Speaking Australian

Posted by Joyce Tischler, ALDF's Founder and General Counsel on August 7, 2010

Join ALDF Founder & General Counsel Joyce Tischler as she tours
Australia with Voiceless, the animal protection institute, for the 2010 Animal Law Lecture Series.

One of the charming qualities of Australians is their commitment to the development and use of lingo that is unintelligible to anyone not native to this continent. For example, “sunnies” are sunglasses and “cozzies” (short for swimming costumes) are bathing suits. “Uni” refers to university (college), a “banana bender” is a resident of Queensland and “righto” means that the person you are speaking to understands what you just said. When someone says, “brilliant,” that is a compliment, unless he is “plonked” (too drunk to know better). “Avo” is avocado; why bother saying the whole word when everyone gets the point after the first two syllables?

Some of my best sources for this lingo have been the taxi drivers, who place my suitcase into the “boot” (trunk) of their taxis, as they greet me with “How y-goin?” My cabbie friends tell me that a “slab” is a case of 24 cans of beer (valuable information) and “your cheese and kisses” is a loving (albeit, non-vegan) reference to your wife.

Contrary to those Paul Hogan movies that we Americans love, no one says, “G-day, mate,” except to the tourists, but Australians do call each other “mate.”

Continuing my cross-cultural quest, I am determined to figure out the rules of rugby and the related sport, footy. From what I’ve seen, the goal seems to be to toss the ball, knock people down and jump on top of them. Both rugby and footy are on the telli (television) at all hours of the day and night; I’m still clueless as to why.

Stay tuned as I continue my adventures in Australia…

Related blog posts:
Hello from Sydney, Australia
Welcome to Australia, Joyce!
Factory Farming in Australia
The Plight of Kangaroos in Australia
Animal Law in Australia
Live Animal Exports
The Kangaroo Whisperer
Live Animal Exports – Part 2
A Visit With Kangaroos
The Future of Animal Law in Australia


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