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It was on such grotesque shapes that May Gibbs modelled her banksia men in Snugglepot and Cuddlepie of Snake and the bushy heads of the bad Banksia men'. Prichard Bid me to Love: See what I've got in my pocket for you Smith Saddle in the Kitchen: Hell was under the well near the cow paddock, deep and murky and peopled by gnarled and knobby banksia men who lurked there waiting for the unguarded to fall in.
The term derives from the notion that a topic is so interesting that it could halt proceedings at a barbecue - and anything that could interrupt an Aussie barbecue would have to be very significant indeed!
The term was coined by Australian prime minister John Howard in in the context of balancing work pressures with family responsibilities. Barbecue stopper is now used in a wide range of contexts. For an earlier discussion of the term see our Word of the Month article from August Controlled crying is a guaranteed barbecue stopper among Australian parents, more divisive than the old breast-versus-bottle feeding debate.
Planning and zoning looms as a barbecue stopper in leafy suburbs, where many residents and traders will defend to the last breath their quiet enjoyment and captive markets.
Barcoo The name of the Barcoo River in western Queensland has been used since the s as a shorthand reference for the hardships, privations, and living conditions of the outback. Poor diets were common in remote areas, with little access to fresh vegetables or fruit, and as a result diseases caused by dietary deficiencies, such Barcoo rot—a form of scurvy characterised by chronic sores—were common.
Katharine Susannah Prichard writes in The great sores festered on his back, hands and legs: Another illness probably caused by poor diet was Barcoo sickness also called Barcoo vomit, Barcoo spew, or just Barcooa condition characterised by vomiting. Happily, Barcoo can also denote more positive aspects of outback life: Barcoo can also typify the laconic bush wit. Patsy Adam Smith relates the following story: Some claim barrack comes from Australian pidgin to poke borak at 'to deride', but its origin is probably from Northern Irish barrack 'to brag; to be boastful'.
By itself barrack meant 'to jeer' and still does in British Englishbut the form barrack for transformed the jeering into cheering in Australian English. Old dad was in his glory there - it gave the old man joy To fight a passage thro' the crowd and barrack for his boy. I take it you'll be barracking for Labor tonight? He thought it was about time to take the pledge and officially become Australian as he had barracked for our cricket team since In horseracing the barrier is a starting gate at the racecourse.
The word barrier is found in a number of horseracing terms in Australian English including barrier blanket a heavy blanket placed over the flanks of a racehorse to calm it when entering a barrier stall at the start of a racebarrier trial a practice race for young, inexperienced, or resuming racehorsesand barrier rogue a racehorse that regularly misbehaves when being placed into a starting gate. Barrier rise is first recorded in the s. For a more detailed discussion of this term see our Word of the Month article from October Wilson's colt Merman, who, like Hova, was comparatively friendless at barrier rise.
The talented Norman-trained trotter Tsonga, also driven by Jack, speared across the face of the field at barrier rise from outside the front row in the mobile - and from then was never headed.
The word is a borrowing from French in the Middle English period, and meant, literally, 'a person who battles or fights', and figuratively 'a person who fights against the odds or does not give up easily'. The corresponding English word was feohtan which gives us modern English 'to fight'. English also borrowed the word war from the French in the twelfth century; it's the same word as modern French guerre. But the word battler, at the end of the nineteenth century, starts to acquire some distinctively Australian connotations.
For this reason, it gets a guernsey in the Australian National Dictionary. It describes the person with few natural advantages, who works doggedly and with little reward, who struggles for a livelihood and who displays courage in so doing. Our first citation for this, not surprisingly, comes from Henry Lawson in While the Billy Boils In Kylie Tennant writes: In this tradition, K.
Smith writes in Roughly speaking, there are three kinds of people in this country: In the 21st century the term has been used in various political contests as this quotation in the Australian from 1 July demonstrates: It has also been used of an unemployed or irregularly employed person. This sense is first recorded in the Bulletin in Almost everyone I met blamed the unfortunate "battler", and I put it down to some of the Sydney "talent" until I caught two Chows vigorously destroying melon-vines'.
