Your AIP Mentor Dictionary

Welcome to my AIP Mentor Dictionary! Especially for those moments when you may be a smidge flummoxed by my words.

It is fair to say Australians and New Zealanders speak a different kind of English to the rest of the world. We have lots of slang. And we speak quickly. And, I am a Kiwi (read: New Zealander) who has lived in Australia for 20 years. That means I’m doubling down on my funny speech patterns!

I know that can be a little confusing for you lot up there in the north on occasion.

So today, for something a little different, I thought I’d give you a bit of a dictionary of Jo-isms. Words or phrases that I use. A reference point, if you like; for when I say something that has you scratching your head.

It is true that I am a lover of words. I like playing with them. And, I also live with someone who enjoys playing with language. But I freely acknowledge that using words that you may not understand might be considered unhelpful, or even rude.

I seek to remedy this! Today!

And to ensure I didn’t forget any expressions, I checked in with my AIP Mentorship crew for some suggestions from people who hear from me often and who know me well. They were very helpful. To be honest, I didn’t realise this list would be quite so long…

As with any good dictionary – your AIP Mentor dictionary is in alphabetical order

AIP (the Autoimmune Protocol)

If you’re REALLY new around here, the Autoimmune Protocol is the health framework upon which my coaching is based.

In simple terms, AIP is a 3-phased and nutrient-rich approach to implement diet and lifestyle changes for improved health.

AIP Mentor

Your experienced coach and trusted adviser in the Autoimmune Protocol; one who lives an AIP way of life alongside you.


Short for bachelor pad, “baches” (pronounced batches) are an iconic part of New Zealand and refer to family holiday homes. They are usually small and humble dwellings near beaches or lakes.

My parents have a bach a wee way out of Auckland. I can often be found spending the holidays there.

Bless your cotton socks

Used to express your affection for somebody because of something they have said or done. A phrase I use often on social media when I am touched by something someone has said.

Bloody fabulous (aka #bloodyfabulous)

An extreme degree of fabulousness. Apparently I use this expression with alarming frequency (hence the hashtag)

Box of fluffies (aka box of fluffy ducks)

From ‘a box of birds’; Used to express that everything is good.

This is a particularly Kiwi expression.

Brain fart

A temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly. Especially common when suffering from brain fog.

For me, brain farts typically occur when I am searching for an appropriate word.


A phrase used when something/anything goes wrong. A very common word in my neck of the woods.


Literally, to skip or dance about in a lively or playful way.

In the context of AIP Mentor-speak, an alternative to the word ‘journey’ when referring to the wider AIP experience. I’m not a fan of ‘journey’ and try not to use it!

e.g. “This AIP caper is a big beastie.”

Chief beaks

A spoonerism of beef cheeks (one of our favourite ways to eat beef at my place).


Literally, a play on the term ‘check-in’. When a New Zealander says, “check-in” it can sound suspiciously like they are saying, “chicken”!

Most Friday mornings, you will catch me live on my Joanna Frankham Coaching Facebook page for a Friday Sunrise ‘Chicken’. It’s an opportunity to connect with AIPers from around the world, watch the sunrise by the beach here in Sydney, and chat about different aspects of the Autoimmune Protocol.

I’d love you to join us!


Grease is a portmanteau of the words GRACE and EASE.

I like to set a daily intention. It helps me get my head in the right space for the day ahead. GREASE has become a favourite. You might even say #greaseistheword.


Literally, extremely easy to use.

One of my ongoing goals is to share tools and strategies to help you idiot-proof your Autoimmune Protocol so that it is more easily integrated into your daily life.


I hail from Auckland in New Zealand. As does about one-third of the population. That makes me just another Effing Aucklander.


Loiter in a bored or listless manner; without purpose.

e.g. “I have no plans for the weekend. I’m just going to mooch.”


Incompetent idiot. No more words required!

No worries (also; no wuckers)

An expression of forgiveness or reassurance

Synonym: No problem; forget about it; I can do it; Count me in

O for OARsome

A lot like awesome, but better!

First coined when New Zealand boxer, David Tua, appeared on the television show ‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’ and asked for a vowel: “I’d like an O for oarsome.”

One of my favourites.

Possum (not to be confused with Opossum)

A term of endearment.

And, if you didn’t already know: possums and opossums are different animals. Opossums live in North America, while possums live in Australia and were introduced into New Zealand. Both animals are marsupials, but possums are more closely related to kangaroos. In Australia, they are a protected species. In New Zealand, they are considered vermin.


Used as a euphemism for ‘sh*t’ in various senses and phrases. Because I can’t say “sh*t in polite company. Or on the internet.

Shizzle happens.

Shizzle Shoveller

A term coined by my friend and former business partner (the lovely Emma) for the tractor that often features in my Friday Sunrise ‘Chickens’ as it rakes the sand on the beach.


A small amount of something.


An unspecified aggregate of matter; A matter to be considered; A group or scattering of miscellaneous things
In the context of AIP Mentor-speak, your health ‘stuff’ is all of the physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms you carry.

Sparrow’s fart

A time very early in the day; dawn.

That will rip your nightie!

In response to something unpleasant or bad happening.

Tiki tour

To go on a journey with no destination in mind, or to take the long way to reach a destination.

Wop-wops (In Australia, Woop Woop)

Known elsewhere as the backblocks or the boonies, it refers to a place in the middle of nowhere.

For example, “He lives in the wop wops”.

Do let me know what you think…

Have I left any expressions out? Do you need further clarification?

Please drop a comment below with your thoughts.

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