We’re fast approaching the 1-year anniversary of our arrival in Australia. And in the course of our Aussie adventures, some of the local customs, slang, and other characteristics are slowly permeating my daily way of life that’s finding me turning into an Aussie. Here are a few:
My friends have become “mates”. No, this is not some Discovery Channel or Animal Planet experiment gone horribly wrong; “mate” is basically Aussie for “friend”. In some cases, a reference to a “mate” indicates a particularly strong friendship.
(No, not THAT kind of friendship. Geez.)
I say “reckon” as in “I reckon” this and “I reckon” that.
Apparently I’ve been doing a lot of reckoning lately.
I pronounce words ending in “er” as “ah” – just a little. “Bangers & mash” have now become (phonetically speaking) “bangahs & mash”. Now all I have to do is figure out what bangers and mash are.
(I’m kidding; please don’t tell me.)
You’re taking the WHAT out of me? Aw…Thanks.
When my mates try to make fun of me (“take the piss out of me” is the official term), I take it as a sign of affection. I’m even learning to dish it right back out.
(Give it time; I’m still learning, and always feel the need to apologize right after “I take the piss out of” somebody. How Canadian of me.)
Vegemite: I thought it would never happen.
I’m learning – slowly – to enjoy Vegemite. At first gag, I didn’t think it would be possible to embrace this dark brown salty yeasty spread meant for poor unsuspecting crackers and toast and such. But over time, and when it was reintroduced to me slowly and tenderly, it started to take hold.
The way to do it is to have toast with butter and a very light scraping of Vegemite on top. Even better: throw on some fresh tomato slices and cheese, and you have a common Aussie breakfast that actually has me craving Vegemite.
Yes, craving it.
Okay, I must go now. I reckon I have a pressing need to spread some brown yeasty salty stuff all over some “crackahs” or other high-carb substance for lunch, then make fun of my mates to show them how much I love them (but not in that way).