Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A comment from a coworker

A comment from a coworker:

As you all know, I am an “Aussie” and the take on English “down under” is somewhat unique. Firstly, we love to abbreviate words: “arvo” is afternoon, “baccy” is tobacco, “barbie” is a barbeque, “chewy” is chewing gum, “chockie” is chocolate, “lippie” is lipstick, “mushies” are mushrooms, “mozzies” are mosquitoes and “sunnies” are sunglasses. A “spud” is a potato, a “chook” is a chicken and feet are “clod hoppers”.

Down under, water is known as “Adam’s ale”, beer is “liquid amber” and milk is “moo juice”. A bastard is a term of endearment and a “happy little Vegemite” describes those who have eaten their weight in concentrated yeast extract. A “drongo”, “dingbat”, “derro” or “dingaling” refers to an individual lacking in intelligence, or possible a ready supply of Vegemite. Collectively, they are a “few Kangaroos loose in the top paddock” or a “picnic short of a sandwich”.

Some Australians will “earbash” you by talking incessantly to the point of boredom or irritation, while others are “stickybeaks”, in that they are interested in matters that do not concern them (do you know anybody like that?). On occasion, these individuals might “chuck a spaz” or “spit the dummy”, which translates as losing one’s temper. To be generally argumentative is to be “argy bargy” and to be aggressive is to be “agro”.

Australians love using infixes, for example, “abso-bloody-lutely”, “fan-bloody-tastic”, “un-bloody-believable” (“Bloody” does not refer to a free flowing sanguine from the body, it simply means “really”). I “dunno” (don’t know) why, but it is very commonly used.

Well, I am “knackered”, so I will stop “mucking around”, “call it a day” and get some “shut eye”… “any tick of the clock” (I am tired, I will stop wasting time, finish work and get some sleep…any minute now).



At 3/17/2010 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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