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Title:A Dictionary Of Australian Colloquialisms
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Publisher:Sydney University Press
ISBN:0424001136
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Number of Pages:470
Category:Reference, Non fiction, Dictionaries, Australia

A Dictionary Of Australian Colloquialisms by G.A. Wilkes

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Dictionary Of Australian Colloquialisms Now available in a fourth revised and greatly expanded edition A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms records the ingenuity of the Australian vernacular and provides a unique insight into Australian life and culture This well known dictionary first published in offers the first and the most recent colloquial coinages Words and idioms are drawn from a wide range of historical and contemporary sources chiefly newspapers magazines and novels and each entry is shown in context with origins and derivations

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Studying Literature, The Thesis Of Paradise Lost, Ten Essays On Patrick White: Selected From Southerly (1964 67), A Dictionary Of Australian Colloquialisms, The Literatures of the British Commonwealth: Australia and New Zealand (The Literatures of the British Commonwealth), R. D. Fitz Gerald, The Stockyard And The Croquet Lawn: Literary Evidence For Australian Cultural Development, The Colonial Poets, Exploring Australian English, Australian Literature: A Conspectus
No description available, No description available, About the only contact average Americans have had with Australian slang is the well known television commercial that promises to put another shrimp on the barbie if they spend their next vacation Down Under Those that do eventually visit Australia will quickly find an indigenous patois incredibly rich and amusing drawing on everything from American English to the languages of its native peoples And readers of A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms will learn not only that barbie means barbecue but that Down Under is rarely used by Australians themselves The last printed use of the term that G A Wilkes cites in this immensely entertaining guide is a blurb in the Weekend Australian that describes American astronauts cruising high above a Canberra tracking station announcing We have a little Slim Dusty and Waltzing Matilda for the Australians down under br Now available for the first time in the U S the new edition of A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms adds almost new entries as well as over revised ones All of the entries are supported by numerous citations showing how the words are used and special attention is payed to origins and derivations Americans will be interested to learn that many of Australia s colloquialisms have their provenance in American slang the California gold rush of the s having had a particularly powerful effect and that some of our most common expressions have Australian roots To knock meaning to disparage for example while widely used throughout the English speaking world was first recorded in Australia in and not in America until four years later As one might expect many Australianisms were originally English some of them dating from the first arrivals of convicts in the eighteenth century A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms shows how this argot of thieves often passed to general use with words like skinner meaning a betting coup in racing remaining current The humorous expression If it was raining pea soup he d be left with a fork can be traced to a proverb of seventeenth century England and the Australian sense of plant as conceal can be found as far back as Shakespeare br Certainly the traveler planning a journey to Australia will find this dictionary an immense help But above all this is a book meant to be read not simply referred to Anyone interested in language in general and the vibrancy and flux of English in particular will spend many pleasant hours pouring over this book br, No description available