Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Fair Dinkum English

Aussie cricketers speaking after their match is the only time I heard some of Aussie accent. Living here certainly made it different for me. So, when you have a few tinnies around the barbie and get pissed you certainly are feeling a bit Aussie. For Desis it is drinking beer while cooking meat in the open and getting drunk.

Just listen to this joke which went around a couple of years ago. Perfect example of how the Aussie accent confuses us Indians who make it a point to speak the queen's English.

It's not just the way we (yes, I consider myself a bit of Aussie now) speak but the way large words gets shortened, cause we cannot be buggered to say the whole word. So, the favorite pastime Barbecue becomes a barbie and the postman is a postie, a linesman is a liney and a sick leave is a sickie. Takes a bit of getting used to, but fun to use.

A 'total bastard' is a real close friend and a bit of a bastard is the real enemy. While, getting into the real Aussie English takes some time, you have to make a fair dinkum effort to get along with it.

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5 comments :

  1. Aala Santhosh Reddy said...

    Thats goodie ozzie

  2. Yashashwini Y P said...

    Hey I must say you have a natural flair for writing features. I love the way you start and keep the readers hooked on. Great job? Or is there a hidden creative writing course up your sleeve? Both ways, CLAP CLAP!

  3. Anonymous said...

    mate, that wasnt exactly queen's english... but hey, you're a total bastard!!!!

    love, the girls....

  4. Aravind said...

    Thanks Ugs and Marsha. ;)

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