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  Australian Information
Australian Flags - Australia's first `Federal' flag was chosen from a national flag competition held in 1901.
Australian Symbols and Icons - Information about the wattle, the colors green and gold and why the kangaroo and emu are the iconic animals on Australia's coat of arms.
Australian Slang - Australian slang, also known as Strine, is our special way of speaking.
www.australianhistory.org /australia-information.php   (178 words)

 Australian words - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many distinctive Australian words have been driven into extinction or near extinction in recent decades under the homogenising influence of mass media and imported culture, because of changes in fashion, or have fallen into disuse as society changes.
In Australian English, dried grapes are given different names according to their variety, and generally raisins are largest, sultanas are intermediate, while currants are smallest.
Australian rules is often known in these areas as "AFL" (a name which, strictly speaking, refers to the main governing body, the Australian Football League).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Australian_words   (8509 words)

 List of English words of Australian Aboriginal origin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many such words have entered Australian English, and are considered native words.
Some of those words have in turn been exported from Australian English to other branches of the English language and to other languages.
For example: The accepted English common names of a number of species of animal and plant endemic to Australia are simply their Australian Aboriginal names.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Australian_Aboriginal_origin   (232 words)

 Australian Slang Translations - Cattle station and outback language - Fiona Lake Photography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Many words commonly used in the Australian bush are derived from Spanish words, which have often ended up in Australia via the Spanish and Mexican cowboys who worked in what is now the American South West.
Many more of the words commonly used in the American west are derived from Spanish words, for example 'stampede' originates from 'stampida', 'cinch' from 'cincha', 'lariat' from 'la reata' and 'lasso' from 'lazo'.
Many of these endangered words and sayings are very evocative or extremely witty, indicative of the typically dry humour found in the Australian bush.
www.fionalake.com.au /i-translations.html   (586 words)

 ANU - Australian National Dictionary Centre - ANDC   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Another word used throughout Australia is jackeroo, the term for a 'newchum', or recent arrival, who is acquiring his first colonial experience on a sheep or cattle station.
Jumbuck is an Australian word for a 'sheep'.
Whatever the case, jumbuck was a prominent word in the pidgin used by early settlers and Aborigines to communicate with one another, and was thence borrowed into many Australian Aboriginal languages as the name for the introduced animal, the sheep.
www.anu.edu.au /andc/res/aewords/aewords_hr.php   (4447 words)

 Australian Slang - Stories from Australia's Culture and Recreation Portal
Australians also demonstrate a strong impulse to abbreviate and alter word endings, resulting in 'barbie' for barbecue, 'arvo' for afternoon, 'cossie' for swimming costume and 'blowie' for blowfly.
For example, the word 'pebble' once referred to a convict who was difficult to deal with and had the hard qualities of stone.
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.
www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au /articles/slang   (1429 words)

 ANU - Australian National Dictionary Centre - ANDC
It includes an introduction to the nature of Aboriginal languages, short sketches of the languages from which the words were taken, and a chapter on the history of the words after they were taken into English.
The words are grouped according to subject, and for each one there is information on the Aboriginal language from which it derives, the date of its first written use in English, and its present meaning and pronunciation.
The language of Australians at war reveals a great deal about the experiences and understanding of war and is also a fascinating insight into Australian culture and values.
www.anu.edu.au /ANDC/pubs/lexmono.php   (1584 words)

 DoctorConnect - Australian English
This means that words are shortened and then a vowel is added to the end of the word---usually an ‘i’ or an ‘o’;.
Examples of slang Australian are ‘to give it a burl’---‘to try something’; ‘to feel crook’---‘to feel sick’; ‘hard yakka’---‘hard work’; and ‘ridgey-didge’ or ‘dinky-di’---‘to be genuine’ (sometimes means to be genuinely Australian).
For example, the Australian spelling of ‘jail’ is ‘gaol’, although it is pronounced the same way.
www.health.gov.au /internet/otd/publishing.nsf/Content/work-Australian%20English   (510 words)

