As we say here in Australia;
What’re you up to this arvo mate?
For me, my usual reply is
c) Sleeping (usually this one)
Do you know what all these things have in common?
-Minimal social contact.
and that’s the way I like it.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have a wide circle of friends, and an active social life at its core (I’m no hermit, well, unless I’m in the middle of an epic game-a-thon)
I do however, adore time with my own thoughts (a lot).
And I’ve noticed (having spent near 2 decades here) as an Aussie,
We are perceived (and rightly recieved) as an overly patriotic, multicultural (and therefore prone to be rascist) nation. We legalise the eatability of our own mascot and owe our social identity to alcohol.
We also add the vowel ‘o’ onto many things, purely because we can’t be assed to articulate our sentences.
Is your name Dave?
Your new alias is Davo.
Get used to hearing shouts of ‘Tiffo‘ from across the street.
Whilst we’re here, let me give you a quick lesson in the very complicated linguistics of our nation…
How to sound legit Aussie in under 30 seconds.
- Arvo = ‘afternoon‘.
– not to be confused with ‘Avo’ meaning avocados, or ‘sambo’ meaning sandwiches, nor even ‘Bottle0’ which is a bottle shop. And finally; ‘Servo’ which is a service station
(I know, don’t judge us).
- Esky = cooler/chillybin
- Lollies = candy
- Barbie = Barbeque, also a brand of whitewashed childrens’ dolls
- Ya reckon? = Tbe usual reply to an opinion based query
- Woop Woop = in the middle of nowhere
- Budgie Smugglers = well, you would rather not know this one (Though it has in recent times become popularized thanks to our former PM)
- Uwie = a U-turn ‘chuck a Uwie mate‘
- Get stuffed = (get lost) – a derogatory term
- Fair dinkum = ‘rightly so’, fair enough
- Winner winner, chicken dinner = when you win at something i.e a race
- Thongs = sandals. If someone asks to borrow your thongs, don’t be alarmed. They’re just shoes.
- Golden Gaytime = A common misconception, it’s ice cream.
Growing up in Australia, (and for a small portion of my life, Japan) my views on ethics, morality and social norms have been constantly at war with each other. The daily struggle of deciding whether to approach people (as you would in Australia) or to wait for them to come to you?
Do I dare to walk around the house with my shoes on?
Should I really choose toast and butter for breakfast or opt for the rice that my mum made last night.
Wait a second, did I correctly put the rice on the third shelf in the freezer or next to the fermented beans.
These are the thoughts that keep me up at night.
I’m an optimistic person. I’m extremely lucky, I’ve been fortunate to grow up with a fantastic family, had a great education and am currently pursuing my dream studying Dietetics.
Two wonderful pets and three adorable cousins, it might be what some could say, a wonderful life.
I post (mostly) opinion based blogs on reflections, health (to do with my degree) or travel… If you’re in for the ride; read more about my ramblings here!
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