A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms

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Gerald Alfred Wilkes
Oxford University Press Australia, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 426 pages
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Now available in a fourth, revised, and greatly expanded edition, A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms records the robustness and inventiveness of the Australian vernacular and provides a unique insight into Australian life and culture. This famous dictionary, first published in 1978 (ten years after Professor Wilkes began collecting), offers the first and the most recent colloquial coinages. Words and idioms are drawn from a wide range of historical and contemporary sources - chiefly newspapers, magazines and novels - and each entry is shown in context, with origins and derivations. Famous and enduring colloquialisms have as many as ten citations from original works, illustrating changing meanings and emphases. Almost three hundred colloquialisms have been added to the fourth edition, along with a scholarly introduction. New entries include Banana Republic, Broncos, Chardonnay socialist, the Dockers, Fair suck of the sauce bottle, Baggy green cap, I love youse all, Menand women of Australia, Multicultural, Get nicked, Placido Domingo, True Believer, Back to Work. Amusing, informative and up to date, A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms is a revealing guide to Australian language.

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
11
Section 4
74
Section 5
111
Section 6
145
Section 7
151
Section 8
168
Section 13
226
Section 14
239
Section 15
262
Section 16
272
Section 17
280
Section 18
306
Section 19
308
Section 20
328

Section 9
189
Section 10
204
Section 11
208
Section 12
217
Section 21
378
Section 22
399
Section 23
403
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About the author (1996)


G. A. Wilkes was foundation professor of Australian literature at the University of Sydney and is the author and editor of innumerable books.

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