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Chris/Darwin BS: British/American cultural differences. (130* d) RE: BS: British/American cultural differences. 10 Feb 00

Australians have tended to absorb bits from both American and British ("Yank" and "Pom") cultures, so that most of the above references (except the very localised ones) are familiar to Aussies.

There are quite a few local differences within Australia too, but some differences with both USA and UK - "Station Wagons", "Utes", "Semis" (also used occasional in the USA I think), "Pavlovas" (a confection made with baked egg whites and filled with cream and fruit), of course "Vegemite" (a local version of Marmite), "Stubbies" (applied both to small bottles of beer and to brief shorts), "thongs" (the most casual footware around, called "flip flops" in NZ), "parkas" (a cheap weatherproof top - called "anorak" in the UK I think), "cossies" (swimming shorts), etc etc

Australian colloquialisms are legendary and too numerous to talk about, just as they are elsewhere.

Funny, though, I could not think of any significant musical differences, although some Aussie folk songs have odd names in them, but in all other respects are similar. Does this mean music is a universal language??


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