Again in the Bulletin in we find: Frank Hardy in Tales of Billy Yorker writes: Weller, Bastards I have met writes: A person who frequents racecourses in search of a living, esp. The word is used in Australia with this sense from the end of the nineteenth century. Cornelius Crowe in his Australian Slang Dictionary gives: Wright in The Boy from Bullarah notes: In we find in the Bulletin: A battler is the feminine'.
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Chandler in Darkest Adelaide c. This is still the person of the Henry Lawson tradition, who, 'with few natural advantages, works doggedly and with little reward, struggles for a livelihood and displays courage in so doing '.
But perhaps the battler of contemporary Australia is more likely to be paying down a large mortgage rather than working hard to put food on the table! Anglers use a variety of baits for berley, such as bread, or fish heads and guts.
Poultry mash and tinned cat food make more unusual berleying material, although this pales beside a Bulletin article in suggesting 'a kerosene-tinful of rabbit carcasses boiled to a pulp' as the best berley for Murray cod. The first evidence for the noun occurs in the s. The origin of the word is unknown.
In pre-decimal currency days the larger the denomination, the bigger the banknote. Big-noting arose from the connection between flashing large sums of money about and showing off. There was no suggestion that Coates had the revolver for any sinister purpose. He had admitted producing it to 'big note' himself in the eyes of the young woman and her parents.
Foster Man of Letters: He's never been one to big-note himself. Bikie follows a very common pattern in Australian English by incorporating the -ie or -y suffix. This suffix works as an informal marker in the language. In early use bikie often referred to any member of a motorcycle motorbike gang or club - often associated with youth culture. In more recent times the term is often associated with gangs of motorcylists operating on the fringes of legality.
Bikie is first recorded in the s. For a more detailied discussion of the term see our Word of the Month article from March Bikie, a member of a gang or a club of people interested in motor bikes. We need to stop romanticising the notion that bikies are basically good blokes in leather vests.
Some bikies procure, distribute and sell drugs through their 'associates', who in turn sell them to kids. The word is a borrowing from Yuwaalaraay an Aboriginal language of northern New South Wales and neighbouring languages. The bilby is also known as dalgyte in Western Australia and pinky in South Australia.
Since the early s there have been attempts to replace the Easter bunny with the Easter bilby. At Easter it is now possible to buy chocolate bilbies.
Bilby is first recorded in the s. There is also all over this part of the country a small animal which burrows in the ground like a rabbit: Mining activity can also cause direct and indirect disturbance to sites inhabited by bilbies. Billabongs are often formed when floodwaters recede. At the end of a very long waterhole, it breaks into billibongs, which continue splitting into sandy channels until they are all lost in the earthy soil. It will soon offer more activities including fishing at a nearby billabong once the area is declared croc-free.
It is not, as popularly thought, related to the Aboriginal word billabong. Billy is first recorded in the s. A 'billy' is a tin vessel, something between a saucepan and a kettle, always black outside from being constantly on the fire, and looking brown inside from the quantity of tea that is generally to be seen in it.
The green ants, we learn later, are a form of bush medicine that others choose to consume by boiling the nest in a billy and drinking the strained and distilled contents. Billycart is a shortened form of the Australian term billy-goat cart which dates back to the s. In earlier times the term applied to a small cart, often two-wheeled, that was pulled by a goat.
These billycarts were used for such purposes as home deliveries, and they were also used in races. The term was then applied to any homemade go-cart. Billycart is recorded in the first decade of the 20th century.
As boys, Fred and I delivered books round Sydney in a billycart. Bits of busted billycarts and boxes litter the place beneath the sagging clothesline. Bindi-eye is oftened shortened to bindi, and can be spelt in several ways including bindy-eye and bindii. Bindi-eye is usually considered a weed when found in one's lawn. Many a child's play has been painfully interrupted by the sharp barbs of the plant which have a habit of sticking into the sole of one's foot.
