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Post by Tim » September 5th, 2007, 4:34 pm

Got shit today for saying "lollies". I also get shit for saying there are "heaps" of something or if I "reckon" something.

Wifey has been teaching Googlers "budgie smugglers".

Another one they don't get here is "sunnies".

Australian things that Australians haven't heard of:

"Oil can" beers

Blooming Onions

Darwin stubbies

Yellowtail Wine

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Post by Tim » September 5th, 2007, 4:34 pm

"She'll be apples"

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Post by Stu » September 5th, 2007, 6:05 pm

Tim wrote:

Australian things that Australians haven't heard of:

Darwin stubbies
I think most Australians would have heard of a Darwin Stubby

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Post by Miles » September 5th, 2007, 6:15 pm

Not me.

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Post by buffalo » September 5th, 2007, 7:05 pm

Okay, starting with the post at the top of this page, who wants to actually give a quick definition of all the terms Tim's used, because I don't have a clue. urban dictionary is my new best friend!

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Post by Stu » September 5th, 2007, 7:17 pm

Tim wrote:
lollies = sweets like strawberry creams, clinkers etc
budgie smugglers = speedo type bathing costumes

sunnies = sunglasses


"Oil can" beers

Blooming Onions - never heard of it

Darwin stubbies - see my reply above = basically a huge bottle of beer

Yellowtail Wine - no bloody idea

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Post by westical » September 6th, 2007, 9:32 pm

Argod wrote:
Tim wrote:

Australian things that Australians haven't heard of:

Darwin stubbies
I think most Australians would have heard of a Darwin Stubby
nuh-uh

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Post by westical » September 6th, 2007, 9:34 pm

Oh, and Yellow Tail Wine is simply that, Yellow Tail Wine. You'd recognise the bottle.

http://www.yellowtailwine.com.au/contents.asp

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Post by buffalo » September 7th, 2007, 6:55 am

Ta Argod!

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Post by Stu » September 7th, 2007, 2:16 pm

buffalo wrote:Ta Argod!
no probs
westical wrote:
Argod wrote:
Tim wrote:

Australian things that Australians haven't heard of:

Darwin stubbies
I think most Australians would have heard of a Darwin Stubby
nuh-uh
cheers, and thisn ones for youse (if ya hadn't already seen above)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Darwin_stubby.jpg

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Post by unfnknblvbl » September 8th, 2007, 12:24 am

I'd never heard of a Darwin Stubby either.. but now that I have, I wish you could get vodka bottles that large (and easily/cheaply)
Haven't heard of Yellowtail either

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Post by unfnknblvbl » September 8th, 2007, 3:41 am

I wonder what Americans think "out whoop-whoop" means?

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Post by mkstvns » September 8th, 2007, 11:02 am

What the fuck do they say if not "car park"? "car lot"? I think that guy was just dense!

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Post by Stu » September 8th, 2007, 12:30 pm

it's a parking lot isn't it? Over there I mean

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Re: Things Americans don't understand

Post by Crass » November 5th, 2007, 7:07 pm

Tim wrote:
Tim wrote:
"Where's the salad on my burger?" (you must specify lettuce and tomato, it's too tricky to make the connection otherwise)

"Jelly baby".

"Indicator".

Thought of a new one - skoll.

Another one - sook. They tend to use crybaby.
1. Dude, you guys here put CARROTS on your burgers! Carrots are not an acceptable salad topping on a burger. Especially since most places I have seen subsitute a lot of the meat for the horrid salad toppings. I have also seen cucumber.

2. Jelly Baby - I've heard of them...even before I came here. I think the equivalent to them in North America would be gummi bears.

3. Indicator - Blinker. The act of using said blinker is blinkering.

4. Skoll - We say chug

5. Hrm about crybaby...I rarely hear that term used. The more common one would be suck. Eg "You are such a suck".

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Post by Stu » February 18th, 2008, 6:35 pm

A Message from John Cleese - British comedian:

To the citizens of the United States of America:

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent
candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we
hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective
immediately.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties
over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which
she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for
America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate
will be disbanded.

A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of
you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following
rules are introduced with immediate effect:

You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary.

1. Then look up aluminium, and check the pronunciation guide. You will
be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.

2. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour', 'favour'
and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without
skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the
suffix '-ise'.

Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable
levels. (look up 'vocabulary').

3. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises
such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of
communication. There is no such thing as US English. We will let
Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell- checker will be
adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the
elimination of -ize.

4. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

5. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns,
lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and
therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns
should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort
things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're
not grown up enough to handle a gun.

6. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything
more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you
wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

7. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will
start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you
will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of
conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you
understand the British sense of humour.

8. The Former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been
calling gasoline)-roughly $6/US gallon. Get used to it.

9. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries
are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips
are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal
fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

10. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually
beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to
as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be
referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable as they are
pound for pound the greatest sporting Nation on earth and it can only be
due to the beer. They are also part of British Commonwealth - see what
it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen
Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.


11. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as
good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to
play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English
dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.

12. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of
proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in
time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American
football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds
or wearing full Kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies). Don't try
Rugby - the Australians, South Africans and Kiwis will thrash you, like they
regularly thrash us.

13. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to
host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played
outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware that there is a
world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn
cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the
sting out of their deliveries.

14. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

15. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's
Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all
monies due (backdated to 1776).

16. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 pm with proper cups, with
saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes;

plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God save the Queen.

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Post by unfnknblvbl » February 18th, 2008, 6:58 pm

old... that was circulating back in the Bush vs Gore days...

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Post by Stu » February 18th, 2008, 7:36 pm

oh!!! see I guess I haven't visited the whole internet then :(

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