I liked that site, Brissie. Here's a story I spotted on South Africa's Independent Online re. the same thing:
Strewth, it's Strine online, mate
July 18 2000 at 08:19AM
By Brian Williams
Sydney - With the approach of the Sydney Olympics setting off a rise in national fervour, Australians are once again up in arms about the threat to their own way of speaking the queen's English.
Sydney newspapers have been full of letters from readers moaning how people now say "chicken" instead of "chook", threaten to beat people up with a baseball bat instead of a cricket bat and who have no idea of what of a "rat's coffin" is.
"The angst about American English is a common and cherished annoyance in Australia," said an article in the Sydney Morning Herald.
A letter to the Herald was even more direct.
"Stuff the chicken, Long live the chook," wrote Bob Dalrymple.
For those about to head to Australia for the September 15 to October 1 Games, or the hundreds of millions of television viewers, the following is a brief guide to key Australian slang words and phrases.
A is for
- the term Australians and foreigners use to describe the people down under
B is for
- meaning in the middle of nowhere
- term for residents of tropical Queensland which once had a reputation for backwardness. Supposedly the only skill of Queenslanders was to put the bend in a banana.
- Australia's version of Bigfoot
- anywhere away from the city in Australia's vast countryside
C is for
- popular rhyming slang connected with the English explorer who discovered Sydney. "Take a Captain Cook" means "take a look"
- vomit, or as it is also known in Australia, a technicolour yawn
- a bush signal that you are lost
D is for
dinkum, fair dinkum, dinky di
- they all mean the same - honest, genuine, truthful, the real thing
don't come the raw prawn
- don't try to fool me
- an unintelligent and worthless person
E is for
- to talk nonstop
F is for
- give someone a break, a fair hearing
fair crack of the whip
- fair go
G is for
- a noisy parrot and used to describe someone who is noisy and makes no sense
- traditional Australian greeting
H is for
- a hooligan
I is for
- ice cream on a stick
J is for
K is for
- a punch delivered without warning
L is for
- a show-off
- a ruffian
- sponge cake covered in chocolate icing and coconut
M is for
- the word you'll hear most in Australia. Can refer to men and women.
- term used by Queenslanders to describe other Australians who head north to take advantage in retirement of the state's all-year warm weather
N is for
- the remotest part of the countryside
O is for
- a boorish Australian
one-eyed trouser snake
- remote part of the bush
- Term for Australia
P is for
point percy at the porcelain
- English person
- gang of larrikins or ruffians
Q is for
- style of tropical home
R is for
- a meat pie. Don't worry there is no rat meat in them
S is for
- Australian for woman
- Australian slang
T is for
- someone unable to hold their drink
- Australian gambling game played with coins
U is for
- a bakkie (South African slang for a small pick-up truck
V is for
- sandwich spread similar to Marmite
W is for
- Aboriginal term meaning to wander
X is for
- Four X, a popular Australian beer
Y is for
- uncouth and aggressive person
Z is for
- a five-cent coin - Reuters
Knew most of these from watching "Neighbours" and "Home & Away" (when I was younger, OK
). Also the differences in pronouciation : Aussies say a-pre-see-ate, whereas South Africans say a-pre-she-ate; also, it's pro-ject over there, but proj-ect here.
I've got several friends from Cape Town who are now living in Sydney, and they all love it there. Guess if I ever decide to join them, some of this will come in handy !!
Cape Town, RSA