 The Word Game for Aussies - Ozlip - Australian Dictionary
I have left out some words that seem to me to be totally obsolete or very rare, although there were a few obscure words that I couldn't resist leaving in, such as onka.
The word is used in various combinations, such as "ruck play", "ruck contest" and "ruck rules", the latter phrase being used frequently in recent discussions of rule changes that limited the length of run-up ruckmen could take before leaping for the ball, in the hope of reducing rates of injury.
The use of this word for a meal at which tea is not necessarily drunk seems to be most common in Australia and the north of England.
ozlip.lexigame.com /ozdict.html   (5299 words)

 Oxford University Press - Why do I need an Australian dictionary?
An Australian dictionary gives you more than other dictionaries, combining in one reference book information on English as it is used worldwide and as it is used particularly in Australia.
It records the historical development of Australian words and idioms from their earliest use to the present day, providing evidence of this history in some 60,000 quotations drawn from over 9000 Australian sources.
Thus The Australian Oxford Dictionary is up-to-date with Australian and International English, combining authentic description of Australian English with the authority for which Oxford dictionaries are renowned.
www.oup.com.au /content/General.asp?ContentID=66   (591 words)

 Dr. Ammerlaan: Australian English: white and ATSI
Words and grammar are also taught, though 'taught' is a big word: for instance, 'marlu' is a word for 'kangaroo' in Warlpiri, so when one animal hops along and you are told the corresponding word 'marlu', you are supposed to have acquired that word from that moment onwards.
You are ridiculed every time you say 'what was that word again?' or when you use an incorrect or synonym word, and of course the word 'marlu' means that you should also know that the words for 'kangaroo grazing', 'kangaroo lying' and 'kangaroo hopping along (coorie)' even though these are totally distinct.
Another common characteristics of 'fl' Australian English is unusual combinations of words, such as 'the drought was heavy on the land'.
www.ammerlaan.demon.nl /TALK.HTM   (7085 words)

 Key themes in Australian history   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In other words they are stories that are used to justify beliefs in what is right and wrong, and social customs and institutions.
The two maps *(C4.40 population density in 1901 and 1996) drawn by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show us that by 1901 the majority of the population lived around the coast rather than in the far outback, and that this continues to be true today.
Russell Ward argued that all characteristics attributed to Australians related to the characteristics of the bush workers of the C19th.
www.australiasoc.info /lectures/marshall_01.html   (5373 words)

 MED Magazine
This is a neologism in Australian English, constrained to this variety and following the cultural model of informal expressions such as three bangers short of a barbie (meaning 'not very intelligent', the Australian equivalent of the British English expression a few sandwiches short of a picnic).
Words and concepts from indigenous cultures have enriched the Australian lexicon.
Ute is an abbreviated form of the word utility, and muster is the noun derived from the transitive verb muster meaning 'to gather a group of people or things together for a particular purpose'.
www.macmillandictionary.com /MED-Magazine/june2005/31-New-Word-BBQ.htm   (1176 words)

The others are popular Australian words that some people use all the time.
Australians always prefer to use one word rather than two.
Yes, some words are not the same as in British English, but that was no problem.
www.ellenerfeld.de /Walkabout/Data/school/lang_a.html   (284 words)

 International Englishes
Australian Journal of Linguistics [St. Lucia, Queensland: Australian Linguistic Society].
Australian English: The Language of a New Society.
Australian English: An Historical Study of the Vocabulary 1788-1898.
www.wright.edu /~martin.kich/IntEng/Antipodes.htm   (626 words)

 The Adelaide Review [Books] Bardi Grubs and Frog Cakes: South Australian Words
Judging by its title, and because it originated from the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the Australian National University, I expected this to be a dictionary of words derived from Aboriginal languages, coined here or used with specific local meanings.
These are mere quibbles compared with the book’s overwhelming flaw: the choice of words and phrases is subjective to the point of bizarreness.
Word choice in any project such as this will always be argued about.
www.adelaidereview.com.au /archives/2004_06/books_story4.shtml   (471 words)

 Australia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Australian Recipes Pavlova 4 egg whites 1 cup sugar 3 drops vanilla extract 1/4 tsp cream of tartar pinch of salt Passion fruit pulp, fruit salad, or strawberries 1 cup heavy cream 1.
A common Australian home is on the edge of the city, made of brick with a tiled roof, and a yard.
words to "Kookaburra" written on a large chart: Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, Merry, merry king of the bush is he, Laugh kookaburra, laugh kookaburra, Free your life must be.
fga.freac.fsu.edu /academy/k1aust_removed.htm   (12809 words)

