telephone directory), mentioned here and seems to be available here. Really hilarious. :-) Commented Aug 14, 2010 at 5:42
  • No, it's not that. It was funny, but it was set out as if it was a real dictionary.
    – delete
    Commented Aug 14, 2010 at 7:35
  • Hmm, it is set out like a dictionary for the most part, but probably some text was lost and mis-formatted. Or of course, as you say, it may have been a different book. Commented Aug 14, 2010 at 8:11
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    Seems like the link in this answer has died, alas.
    – user867
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 3:18

I think the question should really be what are the Equivalences between Australian English and British English?

Because Australian English is derived from British English and has far more in common with it than it does with US English. In fact, apart from colloquialisms and a few differences in common phrases Australian and British English are very close indeed.

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    There's some truth to this, but Australian English draws from both American and British English in a number of ways. While I admit I take the 'lift' to my 'flat,' I also turn at 'intersections' in my 'station wagon,' and I eat both 'biscuits' and 'cookies,' as the mood takes me.
    – user867
    Commented Dec 31, 2012 at 3:40

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