Bindy-eye is first recorded in the s. Fancy him after working a mob of sheep through a patch of Bathurst Burr, or doing a day's work in a paddock where the grass seed was bad and bindy-eyes thick.
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You know it's summer when the frangipani flower in their happy colours, when the eucalypt blossom provides a feast for the rosellas - and when the bindi-eyes in your lawn punish you for going barefoot. Bingle is perhaps from Cornish dialect bing 'a thump or blow'.
Most other words derived from Cornish dialect in Australian English were originally related to mining, including fossick. The word is frequently used to refer to a car collision. Bingle is first recorded in the s. There was this clang of metal on metal and both cars lurched over to the shoulder and we nearly went for a bingle.
In fact some of Hughesy and Kate's listeners are laughing so hard they have to pull over in their cars or risk having a bingle on the way back from work. A dog or other animal which is made up of a bit of this and a bit of that. This meaning is common today, but when bitser first appeared in the s it referred to any contraption or vehicle that was made of spare parts, or had odd bits and pieces added.
The small girl pondered. My friends call him a "bitzer"', she replied. We had lots of cats and dogs. My favourite was a bitser named Sheila. Anywhere beyond the black stump is beyond civilisation, deep in the outback, whereas something this side of the black stump belongs to the known world.
Although the towns of Blackall, Coolah and Merriwagga each claim to possess the original black stump, a single stump is unlikely to be the origin of this term. It is more probable that the burnt and blackened tree stumps, ubiquitous in the outback, and used as markers when giving directions to travellers is the origin - this sense of black stump is recorded from The mistake in the past has been the piecemeal and patchwork nature of our public works policy.
Tracks have been made, commencing nowhere and ending the same, roads have been constructed haphazard, bridges have been built that had no roads leading either to or from them, railways have terminated at the proverbial black stump. Wynnum I'm Jack, all Right: It's way back o' Bourke.
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Our own wine writer, Huon Hooke, doesn't know the wine but suspects it comes from a region between Bandywallop and the Black Stump. Blind Freddy A very unperceptive person; such a person as a type. This term often appears in the phrase even blind Freddy could see that.
Although the term may not derive from an actual person, early commentators associate it with a blind Sydney character or characters. Australian lexicographer Sidney Baker wrote in that 'Legend has it that there was a blind hawker in Sydney in the s, named Freddy, whose blindness did not prevent his moving freely about the central city area'. Other commentators suggest a character who frequented various Sydney sporting venues in the first decades of the 20th century could be the original Freddy.
The term itself is first recorded in Billy Farnsworth and [Chris] McKivatt seem to suit one another down to the ground as a pair of halves, but then Blind Freddie couldn't help taking Chris's passes. Scourfield As the River Runs: Blind Freddie could see Emerald Gorge is a natural dam site. It applied to a person of great heart, who displayed courage, loyalty, and mateship. This verb derives from the noun blouse meaning 'the silk jacket worn by a jockey'.
As the origin of this word would indicate, much of the evidence is from the sport of horseracing. For a detailed discussion of blouse see our Word of the Month article from November Four years ago at this ground - Mark Taylor's last one-day appearance for Australia - England smashed to blouse Australia on a typically good batting strip.
The Meryl Hayley-trained speedster, chasing four wins in a line, was bloused in a thrilling finish by Cut Snake with a further head to third placegetter, Danreign.
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The word is ultimately a shortening of bludgeoner. A bludgeoner not surprisingly was a person who carried a bludgeon 'a short stout stick or club'. It appears in a mid-nineteenth century English slang dictionary as a term for 'a low thief, who does not hesitate to use violence'.
By the s the 'prostitute's pimp' sense of bludger is found in Australian sources. In the Sydney Slang Dictionary of bludgers are defined as 'plunderers in company with prostitutes'.
Cornelius Crowe, in his Australian Slang Dictionarydefines a bludger as 'a thief who will use his bludgeon and lives on the gains of immoral women'. Thus bludger came to mean 'one who lives on the earnings of a prostitute'. It retained this meaning until the midth century. Thus Dorothy Hewett in her play Bobbin Up writes: From the early twentieth century it moved out to be a more general term of abuse, especially as applied to a person who appears to live off the efforts of others as a pimp lives on the earnings of a prostitute.
