Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on March 15, 2012 at 10:45pm

See what I mean Scott, Archy decides, NOW to be quiet :D

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on March 15, 2012 at 10:49pm
Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on March 16, 2012 at 12:35am

When Australia was thought of to drop off England's poor unfortunate working class who had stolen bread and spoons, they were shunted off to the colonies - and were called pommes, or pome's, lots of variations on this - Prisoner of Mother England - another suggestion was the English and Irish lived on potatoes, French for potato - pomme de terre, shortened as only Australians do - pomme, and are still called that to this day.

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on March 16, 2012 at 1:52am

Luv your faces, especially the smarmy one - could try the address below - I laugh at this list - Australians don't use these a lot, but they were around, mainly in the country. A private school educated politician said shamozzle, the other day, meaning mess, confusion - have you ever heard of it. The trouble with a dictionary, and this list, is that a lot of the words aren't in common use.

We had an Australian Prime Minister say he was a happy little Vegemite, which is an advertising jingle, , but it is American owned by Kraft, but dippo Australians think it is Australian owned. It would be eaten by most Australian. You will be saying what the!!! when you se the list.

http://www.koalanet.com.au/australian-slang.html

Australians have longer vowels than Americans - and American accents come from the Irish - the strong R's. Americans have to make their spelling simpler than ours - can't think why...

night, honour, colour, neighbour flavour programme, theatre....

In Australia, one can't tell where someone is from through accent, the difference being country and city - but a lot of country kids go to private school - then one can tell :) One can tell if one has had a reasonable education from accent and speech.Australians can do American accents. but Americans can't do Australian accents. Gwyneth Paltrow does a fabulous English accent.

Comment by kris feenstra on March 16, 2012 at 2:01am

 A private school educated politician said shamozzle, the other day, meaning mess, confusion - have you ever heard of it.

Shemozzle (same word, different spelling) is derived from Yiddish, I think.  It's not a word that comes up so often, but I hear people say it here in North America from time to time.

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on March 16, 2012 at 2:26am

You are so tactful - just take this discussion somewhere else etc...

I thought there was a private email stuff on TA but I can't find it - you know me - clutzy - which means luddite :)

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on March 16, 2012 at 2:36am

@Kris - Australians do say it a fair bit, and know what it means. I don't think I have seen it written, so don't know how to spell it. I would say, we probably have a few Jewish words now, becoming Americanised and all :)

Comment by Mith Barnes on March 16, 2012 at 11:05am

Kris: RE Laverne & Shirley - That's the first thing I thought, too! Then again I grew up in Milwaukee, so I never stood a chance...

Comment by Mith Barnes on March 16, 2012 at 1:44pm

Wow, me either! I think Schlitz, along with Pabst, another Milwaukee 'founder beer' have been relegated to the 'cheap list.' I occasionally see Pabst in oversize cans in gas station coolers next to the other 'malt liquors.' In fact, come to think of it, I may have seen a Schlitz under the name "Malt Liquor"(with the bull on the can), similarly situated. I don't know about now, but back in the day, both were pretty decent beers, if you like German lager or pilsner (which I do) But thanks to the microbrew and imported ale craze, lagers and pilsners are considered too plebeian now, or something.

Comment by Scott Howard on March 16, 2012 at 4:49pm

As I hang around here, you will learn how warped I am too!

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