Drink less alcohol, embrace different cultures and avoid slang. Oh, and no mullets please.
This advice forms Hills Grammar student Raj Labage’s guide on how to avoid becoming an Australian bogan, a speech delivered at the grand final of The Hills Council’s Australia Day public speaking competition.
‘‘I thought I’d do a serious speech on Australian politicians and how they’re always being insulted by the public and torn down by the media [but] it kind of just developed into bogans,’’ he said.
‘‘The idea was that I was an English gentleman from the past looking at Australia and thinking how the mighty have fallen, and kind of being rude and disrespectful about how Australians have bogans polluting their society.’’
Raj said he was happy with the judges’ response during the early rounds of the competition.
‘‘I wasn’t absolutely sure if they wanted a comical speech or if they wanted a really serious political one, but they seemed to really like it so I was kind of excited,’’ he said.
Though most of the speech is delivered in a British accent, Raj abandons it to showcase some of the most used slang phrases in the Aussie vernacular.
‘‘I searched online and it came up with an entire dictionary of Australian slang with like 20 words for each letter,’’ he said.
‘‘It was like a whole new language. I especially liked the coathanger. I thought that was a very funny descriptive word for the Harbour Bridge. And bogged, that’s a funny sounding word.’’
Raj, 13, entered his first public speaking competition as a year 3 pupil with a humorous speech on speeches. ‘‘I just love making people laugh,’’ he said.
‘‘It entertains me as much as it entertains them.’’
From U-eys to Blueys, here’s some true blue strine to get you feeling patriotic (or bemused).
■ Arvo. Also servo, bizo, dero, doco, ambo, garbo, kero, muso. Righto. Most every shortened word in Aussie English isn’t right without an ‘o’ on the end. Or an ‘ie’ like mozzie, prezzie or rellie.
■ Colourful metaphors and phrases — Flat out like a lizard drinking, full as a fairy’s phone book, like a stunned mullet, talking on the porcelain telephone, playing possum, rough as guts, going for broke, grinning like a shot fox, being told to ‘pull your head in’.
■ Bannana bender, sandgroper, crow eater, Taswegian, Brisveagan, tall poppy, ankle-biter, Bluey, Larrikin, Dinki-di true-blue Aussie battler ...and so many more terms for Aussies of different states and sizes.