What many of us (Americans) believe to be a popular greeting in Australia. Many people get this idea from the media, which makes it seems like every time you see an Australian person they will say this.
I spent 2 weeks there and didn't here that ONCE!
Yes, they say mate and an occasional g'day but I never heard them together.
It's more of a stereotype than anything else.
American (sees Australian, wants to make it look like
Americans know anything about other cultures): G'day Mate!
Australian: Wtf? Oh, hello.
American: I thought all Australians say that.
Australian: Nope, almost none of us do.
American (feels like an idiot): Bye then.
Australian (thinks, what an idiot): Bye.
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