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What does cobber stand for?

What does cobber stand for?

If you're an Aussie, ya already know that "cobber" is just one of those ripper slang terms that we use all the time. But have ya ever wondered where it came from or why we use it so much? And if you're not from kangaroo land, ya came to the right place to discover. Let's take a squiz and find out!

The Cobber Connection

You know how we Aussies are - we're always on the up-and-up with our mates. And that's exactly what "cobber" means - it's just another word for a close friend, pal, comrade or companion. Just like you and us!

But did ya know that the term actually originated back in the gold rush days of the 1850s? Yeah, back then, miners would use the word "kapunda" to refer to a mate, which eventually turned into "cobber". Fair dinkum, we're full of surprises, aren't we?

Digging Deeper

But wait, there's more to its origin! During World War I, our diggers started using "cobber" as a term of endearment for their fellow soldiers. And before ya know it, the term had made its way into our everyday lingo in Australia. 

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It's just one of those things that we Aussies do - we take a word and make it our own. And "cobber" is a beaut example of that.


The Many Meanings of Cobber

Of course, "cobber" has a few different meanings depending on who you ask. In some parts of Australia, it's used to describe a drinking buddy - someone you share a cold one with down at the local. 

And in others, it's used to describe someone who's a bit of a larrikin - a cheeky bugger who's always up for a laugh. But no matter how ya use it, the definition of "cobber" is always linked to endearment.


Wrap It Up, Mate

So there ya have it - the true blue story behind "cobber". It might sound like just another slang to some, but to us Aussies, it's a part of who we are. 

It's a term that's been around for over 150 years, and it's not going anywhere. So next time you're out and about with your cobber, give 'em a pat on the back and raise a glass - because there's nothin' more Aussie than that. 


Cheers Cobber! Gift Your Mate with the Perfect Aussie T-Shirt

And if you're looking for the perfect way to show your cobber just how much you appreciate 'em, why not consider gifting them with a Nastee Shirt? 

Our "Cheers Cobber" t-shirt is a fair dinkum beaut way to celebrate your friendship and let your mate know just how much they mean to you. 

It's made from high-quality materials and comes in various sizes, so you will surely find the perfect fit. And let's face it, who wouldn't wanna wear a shirt that celebrates the best thing about being an Aussie - our mateship! 

So head on over and grab one for yourself and your cobber today. They'll love ya for it!


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