Special Sub-Topic: More Aussie Lingo
|If you're cooking up some 'bum nuts', what might your family soon have the pleasure of eating?|
Eggs. Just like 'cackle berries', 'bum nuts' are chook eggs!
|If you're out and about and spot a 'deadly treadly', what have you seen?|
A bicycle. Have you ever come a gutser off a bicycle, I have, and 'deadly treadly' is a 'bloody' good description - I 'buggered' my 'good' knee when my then five year old son rode in front of me and I went arse over t*t, off my bike!
|What are 'scungy dungs'?|
Underpants. Scungy dungs or scungy dungers - terrible sounding, but they're just underpants, well, specifically, mens underpants - get the picture?
|What does the phrase, 'what do you think this is, bush week' mean?|
A term of incredulity. The Macquarie Dictionary states that 'bush week' is, "a fictitious week when country people come to town", and, "circumstances in which unsuspecting people are imposed upon." I always ask my kids if they think it's 'bush week' when they ask for something that's way out of line - like a $400+ X-box for Christmas!
|If you're as 'mad as a cut snake' what are you?|
Very angry. You're very angry and upset, likely to 'lose your cool', 'spit the dummy' or even 'chuck a wobbly'! Can also mean crazy 'as a loon'!
|If I said I didn't like your 'clobber', what would I be criticising?|
Your clothes. The Macquarie Dictionary states, 'clobber' - "clothes or gear, Sunday clobber" - 19th century British slang, origin unknown.
|If you're a 'cacky hander', what are you?|
A left handed person. Just like a 'goofy footer ', which is a lefty surfer, a 'cacky hander' is a left handed person. Hey, give them a break, statistically speaking they don't live as long as the rest of us!
|What is a 'dead marine'?|
An empty beer bottle. After a party or a big night on the 'grog' you're going to have a squillion 'dead marines' to dispose of.
|'I'll fix the Jack and Jill', means what?|
I'll pay the bill. Usually in a restaurant, you state you'll pay the bill for the meal.
|If someone says you're 'a long drink of water', what are you?|
Very tall. Just like 'you'd have to run around the shower to get wet' meaning you're as skinny as, 'a long drink of water' means you're very tall!
|What's a 'shemozzle'?|
A mess. From the yiddish, shlim mazel - a person who always has bad luck. A 'shemozzle' is a colloquial term for a confused state of affairs, a muddle, a mess, an uproar, a row !
|If you're 'a sick puppy' what are you?|
You're depraved. To be 'a sick puppy' is to be a very depraved, 'sick' person!
|If you're called a 'scrubber', what does it mean?|
You're an ugly, rough, or immoral girl. A derogatory term for an ugly or unkempt girl or woman, or a girl/woman with 'loose' morals or 'rough' behaviour, where I am from.
|What is 'schoolies' week'?|
A week's holiday at the end of studies. A week or so of holidays for, specifically, Year 12 students, usually at Surfers Paradise, Queensland, or some other place in the sun, taken after their final exams - my eldest is experiencing 'schoolies' weel' in 2002!
|What was a 'six o'clock swill'?|
Hectic beer drinking session. Formerly in New South Wales, specifically, this was a hectic session of buying and drinking beers by men in pubs near to closing time, which from 1916 to 1955 was, for many hotels, 6 pm.
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