People bag out Buzzfeed.com, but I reckon it’s pretty funny. I cacked myself at its The 100 Rudest Effing Things Australians Say post yesterday.
I remember studying Australian slang in 3-unit English for the HSC – the pinnacle of my academic achievement – and being blitzed by the colourful vernacular. I mean, what other country describes someone who’s a bit out-there as being “a sandwich short of a picnic” or “mad as a cut snake” or as having a “roo loose in the top paddock”?
But teen me would have been horrified by the Buzzfeed article.
I was a prim and proper little thing back then, no potty mouth for me.
I went to Baptist Sunday school and had a straight-laced dad, who famously tore up my copy of RAM magazine because it had swear words in it … cue gales of teenage tears and wails of horror that Neil Finn had been ripped in half.
Then I became a journalist.
The funny thing about journalists is that despite them having the widest vocabulary of all professions and not being able to swear in the stories they write every second word out of their mouth is “fuck.”
I got with the program pretty quickly. (Though I still NEVER EVER swear in front of my Dad … and spent my whole marriage kicking my husband in the shins under the table when he did.)
So I find the endless ways the “f” word and other expletives can be used as expressions quite entertainingly creative.
The Buzzfeed article includes gems such as
“Why are you on compo?”
“I slipped on a hot chip at Oporto and went arse over tit.”
“Pig’s arse”: Australian for “I beg to differ”.
Ah, such a romantic vernacular!
“Is that spoof on your tracky-daks?”
“Nah just Yoplait Go-Gurt.”
“Get a dog up ya”
It means “Insert a dog into your rectal cavity.”
“Oi fuck face”
A traditional Australian greeting.
The dry delivery kills me.
Does any other language contain such colour? I expect the English have similarly amusing expressions without the expletives.
What’s your favourite Aussie expression?
Song of the day: The Angels “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” (Live!)