Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) and interesting (to us, again) words we encountered in our readings. See this week round-up at BermudaOnion’s blog!
My words for this week come from People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks and are mostly Australian. I dedicate this post to husband, who is actually leaving for Australia the day after tomorrow!
Ever since they moved the abattoir out of Homebush and started to spruce the place up for the 2000 Olympics, you have to drive, basically, to woop woop, and then when you finally get there, there’s so much security in place because of the animal libbers you can barely get in the gate.
Woop woop: n. Austral./NZ informal humorous a remote outback town or district.
I always find myself lapsing into Paleolithic Strine when I’m around them, using words I’d never dream of using in real life, like cobber and bonza.
Cobber: n. Austral./NZ informal a companion or friend.
Bonza: adj. Austral./NZ informal excellent.
I’d traveled almost two thousands clicks to get away from my mother.
Click: n. (alternative spelling for klick) military slang for kilometer.
*This definition comes from Wikipedia
I know, this is not Australian, but while reading the book I thought it was. Instead, according to several sources it was first created by US soldiers in Germany during WWII and then widely used in Vietnam.
(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)