Australian Geographic - - Your Say -

I was fas­ci­nated by Kel Richards’ Words of Oz (AG 140). I al­ways thought we spoke ‘nor­mal’ English and other English-speak­ing coun­tries hadn’t caught up to us yet. I re­mem­ber at school kids would say to me, “Guess whose mum’s got a Whirlpool?” be­cause I had very white skin, and “Did you have a fight with a lawn­mower?” af­ter a hair­cut. An­other ex­pres­sion was: “He can’t fight his way out of a brown pa­per bag.” For­tu­nately, this wasn’t ap­plied to me. It is amaz­ing how we take our ver­sion of English for granted when it should be con­sid­ered a na­tional trea­sure to be passed on to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.Thank you for a very in­for­ma­tive ar­ti­cle that makes me proud to be a true-blue Aus­tralian. DO­MINIC PEL­LE­GRINO, SWAN HILL,VIC

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