This Sunday it’s Australia Day and as we get ready to celebrate we take a look at what it means to be truly Australian and let me tell you there are many misconceptions out there. So let’s start by putting a few facts straight.
Contrary to what many believe we do not commonly greet each other with ‘G’day mate’ nor use the word ‘Crikey!’ to convey surprise. Steve Irwin and the Crocodile Dundee, although dearly loved, have a lot to answer for.
We do love our vegemite but we do not eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon, it would be the same as to say the Chinese drink soy sauce as a beverage.
Kangaroos are not pets that we keep in our backyards and they most definitely do not answer to the name Skippy.
And although we like to shorten words such as ‘Straya’ instead of Australia, use colourful analogies like ‘see ya round like a rissole’, you won’t hear us say ’Throw a shrimp on the barbaayyyy!’. We call them prawns!
Now, to all you Australians who have been expats for some time and are wondering if you still qualify as a true blue, fair dinkum Aussie, here’s a simple test. If you’re able to answer yes to any of the questions below then the answer is – absobloodylutely!
How Aussie are you? Take the test!
1. Do you abbreviate many words and add an ‘o’ at the end, such as: arvo, combo, garbo, muso, rego, servo, smoko, speedo, righto and wino? And believe that the more you shorten someone’s name the more you like them?
2. Do you recognise that there’s a universal place called ‘woop woop’ located in the middle of nowhere… no matter where you actually are?
3. Have you used words like – tops, ripper, sick, mad, rad or sweet – to mean good. And then placed ‘bloody’ in front of it when youREALLY mean it?
4. Do you know the first verse to the national anthem, but still don’t know what ‘girt’ means? And you’re ok with that.
5. Do you say ‘Straya’ instead of Australia and call McDonald’s ‘Maccas’?
6. Do you understand that “chuck a u-ey” is actually a carefully executed driving manoeuvre?
7. Is having beetroot on your hamburger completely normal, even necessary?
8. Do you firmly believe thongs are entirely appropriate attire for every occasion? And do you know that I’m not talking about underwear?
9. Do you agree that meat pies are MOST CERTAINLY a breakfast food?
10. Do you agree that it’s not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle and a seat belt buckle becomes a pretty good branding iron?
11. Do you know what it’s like to swallow a fly, on occasion via your nose?
12. Do you understand that ‘Wagga Wagga’ can be abbreviated to ‘Wagga’ but ‘Woy Woy’ cannot be just ‘Woy’?
So now that we’ve put straight what it is to be an Aussie, what will you be doing this Sunday and most importantly what will you be drinking?
We plan on getting together with our family and friends, cranking up the BBQ, enjoying a game or two of beach cricket and cracking a few coldies. To help you keep things truly Australian this Sunday order from our Bonza Booze List.
Now if you’d prefer for someone else to work the grill RSVP ASAP to The Great Aussie BBQ at the The BellBrook Bistro Oz by Laris for Australian fun and all day dining from 11am – 11pm. Click here for more details.
Australian Chef and creator of The BellBrook David Laris shares with us how he likes to celebrate Australia Day whether he’s home in Oz or travelling the world –
“Catching up with friends & family, having a BBQ, a few drinks, backyard cricket when I am home in Australia and when not, talking about Australian lifestyle in a bar somewhere in the world, time to be nostalgic and to feel the pride of the nation we are. Remembering all the people who made the country great, celebrating the diversity, and most importantly, having fun :)” ~ David Laris
Whatever you choose to do this Sunday, we hope your Australia Day goes off like a bucket of prawns in the hot sun and leaves you flat out like a lizard drinking. Happy Australia Day!
llustration adapted from: Ben Sanders/The Jacky Winter Group