Thursday, February 19, 2015

Aussie Slang


 Recently a couple of things were said that made me smile.  A work mate used the word 'grouse' to describe how much fun she had at a night out ('Matty, I had such a grouse time') and someone else said they were so annoyed with something they wanted to "wring it's neck". Geez Louise, I can't remember the last time I heard these words/phrases used!

The great thing about slang and colloquial words and phrases, is that we are still able to get our point across to those who are part of our 'social collective'. Language is ever evolving and depending on where you come from, live and who you socialise with, you may well use language that others will not understand. New words/phrases are constantly being created and old words and phrase may fall by the wayside and be forgotten. I have seen (and loved it) the look on the face's of those who didn't understand what was seeing said when they heard such things as:

'She'll be apples'
'That's my blue'
'Ahh ya Bludger
"Pop on ya togs/budgie smugglers"
  'Let it rip'
'Built like a brick shithouse'
'That party was shithouse'
'Ya a bloody Bogan, that's what you are'
'Watch out for Bunyips!'
 'Go on, chuck a sickie!'
'You're as mean as cat's piss'
'Ahh, I feel like a Coldie'
'Pass the dead horse'
'He's a dag!'
'Fair Dinkum'
'and we grabbed the doovalacky...' also used are 'Thingo', 'Wadjamacallit', 'Thingummy' & 'whatsit'.
'Fair suck of the sav!'
'Ya Galah!'
'Give it a burl'

'He's a mongerel!'
"Have a go ya mug!'
'We're off to the never never'
 'In the nud/nuddy'
'you want to see my old fella?'
'It's a piece of piss, mate'.
'Pigs arse!'
Bring a plate!' (and they do, except the plate is empty!)
'That'd be right'
She'll be right'
'It's ridgy didge!'
It was a real rip snorter!'
"I'll have a roadie/traveller'
'The fridge is rooted!'
'I'm a two pot screamer!'
'That stands out like a shag on a rock!'
'Hows that new sheila?'
'I'll have some spag bol'
'You know that new bloke's a sheepshagger'

'Mate I'm stonkered'.
'He's gone troppo'

'I'm true blue mate'
'Your as useful as tits on a bull'.
'Don't chuck a wobbly'
'It's gone walkabout'
'You wacker!'
'Hes from woop woop'.
'Chuck a yewy'
'Ya bloody yob/yobbo'.

If you need some help with any of the above, check out Koala net's slang dictionary!

I'm gonna piss off now, but if your noggin starts working and you've got anything of worth to share,
don't be a wuss, give us a hoy! Hooroo!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

An afternoon of art and tea.

Dear Friends,
I would humbly like to invite you to an afternoon of art and tea.
There will be conversation, friendly faces, something to nibble on and my abstract photography to view and purchase.

This will take place on:
Sunday the 15th of February, between 2-4pm.

the venue is:
Umberto Espresso Bar.
822 High St, Thornbury 3071
(up near the Dundas St, intersection).

There will be hot and cold beverages (both alcoholic and non) to purchase at the venue, on the day.

I will be arranging some small things to nibble on and for catering purposes, it would be greatly appreciated if you can advise  me if you will be popping in (hopefully with friends!), by Tuesday the 10th of February.

People have asked the size of prints and the cost:
I have framed prints in three sizes, 8 x 12 inches,   12 x 18 Inches and 20 x 30 inches.
Prices ranges from $100 - $390.

I do hope you can attend on the day. If not, have no fear. The exhibition is on until Sunday the 14th of March.  Umberto's hours  are: Wednesday to Sunday 8am-9pm (i.e. closed Monday and Tuesday). The food is great and they do get busy, so it is best to book if you intend to go on an evening!

Looking forward to seeing you,

Photo of me, by D.G.

A taste of some of the art to view:

Photograph of myself, copyright DG. All other images, copyright matthew schiavello 2015