Kiwi Slang – E

ear bashingTo talk to someone incessantly.

“His parents gave him a good ear bashing for arriving home late.”

ehPronounced ‘ay’, like the letter ‘a’. It is used as a tag question:

That was a good movie, eh?” (meaning similar to “don’t you agree?”)

Also used instead of “pardon?” or “what?” to ask someone to repeat something they’ve said.

“John, can you pass me the spanner?”

“Eh? What was that?”

Some regions in the North Island use it with “aw” to respond comments: “aw eh?” meaning similar to “you don’t say?”

EketahunaThe middle of nowhere. The archetypal small country town with few amenities and which nobody is expected to know anything about. Similar to “timbuktu”, and the mythical town of Waikikamukau. This town does exist, and in 2001 had a population of 579 people. Eketahuna sounds very similar to an Afrikaans word for “I have a chicken.”
entréeAn appetizer or hors d’oeurve.

Kiwi Slang Dictionary


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