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  1. 'Our Currency lads and lasses are a fine interesting race, and do honour to the country whence they originated. The name is a sufficient passport to esteem with all the well-informed and right-feeling portion of our population; but it is most laughable to see the capers some of our drunken old Sterling madonnas will occasionally cut over their Currency adversaries in a quarrel. It is then, 'You saucy baggage, how dare you set up your Currency crest at me? I am Sterling, and that I'll let you know!' In 19th century Australia the distinction between native-born Australians and migrants was played out lexically as a battle between currency and sterling. In the early days of the colony there were coins and notes of many kinds, from various countries. These were called currency, whereas English gold pieces were called sterling - sterling being the genuine thing in sharp contradistinction to the mixty-maxty mongrel currency. By the 1820s these two terms had widened their application and were being used to describe two groups of people in the colony. Currency applied to those native to Australia, that is, those born here. Sterling referred to non-convict, British-born residents. These native-born currency lads and lasses began to speak a new language. Outsiders comment on their accent and the 'colonial phraseology'. Some of this colonial language was borrowed from Aboriginal languages, and some of it was generated internally. The irony is that many of the expressions which are contemptuously categorised as 'colonial' are in fact English. But they are not sterling English, not the language of the now respectable London or polite society. These Australian words are a mongrel breed, some of them are underworld terms, and many are words from British dialects, which remained dialectal in Britain, but which became mainstream in Australian English. There developed here a language that was in subversive opposition to the now-emerging Received British English. Shifts in the meaning of standard English words - 'mate' is a good example - reflected Australian social ideals which differed from the British
  2. Hi all, new to the forum, just moved to Geelong from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne UK on a working holiday visa. I'm 26 years old and would love to meet some people of a similar age from old blighty especially geordies! :biggrin: Been here for 2 months now, still looking for a job, I'm qualified with a masters degree in Media and Journalism and have plenty of admin experience but am finding it very difficult getting work out here as if it weren't hard enough back home!! anybody in a similar situation? or have any advice to offer i'd appreciate it! all the best, Symon
  3. Hi all, new to the forum, just moved to Geelong from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne UK on a working holiday visa. I'm 26 years old and would love to meet some people of a similar age from old blighty especially geordies! :biggrin: Been here for 2 months now, still looking for a job, I'm qualified with a masters degree in Media and Journalism and have plenty of admin experience but am finding it very difficult getting work out here as if it weren't hard enough back home!! anybody in a similar situation or have any advice to offer i'd appreciate it! all the best, Symon :elvis:
  4. Hi all, Heading to sydney in August love to meet up with a few irish people. On my own for a while family to follow. Cheers p
  5. stevie ellis

    Ma oldest lad is 17 today

    alright folks a thought a wud jist say that ma eldest laddie is 17 today , Daniel is his name , hes no sure aboot moving to Australia , av told him a wud buy him a car in oz . He likes the chevy comero? hope a spelled that right, their a retro car quite old? so if someone is selling one in Perth ge ma a shout eh? thanks stevie:wink:
  6. Been living in Manchester for the past two years, looking for somewhere with similar nightlife, and a city thats very cultural. Melbourne seems to fit what I'm looking for from what I've read? I mean Australian cities, just incase people weren't clear of where I meant on the 'pomsinoz' forum.
  7. hi gang, im Jack, im 20 and from South England, i went to Oz for a year on a holiday visa, ive been home a year now and have saved the cash to lodge an application to be a skilled migrant ( roof tiler and Slater) no doubt you'll see some of my questions in some of the other forums, thanks guys
  8. Guest

    rugby lad returns home

    some may read this as a very negative post im sure but i suppose in a way it is. After speaking to my friend today whos 20 year old brother went over to oz to play r ugby as decided to return home early due to a ozzy guy running over his foot with his car on purpose and causing him hospital treatment apparantly this oz guy said to him were sick to death of you poms comming over here and taking our jobs he politely replyed and said im over here playing rugby mate not to take anyones job away the guy thought he was been rather clever in his reply to his remark so got in his car and run over his foot on the roadside put his head out the window and said now try playing rugby you pompus git and casualy drove away. So friends brother is now returning home said oz is not everything people try making it out to be and the people are not very nice. Now some may say this is a negative post but this is truthfull about this poor lad and just goes to show theres bad people in ozz as well as the uk.
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    17 year old lad

    Hi everyone i'm a 17 year old lad and my mum and dad have been speaking to me about moving to ustralia they have got the ball moving now and i'm not sure i want to go and i know my mum and dad wouldn't force me but i don't know if at 17 bye the time they move nearly 18 i'm too young to live so far away from all my family i was just wndering if anyone could help me or just throw some general advice my way well thanks in advance :arghh:
  10. Hi, I moved to Narangba from Middlesbrough 2 weeks ago with family. I have a job but i cant find anything to do on a night. I would like to meet anyone locally who can show me what Australia is good for. Everyone said there was loads to do but i cant find anything. Can anyone help?:wacko:
  11. Well Ive had a great Saturday evening Not!!! Brit Lad aka Jake decided to go out with his mates jumping on there bikes (Jakes has no brakes mind) he does a 3 foot jump falls off landing on the top of his head. Had an ambulance get him put on a board with a collar given oxygen then took to hospital. Result 2 and a half centimeter cut on the top of his head which has been glued together then 2 hours observation (he was only checked once!!! The paramedic said he was very lucky the way he had fallen he could have severed his spinal cord... Lets hope he sees sense now and stops jumping. We had told him not to ride his bike, but as usual they never listen..:wacko: Main thing is he is fine just has a headache !!! Love Julie xxx
  12. Just come across PIO and what a great site - wish it had been around ten years ago when we first arrived from Leeds! We're settled here now but did have a lot of ups and downs with houses/work and whatnot for the first year or two. Perhaps we can help if anyone else has questions abot relocating to Sydney. Would also like to meet up with any other Poms, especially Yorkshire folk in Sydney, cheers Michael, Strathfield sydneyphoto.blogspot.com
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