Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What Australian slang has given the world

“G’day Mate. Put another shrimp on the barbie”.

Australia is as well-known for its unique turns of phrase as it is for its ubiquitous meat pie. But few realise how many terms in use around the world originated down under, writes Mark Gwynn for BBC Culture:

"In 2013, ‘selfie’ became Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year. It’s become such a ubiquitous word, but few stop to think about where it came from. It may come as a surprise to learn that is has its origins in Australia: the first evidence of the word in use comes from an online forum entry by the Australian Nathan Hope, who posted a photo of his lip, which he says he cut while drinking at a mate’s 21st birthday party."

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