It is a mistaken notion that the wood-work is Having finished what I was then about, I went out of my tent, resolving directly to return, which I immediately did, when I perceived large blue eyes glaring at me in the dark. The sky, seen through the advanced guard, appeared like a mezzotinto engraving, but the main body was impervious to sight ; they were not, however, so thick together, but that they could escape a stick waved backwards and forwards.
Or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? Whose house I have made the wilderness, And the barren land his dwellings. He scorneth the multitude of the city, Neither regardeth he the crying of the driver. The range of the mountains is his pasture, And he searcheth after every green thing. I was much amused by the various arts to escape detection used by one individual, which seemed fully aware that I was watching it. A sandwich.
Sanger is an alteration of the word sandwich. Sango appeared as a term for sandwich in the s, but by the s, sanger took over to describe this staple of Australian cuisine.
Sangers come in all shapes and sizes for all occasions—there are gourmet sangers, steak sangers, veggie sangers, cucumber sangers, and even double banger sangers. Smart, stylish; excellent. Schmick sometimes shmick is a relatively recent addition to Australian English. The form smick is found once in the written record in the s, and may be a blend of the words smart and slick. Schmick is now often heard in Australian English. For a discussion of the origin of schmick , and the term schmick-up that has developed from it, see our Word of the Month article. Welch Choir Man : I.. Developed to supplement correspondence education, the School of the Air was pioneered in Australia in It remains the most important means of education for children who have no access to school.
McHugh Birdsville : I'm happy about School of the Air being over… Now they're off to school and in a classroom again they can come home to me and I'm just Mum instead of being their cranky teacher. In Australian Rules football a spectacular overhead mark.
Christopher Irons (Author of One Pint On Shag Rocks)
Australian Rules is a team game in which the ball is moved by running, kicking, and handballing. A mark is the act of cleanly catching a ball that has been kicked a distance of more than 15 metres, and the mark allows the catcher to take an unimpeded kick of the ball. A screamer is a mark that results from an especially high and spectacular leap for the ball. The Australian Rules screamer is first recorded in A second sense of screamer is recorded in Australian English from It functions in various compound terms with words for measures of alcoholic drink, indicating a person who has a low tolerance of alcohol, or who becomes drunk easily or quickly.
Two-pot screamer is the most common of these, but you can also find two-pint , two-middy , and two-schooner screamers. He said when she had a few drinks she began to shout and tried to dominate the conversation. A significant change of lifestyle, especially one achieved by moving from the city to a seaside town. It derives from SeaChange — , the name of a popular Australian television series in which the principal character moves from the city to a small coastal town.
In traditional Aboriginal culture, ceremony and ritual that is open only to a particular group. McMillan An Intruder's Guide to East Arnhem Land : In the morning the men went off to a nearby ceremonial site for Ngarra bunggul or, if you like, secret men's business. The women had more sacred areas than men and it's up to my partner, my sisters and my mum to teach them. From the late s the terms are transferred into standard Australian English where they are used, often jokingly, in non-Aboriginal contexts. An emblem of isolation, deprivation, and exposure. It is first recorded in A shag is a name for any of several species of Australian cormorant, commonly found in coastal and inland waters, where they are often seen perched alone on a rock—the behaviour that gave rise to the expression.
In Australian English any isolated person can be described as being like a shag on a rock —for example, a political leader with few supporters, or a person without friends at a party. Sometimes found in the formulation as lonely or miserable as a shag on a rock. Courtenay Four Fires Tommy doesn't want the poor bloke to be standing there like a shag on a rock. A girl or woman.
This word first appeared in Australian English in with the spelling shelah. It was initially used in Australia to refer to a woman of Irish origin, but from the late 19th century onwards it became a general term for a woman or girl. It probably derives from the generic use of the originally Irish proper name Sheila.
Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms
Davis In our Town : That's my sister. What a sheila. Every bloke in Northam wants to date her. This is a response to someone who is taking you for a fool, and indicates that you have more experience or shrewdness than you have been given credit for. It is now used elsewhere, but it is recorded earliest in Australia, and its use is chiefly Australian. First evidence is from A day's sick leave, especially as taken without sufficient medical reason.
Sickie is an abbreviation of the term sick leave, and illustrates a distinctive feature of Australian English — the addition of -ie or -y to abbreviated words or phrases. An Australian, especially one of British descent. Also as skippy.
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The term is the creation of non-British Australian migrants, especially children, who needed a term to counter the insulting terms directed at them by Australians of British descent. For a discussion of this sense see our Word of the Month article from October Of a fielder in a game of cricket, to attempt to break the concentration of a person batting by abuse or needling.
Sledge is first recorded in the mids in a cricketing context. It derives from the word sledgehammer , used figuratively to designate an unsubtle form of verbal abuse. A verandah, porch, or outbuilding that is used for sleeping accommodation. The word first appears in Sleepouts are often used when hot weather encouraged people to sleep in a sheltered area that might receive cooling night breezes. Sometimes a sleepout may be a porch or verandah that is enclosed with windows or walls, eventually becoming a permanent extra bedroom.