Bondi Beach bits; Sydney Opera House; Oz slang (LONG!)
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BONDI BEACH BITS
Bondi Beach is the Malibu of Sydney. You sit around here, see all the
Pamela Andersons and think, yep, it must be Christmas.
Sydney has the second-largest gay population after San Francisco, and
there might be some sort of Christmas parade on Oxford Street, but I'm
leaving here tomorrow.
HE SHOT THROUGH LIKE A BONDI TRAM--A Bondi proverb for real fast.
FACE LIKE IT WAS HIT BY A BONDI TRAM--Butt ugly.
GUIDO'S FAMOUS GELATO--"The Finest authentic gelato made fresh on our
premises. Since 1961."
PELLICIARI'S AT BONDI BEACH--
Mushies on toast
"Mozza" in Carrozza--tasty cheese & char-grilled zucchini in crispy
CAFFE DUE MONDI (at Chifley Plaza)--Offers coffees such as "Megaccino" and
TOASTED SANDWICHES & GOURMET SANDWICHES--usually used instead of
hero/sub/hoagie. "Torpedo rolls" are sold in a local supermarket here.
NEENISH TART--a black & white tart sold at the supermarket in Kings Cross.
The woman behind the counter couldn't help with "Neenish."
VILI DOG--"A smoky cheese kransky sausage, hand wrapped in flaky pastry &
sprinkled with sesame seeds. Sold at the supermarket in Kings Cross.
REVOLUTION (bar at Kings Cross)--a "Kizberri" is Bailey's, Cacao,
Strawberries and cream blended.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (off topic)
The roof contains 1,056,006 white tiles, but I demanded a hand recount.
The tour guide said that only three things are memorable all over the
world--a Coke bottle, Ali's face, and the Sydney Opera House. Who makes this
stuff up? Like no one knows the Statue of Liberty or the Taj Mahal?
OZ SLANG & LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
The Museum of Sydney sells a silly "Australian Slang Generator. It
contains three word wheels.
THE AUSTRALIAN COOK'S DICTIONARY (New Holland, 2000) by Denise Greig is a
title that came up in the library, but I haven't seen it for sale yet. There
is AUSTRALIAN GOURMET MAGAZINE (1966-1970) and AUSTRALIAN GOURMET
(1970-1988), but I didn't have time to go through it. There are also various
issues of VOGUE AUSTRALIA WINE & FOOD COOKBOOK.
The Library of New South Wales (http://library.slnsw.au) has Infoquick,
which has several Australian periodicals from 1988. The earliest "been
there, done that" was 18 Sept. 1990, pg. 7, in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Here are some Australian language/slang books that the library has (most
published in the last 20 years):
188?--THE SYDNEY SLANG DICTIONARY: COMPRISING ALL THE SLANG WORDS AND PHRASES
IN USE IN SYDNEY.
1892--DICTIONARY OF THE SLANG-ENGLISH OF AUSTRALIA AND OF SOME MIXED
LANGUAGES by Karl Lentzner.
1895?--THE AUSTRALIAN SLANG DICTIONARY by Cornelius Crowe.
1919--DIGGER DIALECTS: A COLLECTION OF SLANG PHRASES USED BY THE AUSTRALIAN
SOLDIERS ON ACTIVE SERVICE by W. H. Downing (also reissued 1990).
1959--THE DRUM: AUSTRALIAN CHARACTER AND SLANG by Sidney J. Baker.
1965--LET'S TALK STRINE: A LEXICON OF MODERN STRINE USAGE by Afferbeck Lauder
(also c. 1985).
1980--THE AUSTRALIAN SLANGUAGE: A LOOK AT WHAT WE SAY AND HOW WE SAY IT by
Bill Hornadge (also c. 1986, 1989).
1981--THE VOCABULARY OF CONVICTISM IN NEW SOUTH WALES, 1788-1850 by R.
1982--A DICTIONARY OF AUSTRALIAN SLANG by Sidney J. Baker (also c. 1988).
1982--LILY ON THE DUSTBIN: SLANG OF AUSTRALIAN WOMEN AND FAMILIES by Nancy
1984--LEARN TO TALK OLD JACK LANG: A HANDBOOK OF AUSTRALIAN RHYMING SLANG by
1986--EXPLORING AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH by G. A. Wilkes (also c. 1993).
1986--THE DINKUM AUSSIE DICTIONARY by Crooked Mick of the Speewa (also c.
1988--THE AUSTRALIAN DICTIONARY OF INSULTS AND VULGARITIES by Blind Freddy.
1988--THE PENGUIN BOOK OF AUSTRALIAN SLANG by Lenie Midge Johansen (also c.
1989--THE AUSTRALIAN WAY WITH WORDS by Max Harris.
1990--THE AUSSIE SLANG DICTIONARY FOR OLD AND NEW AUSTRALIANS by John
1991--DINKUM AUSSIE SLANG: A HANDBOOK OF AUSTRALIAN RHYMING SLANG by John
1993--A DICTIONARY OF AUSTRALIAN UNDERWORLD SLANG by Gary Simes.
1994--THE LITTLE BOOK OF AUSSIE INSULTS by Robert Treborlang.
1995--CHINA PLATE=MATE: A COLLECTION OF RHYMING SLANG by Katrina Allen.
1995--JOHN BLACKMAN'S BEST OF AUSSIE SLANG.
1997--OZ SLANG by Peter Howard.
1998--AUSSIE SLANG by John Blackman.
1999--THE LINGO: LISTENING TO AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH by Graham Seal.
1999--AUSSIE SLANG by Sarah Dawson.
1999--GREAT AUSSIE SLANG by Maggie Pinkney.
2000--KIDSPEAK: A DICTIONARY OF AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN'S WORDS, EXPRESSION AND
GAMES by June Factor.
2000--THE LITTLE BOOK OF GREAT AUSSIE SLANG by Sonya Plowman.
2000--ENGLISH IN AUSTRALIA by David Blair and Peter Collins, editors.
MACQUARIE DICTIONARY (various dates)
NEW COLLINS AUSTRALIAN COMPACT DICTIONARY (1985)
OUP has an Australian Dictionary, but I haven't checked the bibliography for
these works. Is it online?
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