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Nov 27, 2023Liked by Michael Jensen

Fun read! I always love to hear what tourists think of our weird languageπŸ˜„ However I must make one correction - we don’t have shrimp here, only prawns 😝

Those AI images will haunt my nightmares!!

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LOL!!! I guess Crocodile Dundee is old hat. And why do they call it a budgie sMuggler? Why not budgie sNuggler?

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As a Brit living in New Zealand for the past 17 years, I fully concur. In between the lazy shortened words (why expend more energy than you need on a hot day?), and the everyday use of Māori words (which I love), I find myself speaking a whole new language down here πŸ˜ƒ It's just hard to remember to revert back to English 1.0 when I go back to my roots!

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You know that half of this is British slang the dirty convicts stole on their way south? ;)

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Michael Jensen

You will have to visit South Africa for some really weird words ( combine 11 official languages)

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I write about Straya a bit, and have come across lots of articles that hash and rehash Australian lingo, but this is the most dinkum site I’ve come across that actually has some smarts behind it : https://slll.cass.anu.edu.au/centres/andc/meanings-origins/all

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Nov 30, 2023Liked by Michael Jensen

Having spent the month of September with our friends in Australia (my third trip there), this was a fun read. I understand most Aussie slang, but there are the occasional words that throw me. Australia will always be in my heart and the boomerang that is now tattooed on my arm is proof that I'll always return there!

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Dear Michael:

I certainly like what Bing's AI thinks it knows what you like by way of the Australian men it provided for you. Whenever my students do something of note, I sometimes use the following, "As they say in Australia, 'Good on ya'". I learned that from a bonafide Australian I worked with a few years ago. Take care and enjoy the holidays in sunny and warm Sydney.

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I haven't laughed this much in quite a while! Loved it.

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Nov 27, 2023Liked by Michael Jensen

Awwww but you missed the bin chooks and the nope ropes! I’ve been here 12 years, Aussie slang defo has no end πŸ™‚

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Enjoyed the laughs and Aussie info!

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OMG. I’ve snorted my tea everywhere over this. I don’t even know where to start!! But I definitely can never un-see some of those images!!!

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Michael Jensen

Great article, mate! This was my take-complete with a song! https://www.rocinanteroad.com/post/intercultural-communication-can-be-a-challenge-even-when-you-speak-the-same-language

Buy hey, I'm off to see the rellies soon, so g'day!

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Michael Jensen

Oh my god, the Bing AI images made my day πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ what the hell is going on there!

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The AI images are hysterical 🀣

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Michael Jensen

OMG this is simultaneously hilarious and appalling. I know the slang of course, and yeah a 'Murican trying to use it would be cringey like nails on a chalk board. The Bing AI images are truly appalling on so many levels. Great article Michael.

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