Budgie Smugglers is an Australian slang term for men's tight-fitting Speedo-style swimmers. The 'lump in the front' apparently resembles a budgie when it is stuffed down the front of someone's shorts.
Aussie men have been strutting the beaches in Speedos since Scottish migrant Alexander MacRae introduced them at Bondi in 1914.
The brand has now become so popular it is now often used generically to describe swimming briefs. But the swimwear is also regularly the butt of jokes, ridiculed with names including "budgie smugglers".
Budgie Smugglers became such a popular term that an innovative Australian company now markets the skimpy men's swimwear with 'Budgy Smuggler' emblazoned on them. You can even get a pair of budgy smugglers with swimmers depicting your favourite NRL footy team. Check out the site here: https://budgysmuggler.com.au/
In discussing his film "Revolver" on BBC's Radio 5Live, Guy Ritchie said that Ray Liotta's 'Mr. Macha' character, who parades around wearing only budgie smugglers for much of the film - was...
'...an impressive sight'
CALLS TO BAN THE BUDGIE SMUGGLER
Hmmm, it appears that even though budgie smugglers are still popular among Aussie swimmers and beach-goers, there is still a lot of opposition to our iconic swimwear. Take for instance...
- France may have banned the burqa, Islamic State has burrowed under the combat-chic attire of its subjects to outlaw the budgie-smuggler and boxer shorts.
- Alton Towers attracted more than three million visitors last year and is one of the most popular water parks in Europe. The water park said the tiny male swimwear was inappropriate for a family venue and insisted men wear boardshorts instead of budgie smugglers.
While I generally leave calls for the banning of particular pieces of clothing to the red necks and racists with a vendetta against various forms of religious headwear, recent happenings have led me to jump on the bandwagon. But it’s not burqas that I have beef with. Nor is it niqabs that get up my nostrils. And hijabs are definitely not haram in my conservative little corner of the world. Rather, I would like to see a nationwide ban slapped on the precocious slither of lycra that has seen far too much time in the sun, so to speak particularly, of late. I am, of course, talking about budgie smugglers.
BUDGIE SMUGGLERS MAKES IT INTO THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY
The mere mention of "budgie smugglers" can evoke shudders in some, but the Oxford English Dictionary has given the term its official tick of approval.
They have been affectionately referred to as budgie smugglers by Australians since the 1990s.
But now the slang has been officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary as part of their June update.
The official definition has been given as "men's brief, tight-fitting swimming trunks".
And in a blog post announcing the update, senior assistant editor Jonathan Dent used another newly added phrase — wedding tackle — to politely describe the meaning behind the term.
"You can take a dip, once you've pulled on your budgie smugglers ... so called because of the all-too noticeable appearance of a gentleman's wedding tackle when wearing them," he wrote.
FORMER AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER & THE CASE OF THE SMUGGLED BUDGIE
Famously worn by former prime minister Tony Abbott, the male swimming trunks famed for leaving nothing to the imagination are a common fixture on our country's sandy beaches.
They've been a source of amusement for some — and horror for others — but, recently, Tony Abbott’s famed budgie smugglers made a heroic effort for charity.
A signed pair of the former prime minister’s famed red swimmers were up for silent auction at a black-tie corporate dinner raising funds for children’s hospice Bear Cottage.
And by 11pm, the highest bid for Australia’s most famous swimmers had hit ... $500.
Current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull even complimented Mr Abbott on how he looked in a swimming costume (albeit with a cautionary comment).
"I have worn budgie-smugglers but I think it's something politicians should be careful about," he said. "Unless they're incredibly fit and athletic like Mr Abbott - he's a super athlete, he looks pretty good when he's out and about in his budgie-smugglers but I prefer to be fully clad when I'm in the public eye."
At the press club, Tony Abbott gives a national speech discussing the size of his manhood and his choice of Budgie Smuggling attire at the beach.