It was then used to refer to a person engaged in non-manual labour - a white-collar worker. This sense appears as early asbut its typical use is represented by this passage from D. Whitington's Treasure Upon Earth And so it came to mean 'an idler, one who makes little effort'. In the war newspaper Ack Ack News in we find: Cleary in Just let me be writes: Four certs I had, and the bludgers were so far back the ambulance nearly had to bring 'em home'. And thence to 'a person who does not make a fair contribution to a cost, enterprise etc.
Niland writes in The Shiralee The biggest bludger in the country'. Otherwise the word will spread that you are a "bludger", and there is no worse thing to be'. The term dole bludger i. From the following year we have a citation indicating a reaction to the use of the term: Cattleman Rockhampton 'Young people are being forced from their country homes because of a lack of work opportunities and the only response from these so-called political protectors is to label them as dole bludgers'.
Throughout the history of the word, most bludgers appear to have been male. The term bludgeress made a brief appearance in the first decade of this century - 'Latterly, bludgers, so the police say, are marrying bludgeresses' Truth 27 September - but it was shortlived. The most common is the swag i.
There's the everlasting swaggie with his bluey on his back who is striking out for sunset on the Never-never track. A swaggie suddenly appeared out of the bush, unshaven, with wild, haunted eyes, his bluey and billycan on his back. Cross, George and Widda-Woman That bluey is later transferred to luggage in general, is perhaps not surprising in an urban society which romanticises its 'bush' tradition: Canberra Times 19 Nov.
The word has been used to denote another item of clothing - denim working trousers or overalls - but the citation evidence indicates the last citation being that this usage is no longer current. More familiar is the use of bluey to describe a summons, especially for a traffic offence originally printed on blue paper: Imagine my shock upon returning to a bluey at the end of the day. Choice 2 April Perhaps the most Australian use of bluey is the curious use of it to describe a red-headed person first recorded in All red-haired men are called 'Bluey' in Australia for some reason or other.
I found out later that he was a native of New South Wales, called ' Bluey because of his red hair - typical Australian logic. A more literal use of bluey in Australian English is its application to fauna whose names begin with blue and which is predominantly blue in colour: We call them blue martins Ornithologists refer to them as some species of wood swallow They're all 'blueys' to us. The obsolete bodger probably derives from British dialect bodge 'to work clumsily'. In Australian English in the s and s bodger meant: The noun was also used adjectivally.
Hardy, Power without Glory: This entailed the addition of as many more 'bodger' votes as possible. Well, we stuck together all through the war - we was in under bodger names.
Baker, The Australian Language: An earlier underworld and Army use of bodger for something faked, worthless or shoddy. For example, a faked receipt or false name. The word bodger was altered to bodgie, and this is now the standard form: To avoid any suspicions in case they were picked up by the Transport Regulation Board, it was decided.
This heap is hot - else why did they give it a one-coat spray job over the original white duco and fix it with bodgie number plates? In the s another sense of bodgie arose. The word was used to describe a male youth, distinguished by his conformity to certain fashions of dress and larrikin behaviour; analogous to the British 'teddy boy': The bizarre uniform of the 'bodgey' - belted velvet cord jacket, bright blue sports coat without a tie, brown trousers narrowed at the ankle, shaggy Cornel Wilde haircut.
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What with 'bodgies' growing their hair long and getting around in satin shirts, and 'weegies' [see widgie] cutting their hair short and wearing jeans, confusion seems to be be arising about the sex of some Australian adolescents. This sense of bodgie seems to be an abbreviation of the word bodger with the addition of the -ie -y suffix. Mr Hewett says his research indicates that the term 'bodgie' arose around the Darlinghurst area in Sydney.
