More English words, Australian style

My vocabulary is much more robust today than it was three posts ago. Thanks to the folks down under!

I think, these are all nominees for the Word of the Year Award, as well.

Tanorexia – the result of too much suntan
Arse Antlers – tattoo in that fashionable area above the buttocks
Butt Bra – the kind that raises the profile of the buttocks to go with your arse antlers
Manscaping – refers to removal of body hair for men; sometimes tied to the female preoccupation with the Lady Garden, or pubic zone
Infomania – for those who constantly put aside the job at hand to concentrate on incoming email and text messages
Password Fatigue – frustration from having too many passwords to recall
Floordrobe – someone’s clothes spread around the house, clean or otherwise
Credit Card Tart – someone who shifts loans around from one credit card to pay for another
Glass Cliff – refers to people placed in jobs with high risk of failure because they belong to a group not well represented in leadership positions, such as women
Chindia – joining China and India in terms of their fast growing strategic and economic clout in the world
Great Firewall of China – refers to the block preventing Chinese internet users from accessing online sites deemed undesirable by the Chinese government. To get around it may take a Cyberathlete, or professional computer game player
Climate Canary – refers to a geographical feature, plant or animal species pointing to climate change
Toad Juice – refers to a liquid fertilizer produced in Australia from pulverized cane toads, an introduced environmental pest marching its way across the continent

Think I’m making these up? Read the news! Now, make up your own word, and vote for it.

Oh yeah, I know a little Aussie word myself…. Foster’s. 🙂 Cheers, mate!

2 thoughts on “More English words, Australian style

  1. Hahaha. Toad Juice. Aka Soylent Green Fertilizer.

    Too funny. Thanks for this.

    Oh, man! I just saw the movie Soylent Green a few weeks ago. I think I’m losing my appetite now.

  2. I am feeling well-qualified to comment on the colourful use the Australians make of the English language. I have two expressions which are still frequently used that I love. One is ‘bung on’ which means ‘put on.’ Like – He is really bunging on the charm. The other is bottler which is a synonym for beauty – She’s a real bottler!

    I’ve been waiting for you to add to the list. Very cool, Selma. Thanks! 🙂

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