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Today is Saturday 1st August (and the first Saturday of the month)....
which means today is posting day for
"The Alphabet Club" (TAC)
Over the coming 26 months (oh my goodness.... that is a long time isn't it?), I will try and introduce you to some typically Aussie words and sayings (commonly called strine or slang), and who knows there may even be some stitching to show!
So pull up a pew, grab a cuppa and an Anzac biccie, take the weight off for awhile and have a squizz at my post all about the letter "A" :o)
So where do I start... well, let's start with the obvious "A" - Aussie (pron. Ozzie) - Australian! Yep, that's me - one good old fashioned Aussie Sheila writing about some great Australiana!
Let's try these ones on for size.....
Ace!: Excellent! Very good!
Aerial pingpong: Australian Rules football
Amber fluid/nectar: beer
Ankle biter: small child
Aussie salute: brushing away flies with the hand
One of my favourite sayings is "Act your age not your shoe size"..... and then of course there is always the saying "Away with the pixies" which as a young 'un would have described me - I was often away in my own world snuggled up with a book and tuning out everything and everyone around me! Nothing's changed actually, I still do it now....
Probably one of the best known Aussie acronyms would be ANZAC. The acronym ANZAC was coined in 1915 when Australian and New Zealand troops were training in Egypt. The word ANZAC was eventually applied to all Australian and New Zealand soldiers in World War 1. The term is particularly associated with the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. The ANZAC biscuit came about as a way to send food to the soldiers that wouldn't spoil before it arrived at its destination. The recipe for the Soldier's Biscuits was based on a Scottish recipe (or so I believe) and was dubbed the ANZAC biscuit after the landing at Gallipoli. The biscuits would be sent in a tin, often the "Billy Tea" tin, to keep them fresh.
For those that might be interested I have added a recipe for the scrummy ANZAC biscuit below:
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 (three-quarters) cup coconut
125g (4 oz) butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
½ (half) teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon boiling water
Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut.
Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat until melted.
Mix soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture, stir into dry ingredients.
Take teaspoonfuls of mixture and place on lightly greased oven trays; allow room for spreading.
Cook in slow oven (150°C or 300°F) for 20 minutes.
Loosen while still warm, then cool on trays.
Makes about 35.
If you would like to join in the fun of "The Alphabet Club", pop over to Chiara's blog (The Grey Tail) to see what all the fun is about and link up your for post for the Letter "A".
See you next next month when it will be Detention for the Letter "B".
Hoo roo from me....