Aussie-isms - page 8

by Grace Oz 8,640 Views | 79 Comments

Ok, I'll start a thread too! :cool: In an effort to help our non -Aussies understand our lingo, I'll start a thread on our slang words and / or words that are parculiar, common, here in Aust. So everybody, get onboard & add... Read More


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    Quote from nyapa
    omg, things we say!
    question though - i recognise all of these. how many do we use in real life; are we starting to lose them?
    i know language is a living thing, but it is sad to see that we are losing our own colourful individualism...

    well, i use them all the time! as often as possible. i'm determined that our unique aussie language not be lost!
    it really p's me off seeing the erosion of our wonderful language in favour of what is becoming, more and more, the americanisation of our way of speaking and even spelling.

    i love america and my american mates, but this is australia!

    take gaol for example. i've not seen gaol written this way in a long long time now. the media are spelling it the american way --- jail! :angryfire

    heard the word "hood" used in an ad for a car the other day instead of "bonnet!" :angryfire

    makes me sooooo annoyed and disgusted with the media and anyone
    who dares to alter our uniqueness with words and language.

    sadly, because we see less and less aussie or british, ( and we are more colsely related to and a product of britian and her language and traditions than any other country), shows on our tv in favour of predominately american shows, our young people are strongly influenced by what they see and hear on those shows.

    also, the young, mistakenly, think it's "cool" to speak using the terminology they hear on those shows. not cool!

    the irony of it all is; our american mates just love to hear us speak and they love our unique language!

    even the brits are hooked on our exported tv soaps! god knows why, but they love "neigbours!" :d

    i'm reading a book by di morrissey; "kimberley sun." i'm just loving it! the very australian-ness of it all! i've just completed her first in a series; "tears of the moon". absolutely loved that also. not only is the stories set in australia, she writes in true blue australian language.

    no! not "blue" language! true blue! :d

    yep, i love my sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, i love her far horizions, i love her jewel sea, but don't expect a language change from little old aussie me!
    Last edit by Grace Oz on Mar 11, '08
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    I so agree Grace.

    My kids all ask for cookies now.

    I just tell them that we don't have any cookies, but have biscuits if they want some......grrrr that is my pet hate
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    Tina, just refuse them a biscuit until they request it as such! lol
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    I get annoyed with how spelling is taught these days too Grace. 'Program' for 'Programme', for example.
    Jeez, I'm pedantic!!!
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    I'm so glad I found this thread. hahahaha
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    CRIKEY!
    I'd forgotten about this thread!
    It's like me - old! lol

    Glad you found it, julianne, and have enjoyed reading it!

    WELCOME to the world of OZ!
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    LOL, I just saw someone mention Woop Woop early on in this thread, and had to share that I have been in Oz for 2 1/2 years now, and about 6 months ago I finally asked my partner where Woop Woop was :P lol I thought that whole time that it was a real place! hahaha
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    Gawd, strike me up a wattle tree, Grace. I am an Orstrylyan and cannot undercustumble some of these sayings.
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    Quote from SarahRN1987
    LOL, I just saw someone mention Woop Woop early on in this thread, and had to share that I have been in Oz for 2 1/2 years now, and about 6 months ago I finally asked my partner where Woop Woop was :P lol I thought that whole time that it was a real place! hahaha
    well seeing that Wagga Wagga is a real place not too much of an assumption!
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    WELCOME to AN!

    Hope you join in the forums often and contribute to the discussions.


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