TikTokers Are Mocking Australian Accents With This Single Trending Word

Mustafa Gatollari - Author

Nov. 19 2021, Published 11:35 a.m. ET

Source: TikTok/@tiffanykrylov

If you're fascinated with accents, then there's probably a good chance you've visited the International Dialects of English Archive, where there are recordings of folks speaking English with various accents from around the world. They are asked to talk a little bit about themselves after reading a paragraph loaded with words specifically chosen to give the listener a chance to hear key vocal indicators.

And it's this principle, believe it or not, that's at the core of a question many TikTok users have: What does "naur" mean?

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What does "naur" mean on TikTok?

It's a light-hearted jab at the Australian accent. There are a number of TikTokers who have pointed out the fact that the simple, monosyllabic word "no" sounds very different when people from Australia say it.

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Source: TikTok/@omg.itstimmyt
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As user @tiffanykrylov says, it's almost a two-syllable word that's a combination of "no" and "nah" and "aauurrr." That last one really isn't a word, but that's the accent for you.

Have a listen below to see exactly what she's talking about.

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After this pronunciation went viral, a number of TikTokers opted to write "naur" as a little joke in comments, which is a little head nod to this meme trend. And it's growing in popularity. In fact, videos posted with the #naur hashtag have received more than 9.7 million likes.

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Source: TikTok @thehottestmanever
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What's more is that the word is being used in captions by folks who aren't even necessarily talking about the Australian dialect, like user @thehottestmanever, who doesn't seem to appreciate the home button size in a new app update.

Heck, even E! entertainment television is getting in on the fun and posted clips of a doctor on Botched talking about their favorite Australian words.

And wouldn't you know it? The doc's most beloved phrase in the Australian vernacular is "No!" Personally, I love it when Australians say "razor blades" because it just sounds like an American saying, "Rise up lights."

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Source: TikTok | @eonlineau

It appears that "naur" is actually taking on a new definition now that goes further than a typical "no."

There are plenty of wonderful moments to implement "naur," which can now be used to express just how much you want to say "no" to a situation. In fact, it's starting to look like "naur" is being used as an extreme version of the word "no."

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Source: TikTok | @slayorswifts

So for example, if someone comes up to you and asks if the live-action Cowboy Bebop manages to capture the vibe of the wonderful anime, you would probably respond with a resounding "Naur!"

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Or maybe you just want to post a meme version of the pledge of allegiance, you can implement the now meme-worthy "naur" as a means of packing in as many references as possible.

But the real question now is: How do Aussies feel about the way folks make fun of the way they say "no"?

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Source: TikTok | @twotreehill

If the @twotreehill account is any indication, it seems like a lot of folks from Ozzy land are taking it in stride.

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