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Gogglebox extra – What you didn’t see this week on TV: Can you make up your own slang?

While we all use slang words in our everyday vocabulary, this week the Goggleboxers express their own, unique abbreviations - with a varied result.

As Australians, we love to use a bit of slang - it's basically part of our formal langauge. Arvo, avo, bottl-o... But as slang is formed as part of a culture, can you still make up your own and hope it catches on?

On this week's episode, some of the Goggleboxers gave it a go. 

In Melbourne, Adam tried to get 'winter shorts' going, plainly referring to him wearing jeans in winter. 

But like us, Symon didn't see it as groundbreaking, and had a few questions. "But you're not wearing shorts," he stated. "Yeah but these, are my winter shorts. That's what you call pants - your winter shorts," Adam repeats.

Still stunned, Symon isn't sold: "Does anyone do that? I don't think anyone does that."

While Adam initially says that heaps of people do, he eventually comes clean and puts forward a proposition: "Why can't I be the first?" Good luck with that.

And Symon isn't the only one with questions. At Mick and Di's, the former model can't understand why 'ratbag' ever came about.

"What a frightful expression! Where did that come from? A bag of rats," she says with a look of distaste.

At the Dalton's, Kate asks her family whether they'll miss her when she goes to 'Bangers' and 'Honkers'. And when Millie asks if that's the correct slang for Bangkok and Hong Kong, Matt can't handle it. 

"Never heard that in my life!," he snaps.

Unfazed, Kate deals one back: "I'll have a honker and a banger." Righto, Kate!

In the home where slang flourishes, Keith asks Lee not to touch the 'clicker'. But when Lee tells her husband that the 'clicker' is in fact a remote control, Keith sticks to his guns. "It's called a clicker, Lee. Because it clicks when you do it. You go, 'click' and you watch something," he informs her. Can't argue with science. 

Watch Gogglebox Australia, Wednesdays, 7.30pm on LifeStyle or On Demand

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