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    Cool US Marines needing Slang Dictionaries to Talk with their Aussie counterparts?


    The Marines and sailors, who by July are expected to number 2,500, are slated to take part in several exercises before heading home in October. It’s a chance to hone skills and strengthen ties, while working through possible differences in lingo.
    And they’re going to need to catch on to stuff like this:
    A glossary in the original WWII-era booklet provides some other “colorful, picturesque” words and phrases — and hints at likely common interests among the troops of both countries, if not a common vocabulary.
    Included among the first 20 words are the following selections, some of which appear to have fallen out of use: sheila – a babe; cliner – another babe; sninny – a third babe; shivoo – a party; shikkered – drunk; plonk – cheap wine; shout – to buy drinks for the house; smooge – to pitch woo (to flirt); cobber – pal.
    I think it’s hilarious.
    An Aussie Air Force Group Captain – the equivalent of a US full colonel – got himself in trouble for telling a local newspaper that they needed to educate the US visitors as, “The time to figure that out is not on the battlefield when the bullets are flying.”
    Seems Aussies are proud of the fact that they use more slang than any other English speakers in the world.
    (Don’t think they’ve ever visited some US neighborhoods)
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    Sometimes my daughter's Chinese friends have to get together her (American), a Canadian, a Brit, and an Aussie (or Kiwi) to find out what flavor of English a slang word/phrase is and what it means. We are so many countries separated by a common language.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrogersNhood View Post
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    Nah! Crikey! Our bonza sheilas would cop you one if you opened yer maw and spewed that.
    Good journey, Rickity!

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    Now to worry.. I'll bet they won't need no stinkin dictionary with the Aussie Gals.

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    Language is always in transition. It is shaped by the physical and even the emotional environment. Our stryne (the name for our slang) is meant to keep our land, personable...to fellow Aussies. If foreigners have a hard time with our stryne, that's the point. They are them...we are us.

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