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April 05, 2006

Kiwi vs Aussie

Yesterday, I received a technical question: How can you tell if a young lady is from New Zealand or Australia. The questioner did not want to accidentally offend the young lady in question (and getting that wrong: kiwi vs Aussie) would be offensive!

The traditional answer is to ask someone to count to 10 - the Kiwi gets distracted* about half way through.

A more polite answer would be to ask them to read a short prayer by Fr. John McGrath MSC:

A Child's Night Prayer
Jesus tender Shepherd hear me.
Bless thy little child tonight.
Thru the darkness be Thou near me,
Keep me safe till morning light.
All this day Thy hand hast led me
And I thank Thee for Thy care.
Thou hast warmed, clothed and fed me;
Listen to my evening prayer;
Let my sins be all forgiven;
Bless the friends I love so well;
Take me when I die to Heaven -
Happy there with Thee to dwell.

This poem rhymes correctly** when read by a Kiwi, it does not when read by an Aussie. Show it to your young lady and listen carefully....

[* Kiwis say 'sex' instead of 'six']
[** A kiwi will read "hiven" instead of "heaven" which rhymes with "forgiven"]

Posted by Ozguru at April 5, 2006 12:00 PM