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  • Annie Dear: Want to get a double take? Toss in an Aussi-ism

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  • I was reminded today just how colorful and/or odd Australian sayings can be.
    I was talking with a colleague the other day about how someone seemed less than pleased with a certain turn of events, and I used the expression that the person was “lips of string.” This garnered a bit of a blank expression, so I tried to elucidate by throwing in “pinch nostrilled.” This evidently rang a bell, as she came back with “oh you mean thin-lipped!” I had to laugh – I hadn’t used that particular phrase in such a long time I’d quite forgotten it.
    So try using some of these the next time you want to impress or addle your friends:
    Want to intimate that a town is in the middle of nowhere? Try this one: Fifty miles south of Woop Woop. Want to tell someone to go away? Try rack off. It’s your friend’s turn to buy the drinks? It’s your shout.
    Try translating this lot:
    I’m taking a sickie so I’m just ducking up the shops, going to the milk bar, then I’ll go to Maccas. Be home later. Oh pull your head in, she’ll be apples.
    I’ll give you a hand: I’m taking a day off work so I’m just running to the mall where I will visit the convenience store, then MacDonald’s. I will be back soon. Oh don’t worry, everything will be all right. Just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?
    And this:
    Oh fair go mate, fair suck of the sav. Don’t stand there looking like a stunned mullet and stop playing silly buggers. No really, it’s fair dinkum, I promise – it’s ridgy didge.
    Oh, I can see a blank expression or two out there. Let me help: Oh do give me a chance, let me have my say. Don’t look so surprised and stop kidding around. No really, it’s true – I promise it’s legitimate.
    At your next barbecue:
    I’m flat out like a lizard drinking getting the barbie going, darl. You go tart yourself up before me mates arrive, then come out with the snags and crack me a tinnie while you’re at it – you’re a little bewdy.
    I’m busy getting the grill lit, darling. You go and get ready before my friends get here, then come on out with the sausages and open a beer for me while you’re at it – you’re a good lady.
    And then of course there are the different words Aussies and Americans use which can confuse matters as well. I never know whether I need a light bulb or a light globe. Is it a windshield or a windscreen? Does the car have a trunk or a boot, a hood or a bonnet? Do I need to take the lift or the elevator – and when I get there, do I ask for the bathroom, the loo or the restroom?
    Page 2 of 2 - No worries, she’ll be apples!
    Annie Dear lives in Lee’s Summit. Email her at anniedearkc@hotmail.com.

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