Since I don’t have any great pictures or stories to share today I thought I would give you some more Australian language lessons!!! I have a great book that has helped me out a lot so some of this will be coming from Rusty Geller’s Americans’ Survival Guide to Australia.
Australians are fun loving, intelligent witty people and they will turn a word into a plaything in a heartbeat. Breakfast becomes brekkie, wishful thinking becomes airy-fairy and waving flies or in my case mozzies from in front of your face becomes the Aussie salute which is not unlike the Lakeside wave for those of you familiar with that!
Lots of words are abbreviated with an ie or y added —a bricklayer becomes a brickie and an umbrella becomes a brolly. Lots of words are abbreviated with an o on the end—ambulance drive becomes an ambo and a garbage truck driver is a garbo. Not too hard to figure out!!!
Some words are from Cockney rhyming—yank rhymes with tank as in septic tank. So they take the word septic and Aussize it to seppo and an American becomes a Seppo. Did you follow that one? Another one is a lie is a porky. Why? Pork pie rhymes with lie so …porky.
Cheers means thank you and you hear a lot of the younger folks saying that a lot—-when we watch Australian Idol (see why we need satellite tv???) the contestants always say “cheers” which took me a bit to figure out. Whilst is used instead of while and a jersey is a guernsey…. First names are given or Christian names and last names are surnames.
Okay that is enough for one day!! I need to save some for another day!!! Talked to both my boys today so I am happy, happy, happy!!!! Aaron is apt hunting in Raleigh from Melbourne and hopefully has found something and then we will have to do the whole lease thing, find a notary, verify he is who he says he is, do the paperwork, transfer some money and hopefully the Aussie dollar will be up a bit…..life goes on!!!
Aaron is on top of all of it so I am happy that he is doing it!!! Micah is still in Michigan and will be through the end of the year probably so say a prayer for him–living out of suitcases in a hotel is not always the most fun thing to do but he is hanging in there. I think he is wondering why he bought that new tv since he has not been home in JAX to enjoy it!!
Tata for now!