Aussie slang: Sanger

Sanger is a classic piece of Aussie slang that sounds odd but makes sense once you know what it means.


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Meaning: ‘Sanger’ is slang for a sandwich.



Bread has always been a popular staple in the Australian diet – and despite the North American low-carb obsession, it’s refreshing to see that Aussies are still enjoying bread as they’ve always done.


How to use it: ‘Sanger’ is a straight forward noun that can be substituted anywhere you would use the word sandwich.



Mark Wahlberg can’t even enjoy his sanger in peace without photographers pestering him!


Examples: ‘Would you like a sanger for lunch Mum?, ‘Look at those steak sangers!’



‘It doesn’t get much more Aussie than a Vegemite & Cheese sanger!’


Origin: In typical Aussie fashion, sandwich had been shortened to ‘Sango’ and had a vowel popped on the end by the 1940s. By the 1960s however it had evolved into sanger and today it can be used to describe all shapes and sizes of sandwiches


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The classic Aussie steak sandwich is made much like a typical hamburger – with a piece of grilled steak, fried onions, lettuce, tomato, tinned beetroot and barbecue sauce or tomato sauce. Occasionally if you’re going all out you might add cheese, a fried egg, fried bacon or even grilled pineapple.

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