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Musings from an Aussie Kitty

Start Your Day the Aussie Way!

December 4th 2012 7:38 pm
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G'day my good, long-suffering pals!

First, thank you all fur celebrating my DDP today and DOTD a few days ago. It's really great to have furiends to make things that little bit more special. :D

Now, Some furs have asked me about some Aussie slang terms I sometimes use without really realising. So, pawtly because of that and pawtly because I find the subject fun and interesting, I thought I'd put together a guide fur you on How to Be Aussie. Here goes...

First, you need an Aussie name. Any name will do really, but to make it sound Aussie, you should abbreviate the snot out of it. Barry becomes Bazza, Baz, Baz-Baz, "The Bazster". Sharon is Shazza or Shaz. Sheila is a good Aussie name, as it is also slang fur a girl or woman. You can also put an O on the end of most words and names - just ask any Thommo, Dicko, or Harry. :)

To enhance the authenticity of their Aussie purrfurmance, your human should wear a singlet (sleeveless top), shorts, and thongs (flip-flops) or volleyball shoes. Fafurite Aussie foods include rissoles, sausage rolls, meat pies, snaggers (sausages) and good old Vegemite. :D

And then we get to the small matter of talking like an Aussie. I suggest you see the YouTube video I posted in my last diary entry with the smorgasbord of Aussie slang. Just rememfur a few things: *You can add an O to the end of most words. ("Good-o", "Right-o", and of course "Cheerio" [meaning "goodbye"]) *End sentences frequently with the word "but". A British purrson once observed that they can tell the difference between Aussie and Kiwi accents (which, incidentally, sound nothing alike to an Aussie or a New Zealander!) because Aussies tend to end sentences with the word but. We don't do it intentionally, but. I nefur noticed how often Meowmy does it until I heard that, but. It's not really that annoying but. Is it? :D

Make sure you pronounce your words right. Say after me: or-e-GARN-o (NOT "o-REG-a-no"), and al-yoo-MIN-ee-um (NOT "al-OO-min-um"). Do a YouTube search on Aussie accents. There are a few good videos fur that.

When Aussies say they are "pissed", they mean they are drunk, not mad. Thongs are flip-flop sandals, and a jumper is a warm sweater, not a sleeveless dress. Mozzies are those annoying little insects called mosquitoes and they are killed by handy little plug-in diffusers called "mozzie zappers". If someone invites you fur a barbie, you're likely to be having snaggers (or bangers - named thus fur fairly obvious reasons!). And if someone offers you a chokkie or a bikkie (or better yet, a chokkie bikkie), say yes! And make sure you brush your ivories (or pearly-whites) well after drinking Lollywater (better known as soft drink!).

Blimey, I hope you're not too nackered after that long list I gave you! I can do more entries with more Aussie slang and facts, as I find linguistic subjects fascinating, especially as regards slang and cultural differences. Tell me, do you have interesting slang terms where you live? When you go to the beach, do you wear bathers or swimsuits? Do you eat morning tea or Elevenses? Give me a bell to let me know! Beauty, mate!

Your Ripper Aussie Mate,
Sammo :D (See, I got an Aussie name!)


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Purred by: Ka - zar 1.6.1998 to 25.2.2014 (Catster Member)

December 4th 2012 at 11:29 pm

Sammo love your guide to Aussie slang mate. When you were talking about food you forgot the scone and lamingtons you can't get any more aussie than those. What about having some banggers and mash mate. Do you have any suggestion on how I can make my name more Aussie? May be because of fur colour I could be called bluey?
Purred by: Samson T. Hunter (Catster Member)

December 5th 2012 at 1:09 am

Ooh yes, lamingtons! Mmm-mm! Hm, an Aussie name... Zazzo? :D How did you come to be called Ka-zar? My meowmy named me Samson after the warrior in the Bible because I was always beating up the dogs. (And I have long hair!)

Speaking of "bluey", have you noticed how a lot of Red Cattle dogs are named "Blue" and a lot of Blue heelers are named "Red"? Wierd, isn't it? :)
Purred by: Tiger (Catster Member)

December 5th 2012 at 6:16 am

I love learning about more Aussie slang, mate! Mommy loves linguistics, even though she isn't the most fluent speaker of Cat all the time {but she is good, I'll give you that!} But we love how so many people can speak the same language and have variations.

I'm sure you know that all Americans don't sound the same! There are a lot of different regionalisms, and sometimes in the same local area there can be even more regionalisms. For instance, Mommy and Tiny are originally from a neighborhood in Philadelphia called South Philly. And, Mommy is Italian American on top of that, so there are things she says that are unique to most Italian Americans who live on the east coast. Here's some examples:

When Mommy eats pasta, she calls it macaroni, no matter what shape it is. In other areas, macaroni means elbow macaroni.

Tomato sauce is always gravy. Most people who aren't Italian think of gravy as something brown that you put on meat.

Mommy calls the living room the parlor sometimes.

Now, as for how Mommy sounds, if you have ever seen "The Sopranos", you have a good idea! That's about the closest I can come to describing it. It is a very unique accent. Mommy works with a man from California who teases her about her accent, and it is an accent. For instance, Mommy's name is Dawn, rhymes with prawn, but in California they pronounce it as "Don" {Dahn}, so "Dawn" and "Don" sound alike! Mommy thinks that's crazy, and told her friend that if he went to the mother country (England) and they will tell him that they are NOT pronounced the same!

Your buddy,
Purred by: Monster (Catster Member)

December 5th 2012 at 8:25 am

What's Aussie for MOL?
Purred by: Simba (Catster Member)

December 5th 2012 at 1:51 pm

Good day Mates. I love your guide to Aussie slang.
Purred by: Samson T. Hunter (Catster Member)

December 5th 2012 at 8:17 pm

I'm glad you enjoy my literary-linguistic efforts! :D Hm, Monster, I'll have to think about that one...

Tigo, mate, I have not seen "The Sopranos", but I think I get the idea of your Meowmy's accent. I agree - Dawn and Don sound furry different when spoken PROPURRLY! (No offense to my Californian furiends!) There are different variations of the Aussie accent as well. There's the "Outback" accent, which is sort of more typical "what-Americans-think-of-as-'Aussie'" and there's just "Australian", which is somewhere between stereotypical American and English, and there are some people (like South Australians) who sound furry English. But as they say, it takes all kinds...
Purred by: Tiger (Catster Member)

December 7th 2012 at 7:20 am

Oooh! Kazar and Samson! I just realized that I know what lamingtons are! They are cakes covered in chocolate and coconut, am I right? People love scones here in the US. Mommy makes them sometimes. I beg for it but I don't eat it when she tries to share some. I still don't know why humans don't eat the same food as me. I feel sorry for them, really.
Purred by: Samson T. Hunter (Catster Member)

December 7th 2012 at 9:29 pm

Bingo, Tiger! =:

BTW, if anyfur's interested in some True Blue Aussie Recipes, I've been posting some off-and-on on a group called "Calling All Chefs". Here's a link to my thread: read/753286

Try the recipes and let me know what you think! (Namely, whether they work or not!) :D
Purred by: Samson T. Hunter (Catster Member)

February 2nd 2013 at 11:10 pm

I just realised in that link to the Calling All Chefs group, there's a space in the word "thread" which will appear in the URL as "%20" you'll have to take that out fur the link to work. You should be able to view the thread without being a memfur of that group.

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