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Aussie athlete confesses to using the word ‘handball’ at an international conference

Aussie woman reveals the ONE slang word she used at an international conference that was met with blank stares: ‘Do other places in the world not say this?’

  • Pole vaulter Amie Elizabeth, 26, has questioned Aussie lingo on TikTok
  • The young Australian attended a conference and used the word ‘handball’
  • She was met with blank stares by her colleagues who were from overseas
  • Amie wanted to understand if the term was only popularised Down Under 

A young Australian athlete has queried whether a particular phrase she uses is used by ‘Aussies only’ or whether it’s well-known beyond our island home.

Amie Elizabeth, 26, took to TikTok on Monday with her question after participating in a conference that saw her mingling with individuals from overseas.

‘Also the handball hand gesture is mandatory when saying this. What do other countries say to pass something off onto someone else if not to handball?’ She captioned her video.

Amie Elizabeth, 26, took to TikTok on Monday with her question after participating in a conference that saw her mingling with individuals from overseas

Amie went on to explain: ‘Is it an Australian thing to say that you’re going to “handball” something off to someone else? Do other places in the world say that or is it a footy thing?

‘Because I was speaking at a conference and I said “I’m going to handball that question off to someone else” and the international people looked at me like I had four eyes.’

Urban dictionary defines ‘handball’ as passing off work to another colleague or avoiding work altogether.

Her followers were quick to suggest the phrase is often associated with AFL – Australian Football League – because within the game players ‘handball’.

Her followers were quick to suggest the phrase is often associated with AFL - Australian Football League - because within the game players 'handball'

Her followers were quick to suggest the phrase is often associated with AFL – Australian Football League – because within the game players ‘handball’

'Also the handball hand gesture is mandatory when saying this. What do other countries say to pass something off onto someone else if not to handball?' She captioned her video

'I mean I do work in sport so at least it made sense to most,' Amie said

‘Also the handball hand gesture is mandatory when saying this. What do other countries say to pass something off onto someone else if not to handball?’ She captioned her video

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Is the term ‘handball’ for Australians only?

‘It’s not an Australian thing it’s a Melbourne thing. The rest couldn’t care,’ one explained, pointing to the fact AFL is hugely popular in Melbourne.

‘Yep, people in the UK don’t understand it either,’ said another.

But a third added: ‘I’ve never heard that, more like palm it off.’ 

Some of her fans tried to claim AFL was the only sport in the world that allowed players to handball but this was quickly quashed.

‘I mean I do work in sport so at least it made sense to most,’ Amie said. 

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