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Old 12-25-2007, 03:41 PM   #21
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Perverse reversals As writer, poet and member of the modernist literary and artistic movement the Angry Penguins, Max Harris points out in his book The Australian Way with Words , 'one of the Australian ratbag traditions is to take a word and perversely use it as the opposite of its intended meaning.' A well-known illustration of this is the word 'bluey', a nickname for someone with red hair.
Yep - what you say is correct. A Bluey can also be a swag (rolled up blanket) that a swaggie or swagman (itinerant drifter) might carry.

Aussies soak up huge amounts of American culture per the TV but we still have our own quirky jargon. For example, to be "flat out" means to be extremely busy.

To be really really busy, you would be "flat out like a lizard drinking."



Actually. most Americans who visit here really struggle with our universal greeting. "G'day" Pronounced "Gidday" with all of the emphasis on the "day". It is short for "Good day" of course and most Americans want to say "Good Day" but you will never ever be at home here until you can say it like we do.

When you get it right, you will be "ripper", viz very good.

BTW, these are common everyday expressions that every Aussie will identify with.
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Right after college I meet to chemist from Australia, it took me a while to figure out they were pharmacist.

So in the US pharmacist work at drug stores and in Australia chemist work at pharmacy, and of course you know that fags have completely different meanings.

I agree our tipping system is annoying. It seems me that when I was in Australia I left tips at restaurants but no place else. Did I screw up?
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A further question, please ... Do you call all of your places that sell medicines, "drug stores" or are some called pharmacies or something else?
Sweetlips....

A 'drug store' is a store that basically sells prescriptions drugs... that is it's primary business... a pharmacy... yes, they do sell other items including non-prescription drugs and other toiletries and some food and such... but drugs is the reason they exist...

However, you can buy prescription drugs at Wal-Mart, grocery stores etc... but they primarily sell something else and drugs are just a small part of their sales.. they exist to sell other items, but do sell drugs..
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hmmmm mostly what I heard when I was in London was...

GiDAY Mate....
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Right after college I meet to chemist from Australia, it took me a while to figure out they were pharmacist.
Yep - that is right.


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of course you know that fags have completely different meanings.

Yes - most of us would understand the question, "Do you have any fags?" to mean, "Do you have any cigarettes?" However, we do understand the word "faggot" and the derivative of "fag" from it in the sense that you guys use it.


BTW, what you guys call "flip flops", we call "thongs". I''ll bet that confuses a few Americans when they visit here.



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when I was in Australia I left tips at restaurants but no place else. Did I screw up?

Mate, most Aussies would not have even left tips at the restaurants. A lot of us do get sucked into doing so at some of the better restaurants simply because we have seen so many movies showing the Americans doing it and restaurant staff will never say "no" to the tips and are probably so used to getting them from Americans that they might expect same but minimum wage rates in Australia are such that no one needs tips to live well. Besides, we are all equal here so who appreciates hand-outs?


When the garbage collectors used to run inside your yard to collect the garbage from the back of the house , it was customary to leave a bottle of beer for them at Christmas time but these days, we all put our wheelie bins on the footpath (sidewalk) for the big mechanised truck to lift them and dump the garbage into the compacting gizmo on the back of the truck so the need to say thanks to the collectors for doing unpleasant work has gone.

School kids will in most cases give their teachers a modest gift at the end of the school year (the week before Christmas when the schools close for six weeks during our summer) but as for giving tips and gifts to hairdressers, and anyone else on the planet .... ya gotta be kidding!



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hmmmm mostly what I heard when I was in London was...

GiDAY Mate....

Absolutely! "Mateship", the support of one another and on which so much of Aussie folklore and wartime experiences are themed, is a huge part of the Aussie spirit/culture/myth. Our last prime minister referred to Aussie mateship often in his speeches.


Of course, "Mate" is also a handy and inoffensive sobriquet when you cannot remember or do not know the other bloke's name.


Americans usually want to put the "i" in as you have written it and when they say it it sounds like "gid-day". Forget the 'i" - it barely exists in the saying of "G'day"
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BTW, what you guys call "flip flops", we call "thongs". I''ll bet that confuses a few Americans when they visit here.
They are also call thongs in mainland US . In Hawaii, where everybody wears them year round, they are called slippers. Calling them flip flops or thongs, will instantly label you as Malihini.
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They are also call thongs in mainland US .

