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 archaeopteryx on March 16, 2012 at 1:13am

Don't happen to know where I could find an Australian-to-English dictionary, would you?:D big grin

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 archaeopteryx on March 16, 2012 at 2:08am

I was teasing you Suzanne, by sarcastically implying that Australians don't speak English, but it's good to know there actually IS such a list. I'll check it out.

If it weren't for the fact that this thread seems to have run out of steam, I'd say we'd be better appreciated if we took this conversation to email or private message.

Gwyneth Paltrow ISN'T English?

Not sure which face is "smarmy" --

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 archaeopteryx on March 16, 2012 at 10:58am

Kris - RE: "shamozzle" - not that I deliberately memorize such stuff, but I have a quirky memory that won't let me forget a lot of things I'd like to - wasn't that word used in the opening song on "Laverne & Shirley"?

"Schlemele, shamozzle, Hassenpfeffer Incorporated"?

Comment by archaeopteryx on March 16, 2012 at 11:00am

Suzanne, RE: "I thought there was a private email stuff on TA" - it's how I first contacted you! Click on my icon to go to my TA page, then click, "Send a Message" --

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...

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