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If you’ve been a regular reader of this humble blog, you’ll know I’m a big fan of slang and have been doing my part to stir the coals of our language; bringing you new and also sometimes forgotten terms such as brasco (toilet), snot (fight), tap (have sex with), spade (chat up), munted (under the influence of drugs or alcohol) and stroppy (ill tempered or belligerent).

A while ago I got around to seeing the film Kenny, and if you’ve also caught it, you’ll know one of the great joys of the movie is the title character’s exacting use of slang, including my personal favourite, “silly as an arse full of Smarties”.

Australians have no monopoly on slang the Americans, French, English, Irish and Scots have more ridiculous turns of phrase than you can poke a burnt stick at but we do have a certain understated skill (and obsession with orifices) that has given us such gems as “fits like a thumb in a bum” and “busier than a blue arse fly” and “like sh ing out a rocking chair”.

Today, I’d like to share with you a couple of my favourite Australian expressions in the hope you’ll add some of your own ..

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If you’d like to email me with a topic suggestion or just vent, try here. I now have more than 800 unanswered emails and no hope of catching up. So I’m instituting a no reply policy (unless you’re cute) because I’m sick of feeling guilty about it. In advance, I thank you for your email. My Dad says it all the time for anything ‘fake’ or not ‘real’. I had an easy job. He said “that’s a Clayton’s job”. Anyone else heard of this? Jez on May 14, 2007 10:50 PM

Jez, Clayton’s was a non alcoholic cola tonic widely advertised in the 70’s. The slogan was “the drink you have when you’re not having a drink” but “Clayton’s” was quickly adopted as another way of saying fake or not the real thing. I still say it a lot too.
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