G’arn, join Peter’s campaign to save our strine

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Peter Leith has strong views on most topics, and today he is hell bent on preserving a much-loved aspect of a vanishing Australia.


The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House have become globally recognised billboards. Flinders Street Station was ‘renovated’ and looks a lot like the entrance to Luna Park. Even the hallowed precinct and turf of the MCG have fallen prey to the creeping malignancy of the advertising disease.

Only protective legislation has saved Uluru from commercial exploitation that would have made it ‘the only advertising billboard on Earth visible from outer space’. But the saddest development of all is that we are hearing less and less strine.

Whatever has happened to such quintessential Australianisms as: G’donya, bewdy mate, starve the lizards and stone the crows, avago ya mug, flat out like a lizard drinking, ridgy didge and rippa mate?

The pristine ‘purity’ of the Australian language is being corrupted by a new generation of foreign imports such as: awesome, cool, sweet and similar soulless jargon.

To all the Philistines who would try to corrupt and replace the pristine purity of strine (lingua Australis), I can only say, ‘Up your nose with a rubber hose, mate!’

So, with the aim of saving our strine, I invite all YourLifeChoices members to join me in forming a Protect Indigenous Strine Society – although we may have to discourage use of any acronym.

What is your favourite strine? Do you do your bit to maintain the love? Would you join Peter’s Protect Indigenous Strine Society?

Do you have a story or an observation for Peter? Send it to [email protected] and put ‘Sunday’ in the subject line.

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Total Comments: 11
  1. 0

    Don’t forget G’donya Chhina or is That to much now. Oops can’t say that anymore.

  2. 0

    I remember going to the cricket a lot, and when one of our batsmen[not batter] got on top of a particular bowler, some one would shout from the hill,BOWL IM FROM BOTH ENDS. GORD STRIKE A LIGHT.

  3. 0

    Onya, mate, take the bloody ball up to ’em an’ give ’em curry!!

    Say that today and you’d have meal home delivery in five minutes….”please to be bringing for you your special Onya Curry and pappadum courtesy of Hatma Mahal Restaurant!”

  4. 0

    Roo loose in the top paddock

  5. 0

    Roo loose in the top paddock

  6. 0

    My favourite Strine has always been the graphic similes. Sayings like; “As useful as an ashtray on a motorbike” or “As full as a fat girl’s sock”. I’m sure others will add their favourites.

    There is also the death of the tall story told by the old guy in the corner of the bar whose story had a ring of truth until the end when you realised you’d been had. I recall one particular story which took about 20 minutes for the old guy to tell and the gist of it was prompted by a couple of truckies driving cattle trucks who had popped in for a counter lunch and were whinging about cleaning up their trucks after moving the cattle.

    Anyway the old guy in the corner started on the truckies with his tale. “You young blokes have it easy, I remember during the depression me and me brother and a dog moved 1500 head of cattle for 8 months and didn’t lose one.”
    When asked where they moved them, he replied; “We took them from Grafton to Hobart!”
    It prompted a question from one of the truckies, “How did you get over Bass Strait?”
    The old bloke thought for a moment and said, “Oh, we didn’t take them that way”.

    It sounded better in the pub I suppose and it had to be told in such a way that the question about Bass Strait needed to be asked but old blokes in the pub had a way of telling a tall story that made sure the end came out the way they wanted.

  7. 0

    Numerous equivalents to Nosila’s which I know better as:

    A few sheep short in the top paddock.

    A few sandwiches short of a picnic.

    There are loads of them.


    Better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.

    the UK equivalent being:

    Better than a slap around the face with a wet mackerel.

    Not sure if we have a fish one.

  8. 0

    Just everyday words get me,…shop-store, lollies-candy, holidays-vacation, pictures-movies and list goes on.

  9. 0

    Mmm. Can only think of slightly rude ones. These are fairly tame.
    1. Just got to go for a snake’s.
    2.He’s got a face like a robber’s dog.
    3.Watch him, he’s a bit of an optic.
    4. He’s not bad for a septic.

  10. 0

    Remember when a batsman was having trouble getting bat pn ball, some wag would yell “Bowl him down a ‘piana’, see if he can play that!”



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