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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Australia or New Zealand (01/15/09)

TITLE: The Land Down Under
By c clemons
01/19/09


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If you’re planning a trip down under
So that you won’t make a blunder
Better brush up on your slang
Here’s a guide to help you get the hang:


Sheila - is not just a proper name, in Aussie land it’s a whole new game. It’s used when referring to women or girls.

Chemist - if you are of in need of getting a prescription filled or just a need for over the counter type drugs, you might want to know the term for Pharmacy or Drugstore.

Lolly - a term meaning candy. I think I know where that was derived from.

Bonnet - refers to the hood of a car. That’s interesting isn’t it?

Boot - refers to the trunk of the car. I have not figured this one out

Lift - an elevator, makes sense doesn’t it?

Pictures - the movies, I like this one.

Knock - to be critical the same meaning wherever you are.

Barrack - to cheer

Holiday- vacation, or to go on vacation.

A very condensed version I am aware but my personal favorites are "No Worries Mate” and "G’Day”. The land down under has its problems just like any other country of that I am sure. Given its very colorful history of how it was first used as a penal colony, does not take away from the grandeur and beauty of Australia today.

I like the very friendly colloquialisms of Australia; most are upbeat and positive which seem to find the bright side of life. So to that I say “G’day mate and throw another shrimp on the barbie.”


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Myrna Noyes01/23/09
I enjoyed learning more about Australian slang. Some of it I'd heard before, but other words were new to me! I wish you'd expanded the list! Your poem at the beginning was cute! :)

I do think that the following passage does not fit with the theme of the rest of the piece, so would probably have left it out: "The land down under has its problems just like any other country of that I am sure. Given its very colorful history of how it was first used as a penal colony, does not take away from the grandeur and beauty of Australia today."

Blessings on your writing!
Karlene Jacobsen 01/23/09
I had fun reading and learning more about Aussie slang.