Apr 14, 2012

A to Z Challenge: M

Posted by AJ Blythe at Saturday, April 14, 2012
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.

8 comments:

Francene Stanley on April 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM said...

I love the macadamia nut. The texture crunches between your teeth and then melts away, leaving a delicious taste. Here in England, they don't have mossies. Or none to speak of. Can't say I miss the little blighters.

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Masquerade Crew on April 14, 2012 at 8:18 PM said...

I want to visit Aussie land, but I dont' want to run into mozzies. Ha!

Visiting for the A to Z Challenge. We're doing guest post writing tips.

Tracy on April 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM said...

Mozzie almost sounds like term of endearment. :)

Hope you're enjoying the A-Z Challenge!

Donna Sexton on April 16, 2012 at 2:11 PM said...

Fun theme!

Anita Joy on April 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM said...

Francene, I envy you not having mozzies. The weather is finally strating to cool a little here so hopefully tyey'll disappear soon.

Anita Joy on April 19, 2012 at 6:50 PM said...

Hi Masquerade Crew, lather on the insect repellant and you'll be fine (well worth the long flight to get here *grin*).

Will pop over and visit your A-Z... always looking for writing tips :)

Anita Joy on April 19, 2012 at 6:51 PM said...

Oh, I wish mozzie was a term of endearment, Tracy, but the viscious bzzz in your ear just as you are trying to drop off to sleep is anything but.

Anita Joy on April 19, 2012 at 6:51 PM said...

Thanks, Donna. Enjoying everyone's A-Z info.

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