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You Know You're Australian If ...

Miss Cellania has a fun list "You know you're Australian if ..." on her blog. Includes such gems as:

3. You think it's normal to have a leader called Kevin.

9. You pronounce Melbourne as "Mel-bin".

7. You believe it makes sense for a country to have a $1 coin that's twice as big as its $2 coin.

I can't believe there's no mention of barbie: Link


I have to say, when i was over in Aus last November i was rather impressed by the whole $2 being smaller than the $1 thing, makes a lot of sense when you think about it
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I'm pretty sure that if you'd asked the Viscount Melbourne, after whom both the Floridian and Victorian cities of Melbourne are named (well strictly speaking, at least according to Wikipedia, Melbourne Florida is in fact named after Melbourne Victoria), he'd have pronounced it closer to 'Melb'n' than 'Mel-booorne'.
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I've ALWAYS pronounced Melbourne "mel-bin", although there is a kind of an "r" sound that you get in there if you do it just right.
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Chuckled at this. Got a bit to add:
1. Am Australian. Not far from Woolloomooloo as I type.
2. The 10c coin is BIGGER than the 5c coin. Proof: www.toxiccustard.com/australia/coins.jpg
3. About half the population *hates* Crocodile Dundee. The rest don't really care.
4. It's extremely rare you hear anyone use the word 'barbie'. It's usually BBQ. We say 'prawn', not 'shrimp'. It's uncommon to hear 'little beauty' - although it's shortened to 'beaut' in some areas. 'G'day' is only used by salesmen and tourism campaigns. 'Bugger' is an extremely mild swear word, and the word 'bloody' is generally used as punctuation.
5. Hamburgers become 90% more tasty with beetroot on. Even though the lettuce goes pink.
6. #22 on that list - if you're in a pub in Newcastle ('Newy' - see #27) on a Friday and that song plays, you may leave with mild tinnitus.
7. THE BLOODY WAGON WHEEL *IS* SMALLER. It's a travesty.
8. A friendly note to those fashionable types I saw in NYC wearing ugh boots ('uggies' - see #27) out and about - our rednecks are called 'bogans', and they've done the same for 30 years or more. Classy.
9. He's not Kevin - he's Big Kev. Or Ruddy. See #27.
10. Of all our insanely dangerous native species, Drop Bears are easily the most deadly.
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@mamfidd

Well I'm also from Oz, also just up the road from woollomoolloo as we speak (you're probably sitting next to me and I don't know) and while I agree with most of what you've written, I definitely disagree with:

4. Gday is used ALL THE TIME. What do you say? Hello??
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Man I loved that.

I'm a Scots/Irish Aussie permanent resident who fell in love with the country long ago.

here are a few more.

1) A rotary clothes drier should be strong enought to spin with up to 8 kids hanging off it. God bless the Hills hoist.

2) You think that the anthem should be waltzing Mathilda despite it being about a sheep thief.

3) You know that "Grouse" is a superlative.

4) It is entirely normal to have towns half of whom are named after water logged pommie places and the other half are aboriginal viz Aubrey and Wodonga

5) The only thing that can improve a burger with beetroot is a runny fried egg.

6) If you are from Melbourne (Mel-bin)you can swear a bit in Greek despite not being Greek or ever having been to Greece.

7) Again if you are from Melb/Vic you know what this means.

Megalo megalo megalo atta Franco Cozzo inna Brunnas-wig anna Foodis-gray.
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Re #12 on that list. You REALLY now you're Australian if you know who changed the words of the Acca Dacca song to:
"It's a long way to the shop if you want a Chikko Roll". Bonus points if you know what a Chikko Roll is.
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For those who don't know what "Dazza and Shazza played Acca Dacca on the way to Maccas." means its'

Darren and Sharon played AC/DC on the way to McDonalds

And that's AC/DC the band not any kinky swing hitting shenanigans.
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I don't know much about Australia or New Zealand but I've got to say that Flight of the Conchords is HILARIOUS.
"He may be dead"... "He maybe did what"... "No, he may be DEAD" LOL
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Polx - I laughed so hard at: Megalo megalo megalo atta Franco Cozzo inna Brunnas-wig anna Foodis-gray. Those commercials are awesome!

Ah it brought me back to driving past Franko Cozzo at Footscray trying to get to the city.
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Addendum:
If you have experienced these;
1) When you get a phone call on your cell phone,you answer and you pay for the call.
2)1) When you get a SMS message and unwanted and uninvited rintone SMS message on your cell phone,you pay for the call.
3)You egt a single ring on your cell phone and you stupidly make a return call - you pay for it.This happens
with all Aussie telcos.
5)Because of John Howard, all employees has to wait 3 months probation period.During that time you earn employers' contributions to your superannuation.For years, procedures been thoroughly abused by thousand and one Superannuation Fund Managers armed with pertinent Superannuation Law. Only Employers (contributors) can open your account with your name and no ID required) call a shot and do with Company they tied up with.Before 3 months you leave and get another job and you get another account with another Superannuation Fund Managers.So on ,and after 2 - 3 years you go on closing all acounts and request for transfer to one you prefer to have.That time your ID is required to transfer to other account with your same name and it usually takes 3 months( a drawn-out process).
After enduring so much, idiot George Bush from USA messed up the world financial system and your savings becomes FROZEN or disappeared.
6) knows the meaning of weird slang - hokidori ( literally means OK)
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I recently returned from Europe having failed to start a contraction trend in their greetings:-
Germany - G'tag
France - B'jur
Italy - B'jorno
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mamfidd...

Extremely RARE to hear anyone say "barbie"? I live in the Goldfields in WA, in other words the OUTBACK you know that place where anyone from the eastern states wouldn't know anything about. (PS There is no outback in NSW or VIC.)

Well, here we say "barbie" all the time, as well as "little beauty" AND "g'day" AND "cobber" AND "cud" so my advice for you is come back when your a true aussie and not a sofy seppo clone. You wouldn't be able to hold a conversation out in the country yourself, nothing soft gets in.

For you non-aussies reading this, it is a prime example of West vs East (in states that is).

Catcha 'round, MATE.
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