Are you a Callithumpian bogan who lives in a mortgage belt and couldn’t run a chook raffle? Do you slop around the house in your trackie daks, eating Neenish tarts, drinking Chateau Cardboard, and and dreaming of becoming a grey nomad? Would you like to shirtfront Mrs Kafoops down the road who carries on like a pork chop and wouldn’t work in an iron lung?
No idea what I’m talking about? Then you need the just-published second edition of The Australian National Dictionary : Australian Words and Their Origins (Bruce Moore, Amanda Laugesen, Mark Gwynn, Julia Robinson)
The AND is a dictionary of Australianisms. It includes words and meanings that have originated in Australia, that have a greater currency here than elsewhere, or that have a special significance in Australian history.
There are more than 16,000 Australian terms, including
historical terms from the convict era, the gold rushes, farming, and the experience of war
colloquial terms, including rhyming slang and numerous lively and colourful idioms
regional terms from different states and territories
terms from Aboriginal English, a major dialect of Australian English.
And thank you to the eagle-eyed (or kookaburra-eyed) Chicken Lady who spotted an article about the AND in the New York Times and sent us the link on our About page: