AuntyVague wrote: wicked woman wrote:
Apparently Americans are up in arms about English english creeping in to their language. But I've noticed I've started using Australian, especially 'no worries'. It's all Dels fault!
I'm not sure I can blame Del, but for some bizzare reason I've fallen into saying 'No worries!' quite a bit at work. I probably shouldn't be bothered by being an Australian talking like an Australian, but I feel like such an ocker
Bouncy wrote:Quite frankly, I blame Del for most things.
ohhhhhhhhhhh what the hell ! Everyone else does!
Aunty I know exactly where you are coming from ! I used to hate listening to Steve Irwin and thinking, "NOONE says Crikey!" Or havent in about 50 years... then I started listening... and yes! They do... and so do I
When I was in London many many years ago I was so embarrassed that so many Australians suddenly developed a very broad Aussie accent.
At the time I was working in a position that required me to mix and speak with everyone from welders to CEO's of the biggest companies on the the face of the earth and I spoke "properly" ... didnt feel the need to ocker it up or down.. it was just me... and the past few years was worried that I had somehow dropped my standards or something.
THEN I realised I was speaking more often on the net... with uplanders and such.
and found I was subconsciously changing my language to "American-ese" or UK-ish so I wouldnt have to explain what I was saying all the time.
"A doona is a bed covering somewhat like your douvet or eiderdown"
"Yes yes we DO say loo to mean toilet"
"You silly bugger
was meant as an affectionate term. Please put the gun down and move away"
You may be suprised when you really really really get down to tin tacks how much slang we use in everyday life.
To check myself I went on a few of those "How to speak Aussie" sites and was at first a bit embarrassed with the content of them.... "Yeah how to speak Aussie if you are being an irritating ponce to tourists perhaps" but when I looked at more of them, I would stop and think "WHY is that one in there? Thats
NOT slang! Its just normal speech"
I realised it more and more when I read some of the aussies talking in here... the ones who dont change their speech patterns to suit the forum AS much. It felt like "coming home" in a very very subtle way that I couldnt put my finger on. I even tried reading posts of "new" members without seeing if they were from here and could pick them. And they are articulate and educated people who express themselves beautifully on here. (we do tend to be rather "to the point" I will say that)
We have a language. We arent all Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin by a long stretch. (or even god forbid Kerry Packer!)
You have never sounded like an "ocker" to me. So just relax and talk away as you do.
Just keep swimming... just keep swimming.. just keep swimming....