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Topic: Australia or New Zealand (01/15/09)
TITLE: The Land Down Under
By c clemons
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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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