We’re a people of relatively simple tastes, and you’ll notice that virtually everything gets shortened down.I’m certain I’ve missed more than a few here – particularly when it comes to regional variations. A Note on Beer Measurement: Australians love their beer, but they also love to confuse the hell out of anybody ordering it.
The event which takes place over four evenings in the capital sees the illumination of famous landmarks, and the display of artworks by international artists. REUTERS/Toby Melville TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY A girl pushes her dog in a pram after it was blessed by a priest in Benalmadena, near Malaga, Spain, January 17, 2016.
Hundreds of pet owners bring their animals to be blessed every year on the day of San Anton, Spain's patron saint of animals.
Multiculturalism has also contributed to a diversity in Australian comedy, from the work of migrant comedians like Mary Coustas and Anh Do to Aboriginal performers like Ernie Dingo.
Australian stand up comedy has a wide following and the Melbourne Comedy Festival is a major international comedy event.
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It’s a contrasting tongue – a mix of the obvious (calling soda ‘fizzy drink’) and the almost indecipherable (‘putting it on the Never Never’ means paying on a credit card).
Australian English is a language that takes a little getting used to, but I’m hoping this far from complete guide to Australian slang will put you in good stead for those awkward few days where it’s all ‘G’day’ and ‘Strewth’ and you’ve got no idea what’s going on.
Writers like Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson helped to establish a tradition of laconic, ironic and irreverent wit in Australian literature and Australian cultural stereotypes have proved rich sources of comedy for artists from poet C. Dennis to satirist Barry Humphries and iconic film maker Paul Hogan, each of whom have given wide circulation to Australian slang.