Ah thanks. I did not know that.
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BTW, if anyone is wondering why a 57 year old Aussie man calls himself "Sweetlip" in these sites, it is because when I first bought my boat a few years ago, the first fish that I caught on it was a Grass Sweetlip.

Fish note - Grass Sweetlip (Lethrinus laticaudis)

...and having once been a sales manager, sweetlip does not seem all that inappropriate as a web name.
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Just curious as to whether one would be better off as a tipped employee working in the United States. I suspect it would be higher pay.
That all depends. If you work in a nice establishment that has expensive items then yes it can be very lucrative. If you work in a dive or someplace that is not busy then you'll likely starve. When I worked a short while at a casino I was talking with one of the cocktail waitresses. She was saying she cleared over $500 per night on Friday and Saturdays in tips. The rest of the week wasn't so good as she only cleared $50-$100 per night in tips. She only made, I think, $2.30-$3.30 per hour though.
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Do people starve to death in the United States ?
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Do people starve to death in Australia?
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She only made, I think, $2.30-$3.30 per hour though.


Gee whizz! Without tips, at those wage levels, people would be emigrating to Mexico.
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Let's see, what do people die of in Australia?....

Shark attacks - yes
Crocodile attacks - yes
Taipan (snake) attacks - yes
Funnel Web spider attacks - yes
Stingray attacks - occasionally
Lack of water when lost in the deserts - yes
Box Jellyfish attacks - yes
Stonefish spikes - yes
Redback spider bites - sometimes
Gunshot - getting rarer
Drowning in the surf - yes (especially tourists, Japanese in particular)
Death Adder attacks - yes
Cassowary attacks - occasionally
Car accidents - yes
Poor treatment at public hospitals by foreign trained doctors - yes
Suicide - yes
Drunkenness - yes
Stillbirths - yes
Heart attacks - yes
Asbestosis - yes
Skin Cancer - yes - highest rates in the world
Breast cancer - yes
Lung Cancer - yes
Prostate Cancer - yes
Other cancers - yes
Diabetes - yes
Various other diseases - yes
War injuries - yes
Old age - yes

Starvation? - can't say that I have heard of any.


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Starvation? - nah - that is the least of our worries.
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I'm not sure, but some (OK, at least one) dies from a tiger attack. Investigators probe killer tiger's escape at zoo - CNN.com
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Yes but only if they get lost in the bush.
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ausaus24, to attempt to answer your US starvation question I'd suggest you try using Google or other search engines. I rarely hear of starvation deaths other than an occasional criminal offense where someone starves a child or elderly person. I don't think you'll find starvation listed among the statistics when it comes to cause of death in the US.

Obesity on the other hand, is a huge problem (no pun intended ).
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I woke up this morning and began to read the posts. I was surprised to find the post ascribed to me here. I can say that it was written by the Ghost of Future Christmasses. (You can tell that I didn't write it because it was funny, accurate and long.) The tone of the post may happen in the future but it doesn't have to happen if we decide to take full advantage of and enjoy our early retirement. Take it as a warning.

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A lady walks into a drug store and tells the pharmacist she needs some cyanide. The pharmacist said, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?"
The lady then explained she needed it to poison her husband. The pharmacist's eyes got big and he said, "Lord, have mercy -- I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband! That's against the law!
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bad things will happen! Absolutely not, you can NOT have any cyanide!" The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.
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Do people starve to death in Australia?

Ahhhh... yes for both....

And the US lead the WORLD in death by volcanic eruption at 3 in 2004...

Fortunately we are not on the list of deaths with Acne...

Opps... tied for first due to bite by rat at 1

Heck, we lead the world again with death by dental caries (cavities) at 5..

Here is a shocker.... lead the world again in deaths from fall from bed at 450...


FINALLY.... I FOUND IT.... Lack of food...


US lead the world at 120... Australia had 4....

this does not include the African or Asian countries as they don't report on them.... and some countries do not even list them this way...


Take a look at your leasure....

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This thread brought a tear to my eye.

We spent 1978 in Inverloch Victoria Australia when I taught at Wonthaggi Technical school.

Australia is one of the best countries in the world, equal to Canada.

I loved the beaches and the friendly people.

Do you still "root" for the home team?
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