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Generic or specific? The issue stopping the free-trade agreement between the EU and Australia

Feta, prosecco, parmesan, mozzarella (di bufala campana), champagne…Would you believe that the names of all these famous products are the cause for the deadlock in the free-trade agreement negotiations between the EU ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ and Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ. How come? ๐Ÿ‘‰ All these product names (and more) are protected designation of origin (PDO) terms in the European […]

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Three everyday words that exist in Australian English only!

Ask what’s most unique about Australian English ๐Ÿชƒ, the answers usually are our accent and slangโœ”๏ธ. However, there are also a number of uniquely Australian English words in regular use, even in formal situations, that Australians are surprised to find are not used everywhere else in the English-speaking world (OK, sometimes also in New Zealand๐Ÿฅ, […]

Watch out, here comes the Aussie version of The Office…

Are you a fan of the cult TV comedy show The Office?๐Ÿ•บAnd which version: the UK one ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง? The US one ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ? The French one ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท? The Indian one ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ or any of the other 13 variants made? ๐Ÿ“ฃ News in is that an Australian ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ version of The Office will be hitting our screens […]

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Oh no, not the Fantales!!!

The biggest news to hit Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ this week has nothing to do with any natural disaster๐Ÿ”ฅor a major political scandal ๐Ÿ—ฏ. It’s something far, far, far more groundbreaking… One of Australia’s most iconic lollies ๐Ÿฌ (psst… “lolly” is the Australian term for “candy” or “sweets”) will be, to use the food wholesale term, deleted. […]

What’s a “bank holiday”? Do Aussies say that too?

Today (Monday), 29 May 2023 is a “bank holiday” in the United Kingdom, our third this month! ๐Ÿ“†Now this term “bank holiday” often confuses many people not from the UK or Ireland. Does this mean that it’s a holiday for banks only? ๐Ÿง Absolutely not! “Bank holidays” in the UK and Ireland are what are […]

Vale Barry Humphries!

Last Saturday Australian ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐ŸŽญ comedy legend Barry Humphries passed away aged 89. You might know Humphries better as Dame Edna Everage ๐Ÿ‘“๐ŸŒบ, the vicious-tongued housewife-turn-international gigastar from the Melbourne suburb of Moonee Ponds (yes, such a place does exist). What is less acknowledged is that as one of Australia’s most widely known cultural exports, […]

“You can find the Doonas in Manchester”

Now this might sound a bit random ๐Ÿคจ but this is something you’ll hear all the time, in all places… in department stores in Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ. How come? ๐Ÿง In most English language-dominant countries, “Doona” will be in reference to the popular Israeli-invented baby car seat that converts into a stroller/pushchair/pram ๐Ÿšผ “Manchester” would be […]

Eshays and Adlays: Australia’s answer to London’s Roadmen

Eshays and Adlays: the latest bunch of Pig-Latin-speaking, Nike-wearing young bogans (vilified poor working-class people) to cause massive moral panic in Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ My 11-year-old Aussie nephew warned me the other day that the new skate park ๐Ÿ›นthat the council is building near his home is going to bring all the “eshays” there. Now that […]

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Calisthenics: body strength training or a performance art for girls?

๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ Calisthenics (US English) or Callisthenics (UK English), one the biggest crazes in fitness worldwide, is a form of strength training using bodyweight exercises and minimal equipment… except in Australia, where it means something rather different. Do a search for “calisthenics” in Australia and what you’ll get are loads of images of young girls dressed […]

Seachange, Treechange, E-change

Something Australian (but no way uniquely) today… Do you fancy an escape from the rat race and going for a seachange ๐ŸŒŠ, treechange ๐ŸŒณ or e-change ๐Ÿ’ป? These terms all describe different forms of migration of people of all ages โณ, wealth brackets ๐Ÿ’ธ and professions ๐Ÿ’ผ from Australia’s big cities ๐Ÿ™ to provincial and […]