Monday, January 01, 2007

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As I start to prepare for my Australian Citizenship test some time in the future, this article is very helpful.

It made me realise how colourful the Australian language is. This portion of the article is very helpful for political bloggers in adding flourish to their posts.

From Reuters

In Australia you'll want to avoid a stoush, that's a fight but with the 'ou' pronounced as in 'ouch', with a larrikin or troublemaker, where you might suffer a Larry Dooley or a beating, derived in part from the name of a boxer famous a century ago.

And watch out for rorts, that's frauds or con tricks.

Unless of course it's only a furphy -- a rumor. This word is derived from World War One battlefields where rumours traveled with the carts bringing water to the soldiers in the trenches. The carts were made by the Australian company Furphy.


James Higham said...

Did Paul Keating invent the term "rort" or did he just speak of it?

The Periodic Englishman said...

A gift from a Scotsman in Ireland to a Scotsman in Australia.....

braw mauchit glaikit dreich crabbit laldy scunner drookit wabbit gallus bourach teuchter drouth stramash couthie birl thrawn wheesht eejit....

It's not too late to reconsider the Australian citizenship thing. And whilst the words I listed above came directly from a tea-towel sent to me by my mother this Christmas - I feel there's enough there to give you pause for thought.

I'm just saying.

Yours, a few roos loose in the top paddock,

The Periodic Englishman (ignore the moniker - it's a cricket thing)

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Periodic Englishman

Ye'er a scunner ye ken.
A dreich glaikit teuchter ejit
Do ye wanna stramash?

Other than that, I am not really doing too much to pursue Australian Citizenship. I am still somewhat sympathetic to the English Cricket Team. I made a joke in the post and James thought that I was almost at the altar. It is an option, but a few years yet I think. I lived in 'merica y'all for over 10 years and didn't turncoat.

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From the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the Australian National University

A fraudulent or dishonest act or practice (a tax rort). Also used as a verb (to rort the system). Rort comes from standard English rorty meaning ‘boisterous, jolly’, and, in the late nineteenth century, ‘coarse, of dubious propriety’. The second sense of rorty disappeared, but has been retained in the Australian rort. First recorded 1919.

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Yay. I'm a "dreich glaikit teuchter eejit". I really like that. And, gratifyingly, it is an almost exclusively accurate description of who and what I am - I've a little work to do on dreich, but apart from that.... beautiful.

Very nice to have found you here (I saw a comment you'd left at asadodo.com and followed you home) but NO, I do not want a stramash. At the merest hint of a stramash I will always walk away.

I don't do stramashes. No, sir. Incidentally, I clicked on James' name when I saw him here and well...the guy is prolific. Pure quality.

Before I get out of your hair, one thing. Would you mind if I used that thing you called me - A dreich glaikit teuchter ejit - as a kind of testimonial on the front page of my own blog? You know how some people have quotes about themselves on their front pages? Well I'd really like to use that.

I'm being serious (which is not normally the case, granted).

Happy New Year, Mr Campbell, I'm glad to have found your blog.

Kind regards etc

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