In the course of an average day here in Oz, I find that I am still hearing a variety of colorful phrases. Here are a few more of my favorites: “The ant’s pants” which translates to the best.
“Dry as chips.” No further explanation is required for this or “Tough as old boots.” A sanger is a sandwich while “O week” is orientation week at university – or uni- which was just starting when we arrived. “Two bob’s worth” means to get your money’s worth or have your say. And the more obvious: a sheila is a woman while a bloke is a man.
When I went to the doctor last week for a hand and shoulder injury, I was greeted with the following descriptive price list for surgery consultations: Brief, Standard, Long, Prolonged. My visit was about 30 minutes and was deemed standard, which left me wondering about just how long “prolonged” was.