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Fair Dinkum Aussie Slang


H. G. Nelson

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Australian slang unites the true blue and the dinky-di and separates the cheeky little possums from the happy little Vegemites. In this attractive new pictorial guide, readers will learn to distinguish their drongos from their dropkicks and discover where our unique vernacular comes from. Aussie slang tells us much about our history; in this book are words that have evolved from Indigenous languages, the dialects of the British Isles and the names, catchphrases and peccadillos of Australian celebrities.

Alongside the fascinating etymological information are striking images from the National Library's vast Pictures Collection-used to great humorous effect in illustrating the slang words and phrases-and commentaries by H.G. Nelson, the man who, together with Rampaging Roy Slaven, brought the world the 'battered sav', the 'hullo boys' and the 'spinning date', all gymnastics moves that need little further explanation. A mix of traditional and modern slang, in a fresh design, this guide will educate and entertain readers, and tickle their funny bones.

About the Author:
HG Nelson has been searing himself into the nation's consciousness since 1986, with such programs as This Sporting Life, The Channel Nine Show, Planet Norwich, The Nation Dumps, The Dream and The Ice Dream and The Memphis Trousers Half Hour. He is also the author of Petrol, Bait, and The Really Stuffed Guide to Good Food 2006.


ISBN 9780642278791
Publisher National Library of Australia
Published 2015
Format Paperback
Number of pages 124
Dimensions H 17cm x W 17cm x D 1.1cm

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