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In response to all those who have trouble understanding the lingo (language)
that is uniquely Oz (Australian) I offer the following translation service
.... they tell me that Babelfish is no good for this particular dialect...

Chrissie - Christmas
doona - quilt, bedcover
gutter guard - plastic wire netting that you put in your roof gutters to
keep the leaves out and thus reduce fire hazards - many houses go up because
embers are blown into these and dry leaves go whoomph
bloke - man
squizz - look
bollocking - running and shouting
kybosh - end
barbie - barbecue - a favourite way to cook in summer because the heat is
kept outside and the MEN do it
brekkie - breakfast
snag - sausage
relo - relative
pressie - presents
tele- television
cricket - a game played by two teams of 11 and which lasts five days - don't
ask!  This year it is Australian v South Africa but it is better when it is
the Poms (English) as the rivalry between the two countries is legendary.
firestorm - when a bushfire is so fierce that it generates its own wind and
energy and travels extremely fast, often from treetop to treetop and leaping
roads and rivers without effort - heat is so intense that a steel girder
will melt like a candle, smoke so thick that you don't know it is daylight
and wind that make it impossible to stand up.
fireies - firefighters - mostly volunteers in country areas - in NSW alone
there are over 70 000!
Santa - Father Christmas
greed and gluttony - alive and well

But for now, my hubby is about to head off on his long-awaited fishing trip
so I must go pack the esky (portable cooler) with all the necessaries - no
way can he rely on feeding himself on the fish he catches! And if I left him
to pack for himself, there would only be beer and a man needs his vegetables

Kia ora

PS Santa did not do the right thing by me and give me $1 000 000 so have had
to postpone my visit to the Antarctic - mind you $1350 (about $US650) will
buy me a sight-seeing flight over the great white on New Year's Eve. Trouble
is that is my 10th wedding anniversary and it wouldn't be right to go
without the other half and $2700 is a lot for a night's entertainment!

PPS - Some of you have suggested that I write a book - yep - I will and it
will be called "100 Ways to use up Christmas leftovers in time to get into
the shops on Boxing Day" and it will be a best-seller.  I will do the
research in the checkout queues of the supermarkets amongst those who have
obviously got it down to a fine art!

Barbara Braxton
Teacher Librarian
Palmerston District Primary School

T. 02 6205 7241
F. 02 6205 7242
E. barbara@austarmetro.com.au
W. http://www.palmdps.act.edu.au

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