Thursday, October 25, 2012
I've been having fun with English this week -- mostly US and UK variants, and now it's time to have a look closer to home. Australian English is most closely related to UK English, but I think we've developed a unique turn of phrase. Combine that with an accent that doesn't bother much with that pesky annunciation stuff, and thinks that spaces between words are unnecessary, and you've got a version of English guaranteed to be misunderstood in most other corners of the world.
Sometimes, it may even be mistaken for its own language.
Here are a few phrases I picked up while eavesdropping at work these past few days. To me, these are totally normal but I'm hoping that some of them, out of context, might trip up the non-Aussies.
It wasn’t too exy, I got mates’ rates.
Did you call the ambos?
It’s somewhere out Woop Woop.
You’ve got Buckley’s.
They bogged the ute.
I’m on the bones of my arse this week.
They’re at the servo.
He went off like a frog in a sock.
Aussie English is fun, and you find it in some unexpected places. Once, in Istanbul, a shopkeeper greeted my brother-in-law:
"How's it going?" Mark said.
"Oh, mate," the man said, flipping straight into our vernacular, "I am flat out like a lizard drinking!"
He got the sale.
Have you got a common word or phrase in your English vernacular that might cause me to come a gutser? Figuratively speaking, of course.