 Australian Slang - A; The Aussie Slang Dictionary of Australian slang words and Australian phrases.
Australian Slang - A; The Aussie Slang Dictionary of Australian slang words and Australian phrases.
noun:- the good word, the truth, the good acid.
noun:- Australian Rules Football, description usually used derogatorily by Rugby Fans.
www.aussieslang.com /slang/australian-slang-a.asp   (234 words)

 Australian Slang [Aussie - Ozzi] Dictionary
English the official language spoken by Australians, or our version of it is often difficult for others to understand.
Considering the variety of accents, and our tendency to use slang words in many situations, the slang shown here on this page should help most visitors to Australia, and give you a few laughs along the way - as well (enjoy).
A word not normally used in [mixed] company.
www.dunway.com /html/aussie_slang.html   (1144 words)

 Eric Shackle's eBook - Furphy
Kangaroo was the first and best-known borrowing of an Aboriginal word into English, according to the Australian National Dictionary Centre: "In 1770, when Captain Cook was forced to make repairs to the Endeavour in north Queensland, he and his party saw a number of large marsupials.
To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations--such is a pleasure beyond compare.
Words such as cobber, and terms such as send her down Hughie and put the moz on are explained in the book."
www.bdb.co.za /shackle/articles/furphy.htm   (1098 words)

 Australian English   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Spelling: UK, US, AUS: Australian and British English are generally identical in the way they spell words.
Australians just love to shorten words, and stick an -ie sound on the end: it's a form of diminutive and while it is not unique to Australian English, it is certainly widespread.
Click here to try a matching exercise on a sample ten, or here for a second ten, or here for flashcards on all twenty.
www.fi.muni.cz /~thomas/Australia/australian_english.htm   (101 words)

 Australian Flying Corps
Tests were performed on the wings of Avro Ansons and DeHavilland Mosquitos in Australia during World War II to determine the effect of camouflage and temperature.
The RAAF is currently preparing to fly in support of the NSW police force for the APEC leaders summit in Sydney.
This contradicts the statements from the Defence Minister, though I personally never doubted the letter stating the F22 was not for sale was political in origin and driven by a need to quash a domestic political liability for the government.
www.australianflyingcorps.org   (868 words)

 School Spirit Strine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Then welcome to School Spirit's very own glossary of Australian words and phrases where we will do our best to explain the language as best we can to drongos like you.
Captain Cook officially discovered the east coast of the Australian continent in 1770 and claimed that entire coast for England, although other parts of the country were discovered as early as 1606, by the Dutch, no less!
Australian born, Australian bred, Long in the legs and Thick in the head.
www.schoolspiritcomic.com /strine.html   (1602 words)

 Australian Slang and Translations
For example Aussies tend to shorten words in ways that leave visitors lost: a politician is a polly, university is uni and Christmas is Chrissie.
In addition to using the "ee" sound at the end, we also use "o" endings when we shorten words such as rego for car registration.
So if you're visiting our country, keep this in mind and you'll be able to guess some of what we're saying.
alldownunder.com /oz-u/slang/phrase1.htm   (342 words)

 English Teaching Resources, Australia. Please link to main page: www.QuistInfo.dk
The Australian flag is composed of Union Jack and six white stars on a blue background.
The Union Jack is a part of the flag due to the fact that Australia is a former British colony and is still a member of the Commonwealth.
It represents the Federation of the Australian colonies in 1901.
hjem.get2net.dk /niels_quist/austral.htm   (437 words)

 Australian Animal Printouts - EnchantedLearning.com
Words: bilby, cassowary, cockatoo, dingo, echidna, kangaroo, koala, kookaburra, platypus, quokka, wallaby, wombats.
The bilby (also known as the rabbit-eared bandicoot) is a small marsupial with long ears.
The emu is a large Australian bird that cannot fly.
www.enchantedlearning.com /coloring/Australia.shtml   (629 words)

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