We have arrived in Oz. Simone and her friend, Georgia, welcomed us by taking us for dinner and drinks. Sweet as! This is actually a Kiwi term, meaning something like “Right on!”
The first time I heard the slang phrase back in New Zealand, I thought the guy who I’d asked for directions was saying “sweet ass.” I was like, “Thank you very much.” It wasn’t until later when a girl directed the same phrase at me that I asked for clarification. “Excuse me, but what did you say?”
“Sweet as!,” she repeated.
“Um, could you spell that?” She looked at me like I was nuts before obliging. Man, here I was thinking all the Kiwis thought I had a sweet ass. Oh well—at least it’s easy enough to blame misunderstandings on cultural barriers. I better enjoy it while it lasts, because this excuse definitely won’t fly when I’m back home.