Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Australia map quiz Thurs: Uluru, etc
Additional vocab, thanks to Wikipedia:
Billabong - an old river or stagnant body of water attached to a waterway.
Billabong is also a clothing brand and public company traded on the Australian Securities Exchange (as Billabong International) since August 11 2000. Billabong was founded in 1973 by Gordon and Rena Merchant.
Walkabout refers to a rite of passage during which male Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the wilderness for a period as long as six months. In this practice they would trace the paths, or "songlines", that their people's ceremonials ancestors took, and imitate, in a fashion, their heroic deeds.
billy - a tin can, maybe two litres (four pints) in capacity, usually with a wire handle attached to the top rim, in which 'swaggies' (and contemporary Australian campers) boil water to make tea (and to kill the beasties in the water they've taken out of the billabong).
jumbuck - a sheep.
squatter - as Australia was settled, there was of course little or no authority and bureaucracy in place. People 'squatted' on patches of land, grazed their animals, grew their crops and built their houses and fences. In due course, as authority arrived, it generally accepted the claims of whoever was in apparent possession of the land (aboriginals had been no match for armed white men, and anyway were largely nomadic across reasonably large areas).
tucker-bag - a bag to keep tucker in. Tucker is grub, victuals/vittles, or food.
waltzing matilda - Matilda was a mock-romantic word for a swag (the bag carried by a hobo), and to waltz matilda was to hit the road with a swag on your back.
Australianisms in 'Waltzing Matilda' courtesy of Roger Clarke.