Apr 30, 2012

A to Z Challenge: Z

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, April 30, 2012 3 comments
Z is for Zonked

Zonked is what I am after completing the A to Z challenge *wink*. It's another Aussie slang word and means tired, worn out.

Apr 28, 2012

A to Z Challenge: Y

Posted by AJ Blythe at Saturday, April 28, 2012 2 comments
Y is for Yowie

Yowie statue at Kilcoy, Queensland
The yowie is an unidentified human-like creature reportedly lurking in the Australian bush. In the same manner as the Yeti or Bigfoot, there have been numerous sightings, but never any proof the Yowie exists.

Apr 27, 2012

A to Z Challenge: X

Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, April 27, 2012 0 comments
X is for XXXX

XXXX (pronounced fourex) is a brand of Australian beer brewed locally here in Brisbane. The name is a throwback to the long standing tradition of using Xs to indicate the strength of an ale.

Apr 26, 2012

A to Z Challenge: W

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 26, 2012 0 comments
W is for Western Australia, Witchetty Grubs and Waltzing Matilda

Western Australia is the countries largest state and occupies the western third of the country. The majority of inhabitants live in the south-western corner of the state which is known for its mining, wine-making industry, wildflowers and outback.

The term Witchetty Grub is used to describe the large, white wood-eating larvae of several moth species. The term is mainly used when the larvae are being considered as food. The grub is a very imporant food of the desert and was a staple diet food of Aboriginal people.

Waltzing Matilda by Banjo Paterson is the unofficial national anthem of Australia and is our best known bush ballad. The title is Australian slang for travelling by foot with one's goods in a "Matilda" (bag) slung over one's back.

Apr 25, 2012

A to Z Challenge: V

Posted by AJ Blythe at Wednesday, April 25, 2012 0 comments
V is for V8s, Victoria and Vegemite

V8 Supercars is a touring car racing series based in Australia (although there are overseas rounds including New Zealand and Abu Dhabi) and includes street and track races, as well as sprint and endurance rounds.

Victoria is the south-eastern most state of the Australian mainland. It is Australia's most densely populated state, and has a highly centralised population, with almost 75% of Victorians living inits capital, Melbourne.

Vegemite is a black spread made from yeast extract. Unique to Australia it's loved by Aussies ("happy little vegemites") but generally disliked by tourists. It's eaten on toast or bread.

Lest We Forget...

Posted by AJ Blythe at Wednesday, April 25, 2012 0 comments

ANZAC Day is the day we remember not only those who landed on the beach at Gallipoli in 1915, but all Australians who served and died in war, conflict and peacekeeping missions.

Apr 24, 2012

A to Z Challenge: U

Posted by AJ Blythe at Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2 comments
U is for Uluru and Ute

Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is a large sandstone rock formation in the Northern Territory. World heritage listed the rock is sacred to the local Aborignal people of the area.

A ute in Australia is a vehicle that has an open-cargo carrying space.

Apr 23, 2012

A to Z Challenge: T

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, April 23, 2012 2 comments
T is for Tasmania, Thongs and Two-Up

Tasmania is our only island state. Found off the tip of the south-eastern mainland, about 37% of Tasmania is national parks and World Heritage sites. It is also the home of the Tasmanian Devil (that's right, the Looney Tunes character is based on a real animal).

Thongs is another of those words that has a unique meaning in Australia. Down Under a thong is a type of footwear, called a flip-flop in other parts of the world.

Two-up is a traditional Australian gambling game. To play a 'spinner' throws 2 coins in the air and players gamble on whether the coins fall with both heads up, both tails up or one head and one tail. The game is illegal in Australia except on Anzac Day. Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand on 25 April (this Wednesday) every year. It honours the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War 1 (although it now commemorates all those who died and served in military operations).

Apr 21, 2012

A to Z Challenge: S

Posted by AJ Blythe at Saturday, April 21, 2012 5 comments
S is for South Australia and Swag

 A swag is a bundle of belongings rolled and carried on the back of a traveller on foot. A modern swag is a waterproof canvas sleeping compartment that is sometimes insect-proof.
South Australia is the state in the central south of the country. Well known for its wine, the state has amazing geography from its coast to its desert inland.

Apr 20, 2012

A to Z Challenge: R

Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, April 20, 2012 0 comments
R is for Rainforest and Root

Australia's most famous rainforest is the Daintree. Found on the north eastern coast of Queensland it is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. A beautiful place to visit in parts the rainforest grows right down to the edge of the sea.

I've included the word root in the context of Aussie slang. And the reason I've included it is because its meaning here in Oz is so very different to that in the USA that it can get some very strange looks and laughs from Aussies. Here root is another word for sex. So when we hear of Americans saying they root for their team... *grin*.

Apr 19, 2012

A to Z Challenge: Q

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 19, 2012 12 comments
Q is for Quoll, Queensland and Quokka

Quolls are a carnivorous marsupial native to Australia and New Guinea. The Eastern Quoll is extinct on mainland Australia and is now found only in Tasmania.

Queensland, my home state, is the north-eastern state of Australia. Known as the 'Sunshine State' it is the second largest state in the country, and ranges from a tropical to subtropical climate.

The Quokka is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat. Like the kangaroo it is herbivorous. It has a very limited distribution with its most well known location Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth (the capital of Western Australia).

