Australia – Facts and Quirks
As most of the readers of my blog live in North America or countries other than Australia I thought I would share some things you may not know about Australia.
I was prompted to do this because my friend Adrienne Smith sent me an email with some pretty weird pictures and asked me if they were true.
Adrienne had been sent the email which is titled “Only in Australia”. Now I know our “outback” is pretty rugged but I was unsure so I sent the email to my husband who said some of them may be true.
So let me share with you some things I do know about my country that you may not know.
There was a book written when I was a child by John O’Grady called “They’re a Weird Mob” which was later made into a movie. You will probably think the same after you have read this but I hope you know I am not weird 🙂
Fun Facts about Australia
There are more sheep in Australia than people. It is estimated there are 10 sheep for each person. The funny thing about this is Australians tease New Zealanders about their sheep.
Our greatest folk hero was a bushranger named Ned Kelly. He was finally captured and hanged.
In 2007 it was estimated that 22% of Australians had a convict ancestor.
We play several different codes of football. The most popular game now is AFL (Australian Football League) which was invented by cricketers. We also play two different types of Rugby and Soccer. Most Australians love their sport.
Australia’s favourite breakfast spread is Vegemite, which is made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract. Vegemite is almost black in colour and tastes very salty. Most people not born here think it is disgusting but most of us Aussies cannot get by without it. When I lived in London many years ago my Mom sent it to me (now you can buy it there).
Australian’s quirky language
We shorten any word we can shorten. For example:
- Breakfast – is brekkie
- Biscuit – is bikky (a biscuit in Australia is a cookie in the USA)
- Dinner – is dins
- Sunglasses – are sunnies
- Chocolate – chockie
- Afternoon – arvo
- Lipstick – lippy
You get the drift….
Then a different use of words we call ……
- A car trunk – a boot
- A line up of people is a que
- A thong is rubber footwear – and not underwear. I think they are called flip flops in many countries.
Then really weird
If you have red hair you will get called “blue”.
If you are at the pub/bar with friends it is our custom to take turns in buying drinks. We call it “our shout”.
An ankle biter is a small child
A banana bender is a person from Queensland where I live. I am not counted though as I grew up in Western Austalia – that makes me a Sand Groper! (nice 🙂
A fruit loop is a fool
London to a Brick – absolutely certain (quite obvious don’t you think?)
I have only scratched the surface here. If you are interested you can visit Koala Net and you will see there are hundreds of them.
Do we all talk like this?
No we don’t. I do not talk use so much slang but I do shorten words. Yes I have sunnies and brekkie.
You get more of the slang in country towns and our “outback” than you do in the cities.
We also have what we refer to as a “cringe factor” and for many Australians the overuse of the slang makes us cringe. I fall into that category. I cringed a lot in the movie Crocodile Dundee at the exaggeration of Paul Hogans’ antics.
We enjoy fun
Most Australians have good sense of humours and love fun. I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit more about us. If you visit Australia you will find us a friendly race of people.
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