A person with red hair.
This baby’s been officially added to the Australian Oxford Dictionary, joining the ranks of ‘bogan’ and ‘selfie’.
Random Urban Dictionary Definition
Someone who was born with gods greatest gift, red hair if they're lucky the will also have freckles and very very pale skin.
Person 1: "Wow dude look at that ranga."
Person 2: "That is the coolest thing i have ever seen it's made my day."
Here’s another theory…
Definition-of.com reckons the term came about from shortening the words “Red Kangaroo”. Interesting.
The Ranga habitat
Evidence suggests “Ranga” has two natural habitats – the footy field and the schoolyard. It began to appear in Aussie newspapers circa 2004 and went bananas a few years later... thanks to Jonah Takalua from Summer Heights High. Here’s a snippet:
Doug: How is it OK for you to bully Ben?
Jonah: ‘Cause he’s a Ranga.
Doug: A what?
Jonah: A Ranga sir. ‘Cause he’s got red hair. Orangutan, that’s what we call him.
(On behalf of all gingers, puck you dude.)
People who use the term are generally…
Your best mate, or primitive loser, or both. It all depends.
So… offensive or not?
The jury’s out on this one. If it makes you hot under the collar, you’re not alone. But as any proud ginger would know, our former PM announced on talkback radio that she was “happy to be a ranga icon.” And if the former head of state says it’s ok, who are we to disagree?
Rangas according to Google
RANGAS UNITE! It’s in the dictionary. It’s been endorsed by the former PM. We reckon Ranga is worth hanging on to.