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Anyone for a Rat's Coffin?

18 July 2000

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – July 18, 2000 As reported by Reuters: "With the approach of the Sydney Olympics setting off a rise in national fervour, Australians are once again up in arms about the threat to their own way of speaking the Queen's English.

"…For those about to head to Australia for the September 15 to October 1 Games or the hundreds of millions of television viewers, the following is a brief guide to key Australian slang words and phrases.

"…Banana bender - Term for residents of tropical Queensland State which once had a reputation for backwardness. Supposedly the only skill of Queenslanders was to put the bend in a banana.

"…don't come the raw prawn - don't try to fool me

"…hoon - a hooligan

"…larrikin - a ruffian

"…never-never - the remotest part of the countryside

"…Pom - English person.

"…rat's coffin - a meat pie. Don't worry there is no rat meat in them

"…tucker - food

"…two pot screamer - someone unable to hold their drink

"…yakka – work"

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