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Is what we say what we mean ????
« on: May 21st, 2008, 9:49pm »
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We Aussies especially in the bush have a language of our own & are quite often not understood by them folks in the Big Smoke (City dwellers) even in our own country.
 
In another thread I posted an Aussie saying that required a little explanation as to its meaning & it prompted me to wonder just how people in other counties expressed themselves, so I’ve started this thread with some Ausie’isms & their meanings.
 
a bit more choke and you would have started - statement to somebody who has just farted loudly in public.
A over T - (arse over tit), fall heavily
all alone like a country dunny - without company; alone
 
been sucking lemons - sour faced
bee's dick - anything small or insignificant
bloody galah - silly person; fool
 
carpet grubs – children
chuck a leftie - turn left
 
dark as three feet up a cow's arsehole - extremely dark
dog's eye – pie
 
every bastard and his dog - the general public
ears flapping - listening with great interest
 
fair dinkum - genuine; true
flap your gums - talk a lot
 
 
give birth to a politician - to defecate
go like a shower of shit - with extreme speed
 
have a gander - have a look
haven't had this much fun since Granny got her tits caught in the wringer - alot of fun
 
Joe Blake - snake  
jumbuck - a sheep
 
kisser - the mouth  
knuckle sandwich - a punch in the mouth  
 
laughing gear - the mouth  
like a cut snake - extremely active  
 
make a proper galah of - make a complete fool of  
mate - friend; pal; buddy  
 

 
 
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« Reply #1 on: May 21st, 2008, 9:53pm »
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Oh, you will know what im talking about, bro......LOL  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: May 21st, 2008, 9:54pm »
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Is what we say what we mean ????

 
Yes.
 
 
 
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« Reply #3 on: May 21st, 2008, 9:55pm »
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Some of those were hilarious! I even knew about 50% of them. Between you and Helen, my vocabulary is grown tremendously. Grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 21st, 2008, 10:10pm »
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I like them - I will try to memorize them.
 
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« Reply #5 on: May 21st, 2008, 10:12pm »
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Barry, thanks for sharing that. I think your name is very cool also! cool2
 
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« Reply #6 on: May 21st, 2008, 10:39pm »
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Barry, thank you for that.
 
  Fair dinkum mate.
 
 
From California... I wish you good surf...and Kyabunga!
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« Reply #7 on: May 21st, 2008, 11:59pm »
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on May 21st, 2008, 10:39pm, Linda_Howell wrote:

Barry, thank you for that.
 
  Fair dinkum mate.
 
 
From California... I wish you good surf...and Kyabunga!  

You say Kyabunga, we say Kowabunga.
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« Reply #8 on: May 22nd, 2008, 12:13am »
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and you say potatoes and we say kelp.
 
   you say put another shrimp on the Bar-bee...and we say surfs up and where's my Martini.?
 
You talk about 'Joeys'....and we talk about Brad Pitts.
 
    Its just semantics my friend.   Only words... Wink
 
 
But then again I'm from the coast that matters.   GrinThe "Other" coast is full of their own sayings.
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on May 22nd, 2008, 12:13am, Linda_Howell wrote:
..you say put another shrimp on the Bar-bee...

Truth is, we don't say that at all.  It was used by Paul Hogan in an ad for the Australian Tourist Commission and we shrank in embarressment. You see, what others call a shrimp is known here as a prawn and we never put them on the barby, either. (Though we do now and they're terrific so at least some good came from it.)
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on May 22nd, 2008, 12:13am, Linda_Howell wrote:

 
But then again I'm from the coast that matters.   GrinThe "Other" coast is full of their own sayings.

That's what we on the west coast call tother siders, cept for Queenslanders who are a national icon in thier own state.
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Hmmm.
  All ya gotta do is hear someone from Boston(Baston) speak you and you'll know exactly what I am referring to.
 
All "Coasts" are not created equal.
 
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« Reply #12 on: May 22nd, 2008, 5:13am »
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You forgot one Barry.
 
He's a real Wambat.  Thankfully I have never been accused of being one Wink
 
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« Reply #13 on: May 22nd, 2008, 5:47am »
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So, shall I start teaching you guys Finnish one day soon...? Wink  
 
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« Reply #14 on: May 22nd, 2008, 7:21am »
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that was great barry!   I also knew a few, and as Jimi said, learned alot from you and helen..............i just love reading helen's posts! Plan on throwing some out at work today, just for "shits & giggles" ................
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would love 2 learn some Finnish, Sanna!!!!  
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« Reply #16 on: May 22nd, 2008, 7:39am »
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Great Barry.  
 
We all have our "language". Down here in Texas we talk "real" slow so everyone can "understand" what we "mean" and ya know, people still think we're retarded. Cheesy
 
Like when I'm really ticked at someone, I just hug their neck and say, "Well, bless your little heart honey." Now if they're from the North, they think I don't understand enough to be ticked off - BUT if they're from the south they know I just called them a slimy bastard/bitch.  Wink  
 
This thread is good -- we all need to learn new languages and maybe we could communicate better (still have my doubts about learning Californian but..... Grin - ok Linda I'm open game now Kiss Kiss )
 
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on May 22nd, 2008, 5:13am, Paul98 wrote:
You forgot one Barry.
 
He's a real Wambat.  Thankfully I have never been accused of being one Wink
 
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C'mon, Barry. You started this.
 
Explain the the real reason to our good friend Paul.
 
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on May 22nd, 2008, 7:58am, AussieBrian wrote:

C'mon, Barry. You started this.
 
Explain the the real reason to our good friend Paul.
 
Just remember that children read this site, too.

 
Well, I might be 1/2 Wombat; I eats...roots, but not leaves. Wink  You are lucky Helen laugh
 
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on May 22nd, 2008, 8:31am, Paul98 wrote:

 
Well, I might be 1/2 Wombat; I eats...roots, but not leaves. Wink  You are lucky Helen laugh
 
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Okay boys - which of you are going to tell him what a root is?! LMAO
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« Reply #20 on: May 22nd, 2008, 8:44am »
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I used to know an Aussie woman.
What happened to "gone beyond the black stump" (which I took to mean gone over the edge) and "Cooey Cobber" - which I believe is like hello???
 
Add Midwestern speak to the coastal speak and we'll confuse everyone.  The old-timers here add "aina" to the end of every sentence.  "Nice Day, aina?"  "Gonna eat that last brat, aina?"
 
Aina fills in alternately for "isn't it" and "ok".  A lot of sentence structure is weird because they structure their English as they would their original German or Polish.  
 
"Want to come with?" is a complete sentence here.  
"Throw the cow over the fence some hay once" quite literally means give the cow some hay.
 
And the ultimate "Wisconsin-speak" sentence I've ever heard:  "Come over by my house and whistle me out so my mother can see who I hang by."
 
Translation:  When you reach my house, whistle for me so my mother can meet you.
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« Reply #21 on: May 22nd, 2008, 9:34am »
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In a poem full of the polysemy of color words, red for going in the Sun, coupled with a flag that has black above and red below the horizon of the Sun, the symbolism of red would seem similar to speaker and spoken to.  Being the flag is Aboriginal though, we'll probably never know the true meaning of it.
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on May 22nd, 2008, 8:33am, LeLimey wrote:

 
 
Okay boys - which of you are going to tell him what a root is?! LMAO

 
I was using root as a verb!  Sheesh!!!
 
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I was using root as a verb!  Sheesh!!!
 
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« Reply #24 on: May 22nd, 2008, 10:48am »
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Thanks Barry. I leaarned a lot.  Cool  
 
I hate you because now you've got Helen chomping at the bit with her list. Can't wait.
 
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