markodegard at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 29 04:59:32 UTC 2000
This is an Australianism. The online _Sydney Morning Herald_ is wont to use it it its headlines. Looking at the online Macquarie, it's almost as if the SMH *knows* how vulgar the word is in Kiwi.
(the dictionary box is in the lower left corner)
--noun 1. Australian, NZ an incident or series of incidents involving reprehensible or suspect behaviour, especially by officials or politicians. 2. Australian a wild party. 3. NZ ‡ an act of sexual intercourse.
--verb (t) 4. Australian, NZ to take wrongful advantage of; abuse: to rort the system. 5. NZ ‡ to have sexual intercourse with. [origin uncertain]
The word is used in the SMH much as one would use all the inflections of the f-word. It seems to be a word some precious, smutty-minded American needs to spread far and wide: "Rorts in Jerry Fallwell's Church Rock Lynchburg".
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