It was just after the end of World War II and rationing had caused a flourishing black market in American-made cloth. The early evidence is largely confined to teenage slang. Some lexicographers have suspected that the term may derive from the Bogan River and district in western New South Wales, but this is far from certain, and it seems more likely to be an unrelated coinage.
The term became widespread after it was used in the late s by the fictitious schoolgirl 'Kylie Mole' in the television series The Comedy Company. In the Daily Telegraph 29 Novemberin an article headed 'Same name a real bogan', a genuine schoolgirl named Kylie Mole 'reckons it really sux' " [i. Someone who wears their socks the wrong way or has the same number of holes in both legs of their stockings.
The earliest evidence we have been able to find for the term is in the surfing magazine Tracks September The term has also generated a number of other terms including bogan chick, boganhood, and cashed-up bogan CUB. Campbell, 25, did not grow up as a bogan chick. She had a quiet, middle-class upbringing in Box Hill, attending a private girls' school. We enjoy drinking, pig-shooting, wear check flannelette shirts and have no common sense or good taste Our geographic reach is flexible; residents of Taree and like communities, for example, may readily qualify for Boganhood, usually with little or no burdensome paperwork.
Douglas' volley sparked a semantic debate about the use of 'bogan', with Palmer and others claiming the once-pejorative term had become more jocular. I'm a bogan because I'm overweight. WA's mining boom has given rise to a new kind of bogan - the CUB, or cashed-up bogan.
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For further discussions of bogan see our Word of the Month article from Novemeberand a article 'Bogan: Bogey is a borrowing from the Aboriginal Sydney Language. The earliest records show the term being used in the pidgin English of Aborigines: I have bathed, or have been bathing These were Colby's words on coming out of the water. Dawson, Present State of Australia: By the s it was naturalised in Australian English: Yes, said Mr Dixon, any two of ye that can swim.
In Australian English a noun meaning 'a swim or bathe; a bath' was formed from the verb: Harris, Settlers and Convicts: In the cool of the evening had a 'bogie' bathe in the river. Howell, Diggings and Bush: Florence was much amused the other evening by her enquiring if she Flory was going down to the water to have a 'bogey'. Flory was much puzzled till she found out that a 'bogey', in colonial phraseology, meant a bath.
A boar was discovered by two of us having a bogey in a 16,yard tank about five miles from the river. A bogey is the Queensland outback word for a bath or bathe. A bogey hole is a 'swimming or bathing hole'. The verb is rare now in Australian English. For an earlier discussion of bogey see our Word of the Month article from February The word is now commonly used for the reef or rock itself.
Horrobin Guide to Favourite Australian Fish ed. Like most inshore saltwater predators, Salmon hunt around rocky headlands, offshore islands and bomboras [etc. Bombora probably derives from the Aboriginal Sydney Language where it may have referred specifically to the current off Dobroyd Head, Port Jackson.
The term was first recorded in and is now used frequently in surfing and fishing contexts with its abbreviation bommie and bommy being common: Bondi is the Sydney suburb renowned worldwide for its surf beach.
Trams last ran on the line inbut the phrase has remained a part of Australian English. The book is aimed at young adults and the young at heart In the early records the spelling bonzer alternates with bonser, bonza, and bonzor.
The adjective, noun, and adverb are all recorded from the early years of the 20th century: The little pony outlaw is wonderfully fast at disposing of his mounts. Yuong Jack Hansen undertook to sit him but failed at every attempt. Jack states he got a 'bonza on the napper', at one time when thrown.
The python is shedding his skin Cable By Blow and Kiss: Came back grinning widely, with the assurance that it [sc. Boofhead derives from buffle-headed 'having a head like a buffalo' OED and bufflehead 'a fool, blockhead, stupid fellow' OED. Bufflehead has disappeared from standard English, but survives in its Australian form boofhead.
It was popularised by the use of boofhead as the name of a dimwitted comic strip character invented by R. Clark and introduced in the Sydney Daily Mail in May For an earlier discussion of the word see our Word of the Month article from December Urban Thesaurus The Urban Thesaurus was created by indexing millions of different slang terms which are defined on sites like Urban Dictionary.
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