Before I left, Weiner [one of the two editors of the OED] said he remembered how baffled he had been the first time he heard an Australian talk about the 'arvo'. Australians used the -o suffix a lot, he reflected. Arvo, smoko, garbo, journo. But not all -o words were Australian, said Simpson [the other of the two editors]: eg 'aggro' and 'cheapo'. I asked if they were familiar with the Oz usage 'acco', meaning 'academic'. They liked that. I hoped, after I left, they would enter it on one of their little slips and add it to their gigantic compost heap - a candidate for admission to the next edition.
We trust that Edmund Weiner and John Simpson did not take a citation, since the Australian abbreviation of academic is not acco but acca sometimes spelt acker. The editor of MeanjinJim Davidson, adds a footnote: 'acca slightly derogatory 1, noun An academic rather than an intellectual, particularly adept at manipulating trendiologies, usually with full scholarly apparatus.
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Hence 2, noun A particularly sterile piece of academic writing. To exert a pressure that is difficult to resist; to exert such pressure on a person, etc.
This idiom is derived from acid test which is a test for gold or other precious metal, usually using nitric acid. Acid test is also used figuratively to refer to a severe or conclusive test. The Australian idiom emerged in the early 20th century and is still heard today.
When the stewards 'put the acid on' the riders it was found that only one exhibit in a very big field carried a boy who was not over ten years old. It would put the acid on putative challengers and catch them out if they are not ready.
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A jocular and frequently derisive name for Australian Rules Football or Aussie Rules as it is popularly called. The term derives from the fact that the play in this game is characterised by frequent exchanges of long and high kicks. The term is used largely by people from States in which Rugby League and not Aussie Rules is the major football code. This interstate and code rivalry is often found in evidence for the term, including the early evidence from the s.
A team from Sydney was admitted to the national competition inand one from Brisbane was admitted in These teams are based in traditional Rugby League areas, yet have drawn very large crowds, and have been very successful. While the term is perhaps not as common as it once was there is still evidence from more recent years.
A shallow-crowned wide-brimmed hat, especially one made from felted rabbit fur. It is a ificant feature of rural Australia, of politicians especially urban-based politicians travelling in the outback, and of expatriates who wish to emphasis their Australianness.
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Now a proprietary name, our earliest evidence comes from an advertisement. Yes, the smartest hat that's made in our own country may be seen in our hat department The definition of the limits of an industrial dispute. In later use chiefly as ambit claim. In Australian English an ambit claim is one typically made by employees which sets the boundaries of an industrial dispute.
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The term is a specific use of ambit meaning 'extent, compass'. First recorded in the s. Mr Justice Powers to-day delivered judgment on the point. He said that the ambit of the dispute before the Court was confined to constructional work, but that the Court could and would deal with claims for maintenance work. An ambulance officer.
This is an abbreviation that follows a very common Australian pattern of word formation, with —o added to the abbreviated form. Other examples include: arvo afternoonSalvo Salvation army officerdermo dermatologistand gyno gynaecologist. The -o form is often found at the ending of Australian nicknames, as in Johno, Jacko, and Robbo. Ambo was first recorded in the s. Something extremely impressive; the best of its kind. Ant's pants is an Australian variant of the originally US forms bee's knees and cat's whiskers with the same meaning.
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The term is first recorded in the s. They're the Ant's Pants for Value. Parsons Return to Moondilla : 'Liz is busting to see you', Pat said. An Australian soldier. Anzac denotes the virtues of courage and determination displayed by the First World War Australian soldiers at Gallipoli in First recorded A sweet biscuit typically containing rolled oats and golden syrup.
While variations on this classic recipe exist, its simplicity is its hallmark. The association with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps goes back to when the recipe was first recorded. The biscuits are also known simply as Anzacs. The following quotations show the evolution of the recipe:. Beat butter and sugar to cream, add eggs well beaten, lastly flour, rice flour baking powder, cinnamon and spice.
Mix to stiff paste, roll and cut into biscuits. Bake a nice light brown in moderate oven.
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When cold jam together and ice. Two breakfast-cupfuls of John Bull oats, half a cupful sugar, one scant cupful plain flour, half a cupful melted butter. Mix one table-spoonful golden syrup, two table-spoonfuls boiling water, and one teaspoon-ful bicarbonate of soda, until they froth, then add the melted butter.
Mix in dry ingredients and drop in spoonfuls on greased tray. Bake in a slow oven. Everything is fine, all is well. Australian English often uses the feminine pronoun she where standard English would use it.
She's apples was originally rhyming slang - apple and spice or apple and rice for 'nice'. The phrase has now lost all connection with its rhyming slang origin. First recorded in the s the term can still be heard today.
MacQuarrie We and Baby : 'She'll be apples! Afternoon, as in see you Saturday arvo. It is often used in the phrase this arvowhich is sometimes shortened to sarvo : meet you after the game, sarvo. Arvo is an example of a special feature of Australian English, the habit of adding -o to an abbreviated word. First recorded in the s and still going strong today.
The phrase was first recorded in the s. In recent years it has also been used with reference to questions of gender identity, and in this sense it has been exported to other countries. Australia; Australian. The abbreviation Aussie is a typical example of the way Australians abbreviate words and then add the -ie or -y suffix.
Other common examples includes budgie a budgerigarrellie a relativeand tradie a tradesperson. The word is used as a noun to refer to the country and to a person born or residing in the country, and as an adjective denoting something relating to Australia.
Aussie is also used as an abbreviation for 'Australian English' and the 'Australian dollar'. The earliest evidence for Aussie occurs in the context of the First World War. Moberly Experiences 'Dinki Di' R. Nurse : A farewell dance for the boys going home to 'Aussie' tomorrow.
Nurse : One of our Aussie officers.