The Language Barrier: Australia and USA

by Christal Fuentes

This past week I had the absolute honor of hosting my friend, author, and Founder of Nicole Joy Inspire, Nicole Joy in Vegas!
She came all the way from the Land Down Under (Australia) and not only is Australia a world away from the State, but… so are their words!
Australia US
We laughed the whole week at how different our words and phrases are from each other, and you know where It all started“Fanny Pack!” Y’all know what a Fanny Pack is right?

Well, believe it or not, I was so excited to get the fanny pack I ordered in the mail (from Nasty Gal). It would’ve been just in time for the Life is Beautiful Festival, because who likes to carry a purse around blocks and blocks of stages?…, not me! Well, when I became disappointed that my fanny pack hadn’t arrived… Nicole quickly reacted in plain disgust.

“What the HELLLL?! A fanny pack?! What on earth is that?!”

I thought she was going to start schooling me on style because to most people a fanny pack is questionable… but that’s not what she did, instead, she told me what “fanny” actually meant in Australia and told me why that should never be the name for a bag here haha!

You want to know what fanny means to an Aussie? It means…. Vagina! Whaaaaaat?! She thought I was saying “Vagina Bag” that’s why she looked at me disgusted that I would ever bring a “vagina bag” anywhere. Once I clarified what an actual fanny was here (butt) and also what a fanny pack was… she said…

“Oh! A Bum Bag!” Oh lord… a bum bag? Like that’s any better… but this is what started the language barrier that would continue all week and in this video, here are just a few of the differences we have in our language! I hope you have a good laugh and if there’s any more you can think of comment below!


I love building relationships with people outside of my environment. There is so much to be learned from each other and as many differences as we do have with others, you will notice there are more similarities. I urge you to step out into the world and meet someone new. Maybe with a different background, environment, job, ethnicity, culture, or view as you, because the best thing we can do for ourselves is GROW… And we can’t do that staying stuck in our same bubble.

You might even find a spirit animal in the process!….
Love you all so much and thank you for bringing a piece of you to my life!
Now, have a good laugh at this video!

Christal Fuentes

about the author

Christal Fuentes

Christal is the Founder of The Ladies Coach. She lives and breathes her belief which is that you can’t find fulfillment in life without mastering the art of relationships.


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