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Old 04-14-2003, 08:45 PM   #1
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Question for Aussies

I have no idea where to post this!

I was wondering how Australians on here felt about the use of "" on these forums. I've heard that it was an obscene gesture in Australia, and I know we have a lot of Australians posting on the boards. I just wanted to know how the Aussies deal with it.
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Old 04-14-2003, 09:42 PM   #2
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that's an interesting question. i have never heard of that. (i am not from australia though)
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Old 04-14-2003, 11:25 PM   #3
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Wow- I've never heard that. So does that mean that is like posting the finger?
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Old 04-14-2003, 11:32 PM   #4
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well I'm not from Australia but....my persian friend told me is exactly like giving the finger for her back home as well!
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A thumbs up? The bird is obscene, but not a thumbs up! Although we don't really use the gesture that much, flipping the bird is a lot more common
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Do Australians have regional accents? For instance, does someone from NSW speak differently from someone from Melbourne, just like a Bostonian and a Texan have different accents?
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Old 04-15-2003, 04:51 AM   #7
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she'll be apples mate

it is not the least bit offensive, if it is held perfectly still. It signifies everything is A OK, a job well done, thanks a lot. It is a bit like the OK sign, the circled thumb and index finger.
When I was a little girl, ( myave things changed) if you held your thumb up like that and jerked it upwards rapidly....that was rude,ooowahhhh I'm gonna tell my ma on you( those were the days). But that was a long time ago, it is not considered the least bit offensive now.
regional accents/dialects? Australia is a very large continent with great big empty bits, a sparse population . Communities develop in isolation(less so these days) and with that comes localised language. The word "pearler" for example,I used in another thread is not something I grew up with. I picked it up a couple of years ago from a new friend I made. She said it, I liked it, I adopted it.As far as accents, I think there are. My friends from Adelaide accent imho.

One elderly man once said to me, you know the further north you travel on the east coast of Australia, the more the English language deteriorates. I grew up and live in about the middle...I speak cassperanto
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I think what Cass has said is right, there are many slang words that are particular to certain areas, although when you are growing up you think everyone speaks the way you do. As far as accents go I really think there is little difference overall, and Im pretty well travelled - although country people, esp in Noth Queenland have a broader accent

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Old 04-15-2003, 06:38 PM   #9
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another question for the Aussies.....

Who wants to go to Splendour On The Grass?
19th-20th July, Byron.
I just heard Adam Spencer talking about the confirmed line-up...so far! It is brilliant .I am going, come hell or high water....I hope so anyway. It sounds unreal.!WOW!
I thought I would post this here as most Aussie's are likely to drop in. I think it desreves a topic in Bang and Clatter...I'm rather chuffed
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Thanks for the info, guys! Sorry...I kind of lost this thread, but I found it again.
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As soon as I saw Cass's reply, I remembered that if you do kind of tilt your fist and jerk your extended thumb in an outward direction it can kinda mean '**** off'.

I suck at slang. Its better to just make up your own words and insults.

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ah. You aussies have such weird slang anyway. No one in the world understands it...
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Old 04-17-2003, 01:52 AM   #13
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I suck at slang. Its better to just make up your own words and insults.
is "suck" aussie slang for "rule"?

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slomey, I just rule at everything, including ruling when it comes to sucking at things. I fail very badly at times.

Sweetest, we dont really have weird words! The ones the rest of the world hears about are ones we dont really use lol
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