Thursday, January 10, 2008

new 'Australish' words

"arse antlers: a tattoo in that fashionable area above the buttocks

"butt bra": to raise 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.

"Tanorexia" refers to an obsession with a suntan, while a

"salad dodger" is an obese person.

"infomania", for those who constantly put aside the job at hand to concentrate on incoming email and text messages.

"Password fatigue" is frustration from having too many passwords to recall.

"floordrobe": someone who spreads their clothes around the house, clean or otherwise, is said to be treating the room as a..

"credit card tart" someone who shifts loans around from one credit card to pay for another.

In business, the "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.

Even geopolitics gets a mention, with "Chindia" joining China and India, at least in Australish English, in terms of their fast growing strategic and economic clout in the world.

The "Great Firewall of China" noun 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.

environmental themes? with "climate canary" referring to a geographical feature, plant or animal species pointing to climate change.

"Toad juice" refers to a liquid fertiliser produced in Australia from pulverised cane toads, an introduced environmental pest marching its way across the continent.

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