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Saluting Aussie summer slang

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Orright you lot, it’s time to talk about where the language of the Australian summer came from. You know the stuff: the barbies with a snag and an esky, an Akubra on your scone, then maybe a dip in your budgie smugglers or burkini (don’t forget to slip, slop, slap).

As linguists Howard Manns and Kate Burridge explain, much of Australian summer language derives from two landscapes: the beach and the bush. Whether it’s the boardies and spunkrats of the beach, or the swags and billies of the bush, the words we have used to describe this time of year speak to both the harsh beauty of the landscape and our determination to come up with derivatives for pretty much anything. So have a little stickybeak at what they have to say – and have a happy new year while you’re at it. Onyas!

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Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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