I love the fact that our Prime Minster has suddenly gone all ‘ocker’ on us. His “fair shake of the sauce bottle” comments have brought the fun back into politics (especially the ensuing ‘is he putting it on?’ debate). Even if he is, who cares – it’s language at it’s best (even if it’s not at its most sophisticated).
Maybe I love Australian colloquialisms because I’m originally from Canada. We didn’t have sayings as colourful as ‘come the raw prawn’ ‘stone the crows’ ‘mad as a cut snake’ and ‘budgie smugglers’ (come to think of it, they often contain animals).
Australian dictionaries are jammed with great sayings, and it’s a shame you don’t hear some of the terms used much anymore. ‘Strine’ represents the Australian spirit, I think – colourful, not taking itself too seriously, and never missing the opportunity to take a shortcut (such as shortening a word by putting an ‘o’ on the end).
I say we encourage Kevin-speak (he was pretty boring before, let’s face it). And here’s to Julia Gillard taking it up – imagine that wonderful voice of hers embracing strine. Now, that’s an Australian PM we could all be proud of.