Lingo for Australia Day

26 Jan

Well, as i am Australian, and it is the national day of our fair land, it would be wrong of me and certainly very un-cliched if i didn’t say G’DAY!!


I am in fact working today which is both very unaustralian of me and also very unfrench. Confusing. In any case I suppose i’ll have to make my way down to Cafe OZ tonight and have a couple of glasses of our national pride to give myself some semblance of an identity – an inebriated one at that.

In the meantime, you must pay your respects to my great nation by learning a little bit of our language…it’s only fair, given that i have made the effort to learn English AND French.


14 Responses to “Lingo for Australia Day”

  1. atasteofgarlic January 26, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    G’Day Shelia

    With a vocabulary like this you should have been a language assistant!

    All the best (and happy Aussieday)

    Keith (A.K.A. The Breton Pom!)

    • Poulette Paris January 26, 2011 at 11:43 am #

      Thanks Keith, i’ve got shit loads more shit than that too ey

  2. ksam January 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Love it!

  3. Anait January 27, 2011 at 2:43 am #

    I’ll have to forward this to my cousin who is dating an Australian šŸ˜‰

    I just found your blog and loved it so much I went through the entire thing this afternoon šŸ™‚

    • Poulette Paris January 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

      Thanks Anait! Forward it on, your cousin will doubtlessly already know how lucky she is though!!

  4. ourfrenchimpressions January 27, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Well, I work on Bastille Day in Sydney, so it is about right that you work on AussieDay in Paris…
    Had a lovely lunch in Bondi at pompei yesterday…just to make you jealous…

    • Poulette Paris January 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      hahaha thanks Jean-marie, but you know what? It doesn’t make me jealous! If you had have told me that you had a lovely BBQ at my best friend’s house in Melbourne and then all went to my mum’s place for a swim – i would be totally jealous!

  5. M January 27, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    i’m missing a ‘like’ button for this post.

    • Poulette Paris January 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      *click* ‘like’! Voila..

  6. Expat Stu January 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    In addition to ‘drongo,’ isn’t there an aussie insult ‘ya great gala’ (with accent on the second a of gala)?

    WTF is a drongo? Or a gala?

    • Poulette Paris January 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

      This is a rather complicated topic, given my growing up in the popular culture age. ‘ya great galah’, to me, if a dirivative of the classic line ‘ya flamin’ galah’ which was a popular insult coined by Alf Stewart of ‘Home and Away’ fame. A galah is a bird – bright pink and white – and commonly flies straight into your windscreen when you are driving through the country. So – flamboyant and a little bit crazy.

      In terms of drongo, you ask an excellent question, i’ve no idea what the F a drongo is, except that i am one, most of the time.

  7. Laurent January 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Hahaha, I once saw a similar translation list for the local dialect of the people where I live in the Netherlands, which is a bit more -er- compact than standard Dutch as well.

    • Poulette Paris January 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

      lol, give us some examples!!

  8. Poulette Paris January 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    For those of you like Stu, who are teetering on the edge of insatiable anxiety, i have done some googling for you.

    A ‘Drongo’ is actually also a bird! And a tropical one at that. I imagine somewhat similar to a Dodo…and the question that begs to be answered is…why are birds so dumb that we name all idiots after them??

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