"Woah, isn't it a bit premature to be naming her? We don't even know if she's going to pass the test."
Well, I'd say (in transliterated-accent/slang form)...
"Whoa, don'tcha think it's a bit soon to be namin' her? We dun even know if she's gonna pass the bloody test."
I'm not deliberately redneck-ing (or "Aussifying", as the case may be) that up. In spite of the depth of my vocabulary, that IS usually what I sound like. "Writing the accent" is a good way to telegraph that a character isn't local, but Unfortunate Implications
abound if some take it as you painting a certain nationality or demographic as stupid or poorly-spoken. (On that subject, the most egregious and indecipherable example of "writing the accent" I've encountered EVER is hands down in Wuthering Heights
. Goddamn Joseph is like he's from another planet.)
Australian slang is also pretty British sometimes, in spite of our relationship with the "Poms". Remember that Australia got its beginnings as a British penal colony, populated by England's various hoodlums, so our slang and accents sometimes come off as lower-class/"street" British. "Guvnuh", for example. "Bloody" as an adjective/mild swear is another.
Also, I've NEVER heard the expression "stone the crows".
edited 22nd Mar '13 11:14:41 AM by Alma
You need an adult.