What's Happening

This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.

Silva Zodiac: This page is incorrect at one point; it pretends that there were "fewer immigrants" to Australia than the United States. This is a common error, becoming steadily less accurate after the Gold Rushes, which brought many Chinese, European and other influences into the country for a short period, and the World War II era, when a great deal of immigration took place to escape Europe. Contextually, the fact is hardly well-placed - more exposure to other cultures is more likely to create linguistic differences than less is (which is the tone of the rest of the suggestions anyway). I suggest a correction of these facts, since the page is attempting to be useful and/or factual.

Sabbo: I say this page needs either a rewrite or a rename. It has very little to do with slang at the moment, and is moreso to do with comparing it to the US. Not that I can be bother doing said rewriting. >_>

Servitor_2152: I agree. With all that Land Downunder has done to solidify Aussie speech patterns in the minds of folks here in Eagleland, it would be good to see a description of Aussie slang from an actual native.

randomfanboy: I rewrote the previous list into a few sentences, and threw in a bunch of common words and phrases I could think of in it's place. Here's the list that was there, if anyone wants to put it back.

  • America is huge, and mostly habitable, so people moved west in great immigrations. Australia is huge, and mostly uninhabitable, so a few people moved to the desert but the rest pretty much stayed on the edges.
  • Australia had a far greater British presence than America ever did, and Australia had it for longer.
  • America's wildlife was vaguely similar to European wildlife, and thus could have similar names. Australia's wildlife was like nothing the colonists had ever seen before.
  • Once independent, America had a more-or-less constant stream of immigrants from across the world, many of which were accepted and added new dimension to American English. Australia's original immigrants were often prisoners from major cities and their wardens and later settlers from Britain and Ireland - all white. Immigrants that weren't white were denied entry before the Post-War Period, meaning Australian English was from a far narrower field of sources.

  • please for the sake of my national pride. Australia was inhabited by convicts FIRST! the First Fleet, and Second Fleet, as the first two colonizing fleets were made up almost entirely of convict fleet. So the first statment on the page is wrong, we were never a colony of religious zealots.
randomfanboy: Uh, that line was taken out a while ago. Also, it was referring to America.