Streuth Mate!! How did this bloody change?!

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Name: The rise and fall of Australian slang
Date: 11/6/14
Author: Jon Donnison

Key Ideas:

  • Australian English has the strongest history of slang in the world
  • Television played a big part in Australias slang and jargon
  • But slang is slowly dying out as more and more Australians think it is ‘uncool’ as politicians are using it to seem ‘cool’ and to get more votes
Language Features: Jargon, Australian Slang
Course Aspects: Unit 4 - AoS 1 - Language Variation in Australian Society: features of Broad, General and Cultivated Australian English accents, how Australian English varies according to geography, including national and regional variation, the role of language in constructing national identity. (there are many more)

Personal Opinion: I believe that Australian slang is dying out in more city/suburban areas around Australia, but in more rural areas, there would be many more broad speakers of English that use these types of slang more often. The politicians use of this slang is (in my opinion) to get all of the oldies voting for them instead, as there are much more of them than there are of the 20-40 age.

“Quotes”:

  • A taste of strine: “Budgie smugglers – tight-fitting skimpy swimming trunks, Sangers – sandwiches, Snag – sausage etc…”
  • “There can be few languages, or dialects, with a stronger history of slang than Australian English.”
  • “But the glory days of Australian slang really arrived in the 1960s and 1970s.”
  • “If you look at all our television these days, there’s lot more American programmes than you find in the UK for example.”
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I beat this article so hard that I shend it.

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Name: Mullered and 61 other words for beaten at sport
Date: 24/6/14
Author: Jonathon Green

Key Ideas:

  •  There are lots of different ways to write beaten (when talking about sport)
  • All of these words have double meanings, to fenk someone > to conquer someone > to beat someone
  • The author doesn’t like that one word “Muller” put into past tense, can mean so many different things.
  • Basically saying that there are TOO many words that can relate to beating someone.
Language Features: Synonymy, Sports Jargon
Course Aspects: Unit 3 - AoS 2 - Formal Language: The relationship between the context and the features of language in formal texts

Personal Opinion: I think that it really doesn’t matter how many different words there are for a single word in a particular jargon, and that they all can be used whenever someone sees fit.

“Quotes”:

  • “It hurts me to pour icy water upon that straw-grasping desperation that is popular etymology”
  • “The first sighting is 1993. Nor would it equally often be spelled as mullah (and nor does it have religious origins). It comes from mull, which means pulverise. Smash into tiny pieces.”
  • “War is also responsible for blast, blitz and blow away.”
  • “We are better served by beat – “To strike (a man or beast) with blows of the hand or any weapon so as to give pain; to inflict blows on, to thrash; to punish by beating,” as the OED defines it.”

Touchy Subject…

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Name: What happens if Asians said the stuff white people say
Date: 10/6/14 
Author: Candice Chung

Key Ideas:

  • Racism towards Asians is much less socially acceptable.
  • Some Asian people are taking advantage of not having racial slurs thrown at them by making racist jokes towards white people satirically.
  •  Asians get hurt feelings too.
Language Features: Dysphemisms, Euphemisms, Racism
Course Aspects: Unit 4 - AoS 1 - Language Variation in Australian Society: attitudes within society to different varieties of English, including prescriptivism and descriptivism, how and why Australian English varies according to culture

Personal Opinion: I think that now that we can joke about being racist towards all races people could become more accepting of other races, (the people that are still racist) This is a bit of a touchy subject and I probably shouldn’t say too much on the matter..

“Quotes”:

  • “As old-timey microaggressive folks like to say, “No offence intended”.”
  • “nowadays we acknowledge that Asians (though not white) are also people. And thus have feelings that can sometimes get hurt.”
  • “Despite our total and effusive embrace of kimchi and pork buns, there are still times when random acts of microaggression rear their ugly heads”

Talk about your feelings and stuff.

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Name: What the Hell IS 'Conscious Uncoupling,' Anyway?
Date: 2/6/14
Author: Dr. Sonya Rhodes

Key Ideas:

  •  Conscious uncoupling is where couples confront their differences by looking into themselves instead of blaming their partners
  • Couples that do this have shown that there are decreased divorce rates among people in their twenties, but higher with older couples
  • The hard part about this is that the traits that attracted you to your partner could come back and annoy you.
Language Features: Neologisms
Course Aspects:Unit 3 - AoS 1 - Informal Language: stylistic features in informal speech and writing, including phonological patterning, syntactic patterning, morphological 

Personal Opinion: I believe that conscious uncoupling would be a great way for couples to sort out their problems, it’s a cool new word with a deep meaning that could help many people through hard times. Many prescriptivists may find this word annoying or want to get rid of it for some reason but this deserves its place in the dictionary.

“Quotes”:

  • “The partner that initially looked confident can appear brash and smug. The assertive person turns out to be a bully.”
  • “If you don’t feel comfortable with parts of yourself, you “disown” this part and pick a partner who represents that part of you.”
  • “This is actually a pretty radical point of view when you consider that when nearly all people talk about their divorces, there’s always some element of blaming their partner.”
  • “If you are overly responsible, you will pick someone who is laid-back and mellow. If you tend to fret over spending money, you will pick someone who is self-indulgent. If you are afraid of your aggression, you will be attracted to someone who has no problem being assertive.”