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    Posted: 19 Feb 2014 at 01:29
In the Australian vernacular, a bloke is a man, and the highest accolade a man could ask for is to be called "a Good Bloke".

Women used to be called "Shielas" but this has given way to birds or chicks.

A tall bloke would probably be nick-named shorty;

A short bloke could be called lofty;

A bald bloke would be curly;

A fat bloke, slim or tiny;

Skinny blokes would be called bones.

Where in the world to be called a bastard would be acceptable, in Oz it's quite acceptable, as in "Ya silly bastard" or "Ya old bastard", but it's all in the tone of voice and/or facial expression.

To knock off is to finish work for the day, but it's also to steal something;

Buggery is not a sexual act, it's some far away place, as in "Go to buggery".

Similarly, "The Black Stump" is someplace where you wouldn't really want to live beyond-very far away.

A drovers dog-his best mate, bar none. Don't dare insult it.

City blokes-haven't got a clue.

Country blokes-salt of the earth.

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Woolabra Wonga, toyomotor. Know anything? Many years ago heard this on a advert I think. Is it real?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote toyomotor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Feb 2014 at 05:09
Originally posted by ALLAN ALLAN wrote:



[DIV]<span style="color: rgb68, 68, 68; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-weight: bold; line-height: 16.1200008392334px;">Woolabra Wonga, toyomotor. Know anything? Many years ago heard this on a advert I think. Is it real?</span>[/DIV]


It could be an Aboriginal expression, I've never heard it before.
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Hello mate  (did you forget that one?) Smile

The Danish Crown Princess is a beautiful and intelligent Sheila from Taz - Crownprincess Mary.





   
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Panther Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Feb 2014 at 10:24
Curly - slim - silly old bastard doesn't sound like Australian slang to me. Sounds like one of the missus jabs aimed at me. Of course, when i look in the mirror all i see is the salt of the earth.


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I think you mean "G'day mate" ;)

And yes, Crown Princess Mary is a lady of whom we're immensely proud.

"How ya goin mate?"

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Originally posted by Captain Vancouver Captain Vancouver wrote:

Ripper mate..




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Originally posted by toyomotor toyomotor wrote:

Originally posted by ALLAN ALLAN wrote:



<span style="color: rgb68, 68, 68; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-weight: bold; line-height: 16.1200008392334px;">Woolabra Wonga, toyomotor. Know anything? Many years ago heard this on a advert I think. Is it real?</span>


It could be an Aboriginal expression, I've never heard it before.

Could be right. All I can remember is it being in a very famous Oz ad some years back.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote toyomotor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 2014 at 05:03
No argument from me.

But all advertisements shown on the big island aren't necessarily shown here in Tasmania.

Incidentally, the "Big Island" or "North Island" is that land mass directly to our north, commonly called Australia.
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I'm a bit late to reply but oddly enough I was just reminiscing about adverts from years ago when they were funny. The term woolabra Wonga appeared in an advert for Kestrel Lager (if I remember correctly). It featured a man at one end of a veranda on an old shack in the desert and three aborigines at the other end. It began something like:

"G'day, got a bit of a grog shop here where I brew the odd drop of the amber nectar".

He went on to explain that his customers had now discovered Kestrel lager which they preferred and they called his brew "woolabra Wonga" which according to the advert was aborigine for sheep dip. I have no idea whether it actually means that but that's what the advert said. My memory for the product may be wrong though but I am fairly sure it was Kestrel. There was someone with a posh English accent translating the guy's Australian phrases into English which spoilt the advert a bit I thought but it was still funny.

Anyway, I hope this helps.

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Sorry to reply to myself but I just found the advert on Youtube. Not sure if the forum allows links to be posted but I am sure that a search on Youtube for Kestrel outback 1982 will find it. Anyway, here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxihCP4g8Pg&feature=youtu.be
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Colin,

Over the past 30yrs or more, Australian slang has become replaced with American slang, thanks to television and movies.

Political correctness has also played a role; if I were to say, "Off like Lizzies drawers", meaning that an animal or a human had started a race quickly, I'd be accused of sex discrimination, meanwhile, "Stone the flamin crows" would probably be viewed an an invitation to animal cruelty.

You just can't win!
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