Apr 18, 2012

A to Z Challenge: P

Posted by AJ Blythe at Wednesday, April 18, 2012 0 comments
P is for Pavlova, Platypus and Pie

Pavlova is a summer dessert and a fave to have after a BBQ. Made from whipped egg white and sugar and baked, it is then laden with cream and fresh summer fruits. Yum.

The platypus (an Aussie native) is a monotreme - a mammal that lays eggs. Semi-aquatic it has a duck-like bill and webbed feet. While both males and females are born with ankle spurs, the male spur has venom (strong enough to kill a small dog but not fatal to humans).

In Australia we have two types of pie - savoury pies and sweet pies. Savoury pies are pastry filled with meat and gravy - sometimes with vegetables. Eaten with tomato sauce (ketchup to those in the USA) they are a common meal in Australia.

Apr 17, 2012

A to Z Challenge: O

Posted by AJ Blythe at Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4 comments
O is for Outback and Oz

Oz is another slang term for Australia. In our love of shortening things, Australia goes to Aus... which is than shortened to Oz.

The outback is that large, remote area of Australia away from our urban areas (which are centred around coastal regions).

Apr 16, 2012

A to Z Challenge: N

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, April 16, 2012 2 comments
N is for New South Wales and Northern Territory

New South Wales is the most populated states in Australia (about 7.2 million people). Its capital is probably one of the best known cities of Australia, Sydney, although it isn't the capital of the country (which is Canberra in the Autralian Capital Territory, or ACT).

The Northern Territory is one of two territories in Australia. Sparesly populated (about 230,000 people) it's the home to Uluru and Kakadu - both famous World Heritage areas.

Apr 14, 2012

A to Z Challenge: M

Posted by AJ Blythe at Saturday, April 14, 2012 8 comments
M is for Macadamia, Mate and Mozzie

Mate is slang for friend, although in Australia it is also used as a friendly term, like 'thanks, mate' - even if you aren't necessarily a personal friend of the person.

Mozzie is another example of how Aussies like to shorten everything. Mozzie is our term for a mosquito (a blood-sucking pest found throughout my home state of Queensland along with most other parts of Australia).

The macadamia nut is an Australian native. Originally called a bauple nut (pronounced bopple), locals from the area it originated from (Mt Bauple near the towns of Tiaro and Bauple in Queensland) still refer to it that way. It has been exported and is now grown in many other parts of the world including Hawaii.

Apr 13, 2012

A to Z Challenge: L

Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, April 13, 2012 0 comments
L is for Lollies and Lyrebird

Lollies are an Australian word for small pieces of a sweet treat, known in other parts of the world as sweets or candy.

The lyrebird is a native Aussie bird. The male has a gorgeous tail that resembles a lyre, but the thing it is most famous for is its ability to mimic *anything*.  Birds in the wild, particularly those close to people, have been found imitating chainsaws, hammering, cars etc. I'll let the clip speak for itself.

Apr 12, 2012

A to Z Challenge: K

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 12, 2012 4 comments
K is for King Brown, Kookaburra and Koala

The king brown is a large snake, growing to 3m/9.8'.  It is found in most parts of the country and feeds on lizards, birds, frogs and small mammals. The king brown is one of Australia's venemous snakes (the 20th most venemous in the world - of which Australia has the top 11, and 20 of the top 25).

Kookaburras are a large species of kingfisher notable by the fact their call resembles laughter.

The koala is one of Australia's most well recognised animals. Often incorrectly referred to as koala bears (no relation to a bear) they are a tree dwelling marsupial that feeds on gum leaves (eucalypts).

Apr 11, 2012

A to Z Challenge: J

Posted by AJ Blythe at Wednesday, April 11, 2012 0 comments
J is for Jackaroo (Jillaroo), Jumbuck and Joey

Jackaroos (males) and Jillaroos (females) work in the outback on sheep and cattle stations, basically as station hands. A full description of their role can be found here.

Jumbuck is the name given to a sheep and immortalised in the song "Waltzing Matilda" (visit me on W-day for more on this).

Joey is a baby kangaroo. Joeys live in a pouch on their mother's belly.

Apr 10, 2012

A to Z Challenge: I

Posted by AJ Blythe at Tuesday, April 10, 2012 4 comments
I is for Ice Block, Ironbark and Irukandji Jellyfish

An ice-block is a cold, sweet treat on a stick. Made from a water base or an ice-cream base they are also known as popsicles in other parts of the world.

Ironbark is a type of gum tree (Eucalyptus species) and like all gums native to Australia. The ironbark is different to a lot of gums in that it doesn't shed its bark annually. Instead the bark accumulates and provides protection for the tree from fire.

The irukandji is a tiny jellyfish (2.5cm/1" diameter) found in northern Australian waters. Although tiny it can cause the death of a person in a matter of days (the first recorded death was in 2002). The irukandji is related to another deadly Australian jellyfish, the box jellyfish.

Apr 9, 2012

A to Z Challenge: H

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, April 09, 2012 2 comments
H is for Hard Yakka and Hills Hoist

Hard yakka is the term Aussies give to hard work, as in 'it was hard yakka digging up the garden'. The word 'yakka' is derived from an Aboriginal word for work. Hard Yakka is also a brand of Aussie workwear.

A hills hoist is an Australian invention - a type of outdoor clothes line. Height adjustable rotary style, it is common in our backyards (with so much sunshine it's the cheapest way to dry our clothes). It's also great fun for kids who, no matter how often they are told not to, hang on to the wires and spin around for a ride.

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