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Kel Richards' Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Kel Richards' Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Kel Richards
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: UNSW Press
Pages: 304
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    Kel Richards' Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
    Book Description:

    Are you seeing your mates this arvo because it’s been yonks? Do you shout '’ave a go, ya mug' to your football team from the stands? Or tell your mate his team has got Buckley’s chance of winning the AFL Grand Final? Do you mutter ‘stone the crows’ when surprised? Perhaps you've got your wobbly boots on? Aussie English may be the most inventive and creative language in the world. This larrikin lexicography by Kel Richards tells the stories behind almost a thousand Aussie words and phrases. So if you’ve ever wondered how ‘bloody’ became an all-purpose swear word, why ‘bludger’ means a lazy person, or even what ‘dangle the dunlops’, ‘possum knockers’ or ‘molly-dooker’ might mean, then you need to read this bonzer book.

    eISBN: 978-1-74224-629-1
    Subjects: Bibliography

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Preface
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Introduction
    (pp. vii-x)

    ‘Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated’, Mark Twain is supposed to have said when his obituary was published somewhat prematurely. Something similar has happened to Aussie English: reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. From time to time newspaper columns contain an obituary for our language, usually naming American television shows and the global youth culture as the chief suspects in the verbicide. However, such lamentations are premature, to say the least – Aussie English is alive and well and as fit as a Mallee bull.

    While we Aussies are fascinated by words and language in general, it...

  4. A
    (pp. 1-16)
  5. B
    (pp. 17-70)
  6. C
    (pp. 71-100)
  7. D
    (pp. 101-122)
  8. E
    (pp. 123-127)
  9. F
    (pp. 128-140)
  10. G
    (pp. 141-154)
  11. H
    (pp. 155-164)
  12. I
    (pp. 165-169)
  13. J
    (pp. 170-174)
  14. K
    (pp. 175-181)
  15. L
    (pp. 182-189)
  16. M
    (pp. 190-207)
  17. N
    (pp. 208-213)
  18. O
    (pp. 214-220)
  19. P
    (pp. 221-231)
  20. Q
    (pp. 232-233)
  21. R
    (pp. 234-244)
  22. S
    (pp. 245-270)
  23. T
    (pp. 271-284)
  24. U
    (pp. 285-287)
  25. V
    (pp. 288-290)
  26. W
    (pp. 291-302)
  27. X
    (pp. 303-303)
  28. Y
    (pp. 304-307)
  29. Z
    (pp. 308-309)
  30. Acknowledgments
    (pp. 310-310)