Australian Metaphors

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Since there is a close link between the upper and lower classes of Australia’s social system, the slang is well known to both strata. Metaphors are no different. Australian metaphors have an earth bound quality that tends to confuse outsiders of the culture ( are a few examples:

Happy as Larry  =extremely happy

Bald as a bandicoot =extremely bald

Full as a goog = drunk

Silly as a bag of worms = silly

Rough as bags =extremely rough or crude

All over someone like a rash =said of a skillful contestant or fighter

Like a stunner mullet =stupid

A roll Jack Rice couldn’t jump over =a large roll of bank notes

You don’t have to be dead to be stiff =said of someone who is very unlucky



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  February 16, 2001