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July 31, 2005

Aussie BBQ II

Last weekend, I posted the Aussie BBQ song and I thought I would follow this up with an excellent piece on BBQ's from G'day! Teach Yourself Australian. The book has a series of dialogues (in Strine of course) followed by questions and exercises:

Lesson 10: Going on a Barbie
Mrs Foster gas organised with Davo's wife Shirl for them all to go for a barbie in the Ku-ring-gai. It's freezing, so they get rugged up and hit the road. Mr Foster reckons he'd rather spend the weekends at home than tear-arsing around the countryside.
Davo brings his daughter Leigh, her boyfriend, a drongo called Jason, and their two ankle-biters. As soon as they get there Davo and Mr Foster crack the tinnies, while Mrs Foster and Shirl sit down and start flapping their gums, and Jason is left in charge of cooking the snaggers.
Instant Conversation
DAVO: Check it out - coulden organise a piss-up in a brewery. Ace it up son - yer burnin the snags!
JASON: Doan go crook at me! You cook the bastards!
(He stomps off. There is a scream.)
DAVO: Wassgowinon?
SHIRL: Little Daryl lost is thong an there's bindis right through the grass.
DAVO: I told imter wear sanshoes! Little sook - tell imter stop blubbin or e'll get a right-ander.
(There is another scream - shriller than the first)
DAVO: Now what?
LEIGH: Desiree's got bombed by the maggies.
SHIRL: No bloody wonder. She was firin er ging attem.
LEIGH: She's bleeding. Anyone got a Band-aid?
(The blowies appear out of nowhere. Desiree chucks up over Davo's trousers. Les decides to nick off. He gets in the Kingswood, chucks a u-ey and heads back towards the main drag.)
DAVO: Wairyagowin? We was jus startin dava good time! (to the others) Jeez ... owd ya be, eh?

Any questions about the vocabulary? No. All right then, try the exercises:

  1. Put some toothpaste in a frying pan. Cook it. Drop it on the floor. Eat it. This is the taste and consistency expected from a barbied snagger.

  2. Practise bring up your child in the Australian manner: tell it not to be a sook; order it to stop blubbing; give it a right-hander (not necessarily in that order).

  3. Put your finger down your throat. Chuck up.

  4. Explain in your own words why Desiree is a stupid name to give a child, especially an Australian girl.

  5. Organise a piss-up in a brewery.

I particularly want to know if the last exercise presented any challenge :-)

Posted by Ozguru at July 31, 2005 12:00 PM

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That is really unfair - like posting in another language. For the non-Aussies, please note that a "piss-up" is a drinking session. Hence it should be trivial to hold a "piss-up" in a brewery.

Posted by: Rofl [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 31, 2005 10:43 PM

"Strine" is too tough for me. I'm glad you write in "American".

Posted by: Old Horsetail Snake at August 1, 2005 02:17 AM

For some of the "Damagers" I now work for, the last item would not only present a challenge, they'd be so far off they'd organise it in the sewage plant in error!

Posted by: The Gray Monk at August 2, 2005 06:52 PM