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Post: #52983 Wombat
Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:11 am

Trinity wrote:Anyone know what a swag is???


it is aroll of material, usually canvas, and blankets that is carried on the back by a swaggie and used as a bedroll.

yep, especially good by a billabong, assuming there are no bunyips around. :mrgreen:

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Post: #52990 Kiwi
Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:07 am

Wombat wrote:
Trinity wrote:Anyone know what a swag is???


bunyips . :mrgreen:

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Post: #52992 Trinity
Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:19 am

Wombat wrote:yep, especially good by a billabong, assuming there are no bunyips around. :mrgreen:

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:? whatsa one of them? Do you smoke it?

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Post: #52994 Wombat
Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:48 am

A Billabong is a cut-off meander of a river, usually referred to in other, less enlightened countries as an ox-bow lake. :mrgreen:

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(I suppose you could smoke it, but you could wind up in a lot of trouble if there was a fire ban in force :wink: )
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Post: #53002 Masco&Bongo
Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:50 pm

Everybody now....

"Once a jolly swagman...."
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Post: #53006 Trinity
Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:12 pm

Wombat wrote:A Billabong is a cut-off meander of a river, usually referred to in other, less enlightened countries as an ox-bow lake. :mrgreen:

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I meant a bunyip :blob:

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Post: #53008 Trinity
Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:20 pm

Masco&Bongo wrote:Everybody now....

"Once a jolly swagman...."


Oh my word! Just googled the lyrics! I remember singing this song. Sounds like it could be quite rude :shock:


Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
Under the shade of a Coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil,
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Up rode the squatter mounted on his thorough-bred
Down came the troopers One Two Three
Whose that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda Waltzing Matilda
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me
Whose that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker-bag
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Up jumped the swagman sprang in to the billabong
You'll never catch me alive said he,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda Waltzing Matilda
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

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Post: #53011 Muddypause
Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:39 pm

I sincerely hope this thread isn't going to degenerate into one about Rolf Harris' greatest hits.

And it's still a puzzle why a song about waltzing is in 2/4 time. Maybe Trin's right - perhaps it's not actually about waltzing at all.

Now, altogether:

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Post: #53047 Wombat
Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:25 pm

Ahem, I shall try and ignore the previous musical interlude.

A bunyip is a creature, reported by the aboriginals that lives in billabongs and eats people. They are supposed to be quite large and somewhat ferocious.

While I have never seen one myself, I did get chased by one once. (long story).

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Post: #53066 Jack
Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:23 am

Gidday

Ah! That sounds like a Tanewha to me.

I got caught by a Tanewha once. Bloody painful where he grabbed me too, but he dived under the bed and disappeared when my father came in with a lit candle.

Another long story.
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Post: #53107 Andy Hamilton
Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:35 am

Ok back to words

Snap tin = lunch box (uk northern and coal mining areas)
Lunch box = a mans tackle - (U.S English I think)
Tackle - what you go fishing with or lunchbox (see above)

Now to talk Shakespearian English I could never get the hang of the word Base as in -

My mind as generous, and my shape as true,
As honest madam's issue?
Why brand they us
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Post: #53111 Wombat
Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:20 pm

I thought base meant low........
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Post: #53149 Thomzo
Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:05 pm

Well of course if we're delving into Shakespeare:

Nunnery (Shakespeare) = brothel (modern)

A few from my Scottish friend:

Burrelling (Scot) = turning
Messages (Scot) = shopping

Others:

Mash (as in to mash tea oop north) = brew

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Post: #53151 Andy Hamilton
Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:08 pm

Or a lesser known Shakespearian one (in Hamlet)

Fish monger - Pimp.
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Post: #53171 Magpie
Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:43 pm

How interesting that so many of the Northern or Scottish words are ones that we use here - we are the Edinburgh of the south though!

How 'bout - piece = sandwich

Oh, and to extend one
Candy Floss (UK +NZ) = Cotton candy (US) = Fairy Floss (Aust)


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