I've become aware that our use of the english language, Aussie style, is sometimes disconcerting to those who are not Australian, have never lived here, or know of our unique way with words.
On more than one occasion I've had to explain to moderators just what a particular word means or that the use of a particular word,- here in Oz, - is not derogatory or "bad". On the contrary, we here in Oz speak plainly and sometimes bluntly. But.... that is how we are. Never any intent to insult or offend others. Just our everyday, common language.
One example is the word; bugger. It's a word used in such context as;
Oh bugger off! = Get lost
I'm buggared = I'm tired
Bugger that! = No way!
Just to quote a few.
Since part of each persons purpose on planet earth is to help educate others, I hope this brief lesson in Australian language, serves to enlighten others who are unaware of our unique language, and might serve as encouragement for further personal research for knowledge and understanding of same.
My fellow Aussies, please feel free to add to the list! Let's educate and hopefully, remove any misunderstandings and potential for offence being taken by others here on allnurses. We're a unique mob here in Oz, and we need to help others come to know more of our ways! Including how we speak!