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Michael J. Douglas
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And with the Olympics just over....

It is the Olympic men's figure skating. Out comes the Russian competitor, he skates around to some classical music in a slightly dull costume, performs some excellent leaps but without any great artistic feel for the music.

The Judges' scores read: Britain 5.8: Russia 5.9: United States 5.5: Ireland 6.0

Next comes the American competitor in a sparkling stars and stripes costume, skating to some rock and roll music. He gets the crowd clapping, but is not technically as good as the Russian. He slightly misses landing a triple Salchow and loses the center during a spin. But, artistically, it is a more satisfying performance.

The Judges' scores read: Britain 5.8: Russia 5.5: United States 5.9: Ireland 6.0

Finally out comes the Irish competitor wearing a tatty old donkey jacket, with his skates tied over his wellies. He reaches the ice, trips straight away and bangs his nose which starts bleeding. He tries to get up, staggers a few paces then slips again. He spends his entire 'routine' getting up then falling over again. Finally he crawls off the ice a tattered and bleeding mess.

The Judges' scores read: Britain 0.0: Russia 0.0: United States 0.0: Ireland 6.0

The other 3 judges turn to the Irish judge and demand in unison, "How in the world can you give that mess 6.0?!"

To which the Irish judge replies "You've gotta remember, it's darn slippery out there."

When did this turn into Irish bashing? hehe
I'm of Irish and Scottish heritage and I don't drink. Somethin's wrong here....Smile
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I'm glad you changed the pace. I laughed so hard at the Australian lingo that I had to change my down-under-wear.

If anybody needs me, I'll be at Wallaby-Mart...


Regards,

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HAHAHAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

LOVE the jokes!!!

But, jjg just reminded me...

I'd LIKE to put a few names for naughty body parts on the forum ,as they had me splitting my sides and crying on the floor (it might have something to do with the silly illustration that went with the explanation... but, we'll stay above board.

Maggots.

Make a pavement pizza.

Spare me the violins.

Up the bum of a black chook looking for white feathers.

Wouldn't know if a tram was up him till the bell rang.

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Some of the lingo quoted in here is actually British slang or phrases: i.e., "her indoors", even though we use those terms, too. (Minder was a big hit in Oz)

There's a lot of rhyming slang in Oz due to the migration (forced!) of a lot of Londoners to Australia many moons ago. But we have a few of our own unique terms (Cark, drongo, etc).

Where we shine is in the simile and metaphor department, as Ellie and a few others have indicated:

"Wouldn't know the postman was up him until he blew the whistle"

"Drier than a pommies bath towel"

"A few kangaroos loose in his top paddock"

"Clack your dags"

"Easier than stealing wheat off a blind chook"

"Spear the..." Oh, skip that one.
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G'day,

Fair suck of the sauce bottle you blokes, Oh sorry and shellers.

Struth, I don't want to hear any Porkie Pies from any Snapper Heads.

To much of this and I will start getting my nickers in a knot.

Remember the yarns written on the dunny wall are to stay on dunny wall.

By golly, By jingo, By crikey theres more Kangaroo Boxing coming up!

WOW! all this slang creation is straining the old Trams & Trains.

Michael
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For the non-Australians out there who would like to speak Aussie, but don't have the time to learn all of our odd expressions, here's 'The Idiot's Guide to Talking Strine'.

One simple rule that will have you talking like an Aussie is to shorten a word and add "ie" to it.

That's why we Australians refer to ourselves as "Aussie"

Barbecues = Barbies

Alcoholics = Alkies

Kindergarten = Kindie

Relatives = Rellies

Cardigan = Cardie

Cigarette = Ciggie

Chewing Gum = Chewie


This is a simple rule and works with many words, but be careful, it doesn't work with all. There's no rhyme nor reason behind it, but some words simply don't work with "ie", you have to use "o" instead.

Garbologists are not Garbies but Garbos

Registration is not Regie but Rego

Smoking Break is not Smokie but Smoko

A Lesbian is not a Lessie but a Lesso


These are the finer points of our beautiful language, difficult to teach, in fact some say you need to be born here to speak it correctly.


There are also a few embarrassing mistakes made by American visitors to our shores that you need to be aware of.

* I've already told you about "Fannie" - in Australia, that is not a bottom.
* It's alright to refer to "a pack of fags" - in Australia it's nothing more than a packet of cigarettes.
* We wear "thongs" on our feet.
* It's okay to ask for a "little boy" at a party - all you'll get is a cocktail sausage or a "weiner".
* If you'd like a sausage and eggs, though it's not heard all that often, you can request a "mystery bag" and some "bum nuts".
* We'd prefer that you don't say "I root for the team", unless you actually want that type of reputation.


I hope this helps.
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Tim, that last bit reminds me of something that I read on this forum

Some guy had recently gotten into Metal Bending and was giving some advice to a fellow magician who was interested in it.

This is what he said. "It's great. I get great reactions at school. They even call me the bender now!"

He seemed happy about it. Obviously it means something different where he comes from than it does where I live!
"But where did the lighter fluid come from?"
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Freezing the balls off a brass monkey comes from old nautical times.

Picture an old style sailing ship with the cannons lining either side.
Next to every cannon there is a small pyramid of cannon balls.
The cannon balls are sitting on a square brass base with cannon ball sized dimples in it. It is this base that keeps the bottom layer of balls from rolling away and the rest are stacked on top to form a pyramid. This base is called a monkey.
When the weather got really really cold, the brass monkey would contract due to the cold and the balls would get pushed from the dimples and go rolling all over the deck.

Thus is born the phrase "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey"

Not really what we tend to think of these days, I think most picture a brass ape losing delicate body parts.
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I'm not usually one to critique another man's balls story, but I can't pass up a monkey-debunkey:

http://www.snopes.com/language/stories/brass.htm

I'll apologize in advance if "monkey-debunkey" is an impolite phrase in Australia...


Regards,

-jjg
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I don't think there are ANY impolite phrases in Australia... Smile
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OOOhhhhh, now I'm all depressed, that was such a disappointment!!!! I loved that story.

Oh well, no time to spend worrying about it I guess, anyway I gotta get back out to my workshop, I'm nearly finished building my perpetual motion machine, I got the plans online, after that I'll make a water powered car then a Tesla power antenna.

jjg you have ruined my day Smile
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I also picture us attacking that world 'cause they just wouldn't expect it
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Fosters = Australian for Beer
Michael J. Douglas
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"Fosters" I'd had forgotten those commercials! ROTFL!! Smile
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"A man who drinks too much likes to be in the grip of the grape, bend the elbow, down a few, drink like it's going out of fashion, give it a nudge, guzzle, hit the slops. indulge, **** on or sink a few. As a consequence of being on the bottle, grog, ****, shicker, slops or turps, he may be described as an alkie, barfly, booze artist, lush, ****-head, ****-pot, plonko, soak, souse, sponge, wino or write-off".

You can see why Aussies don't take warnings about drinking too much too seriously. They think it's too funny to stop.
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I love the censoring Smile

The missing word is "pi - s - s"
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