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 Post subject: AUSTRALIAN CULTURE & FAQ'S
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Hey Pru, since we will soon be getting a smilie that says "crikey," I need a definition, please. :D


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Ha ha - really good question SusanE - I'd like to know that too - I'll go check it out - PLUS big thank you for reminding me to come to this thread - I should have subscribed to them all but forgot these Aussie ones! (I'll be back in a tic :mrgreen: )


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Here we go - fascinating - I bet it was the Irish that came up with such a word!

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It's spelled so many different ways, I'm not going to attempt listing them all. The most widely accepted form is "Crikey" or "crikey."

The word is frequently used in Australia, but it did not originate there. According to "The Oxford English Dictionary" [OED] -- the multi-volume, "bible" of the world of etymology -- it is a "swear word," meant to replace the actual name of Jesus. It is used in place of "Christ!" or "For Christ's Sake!"

The first WRITTEN usage was in 1838. Of course, it would have been SPOKEN many years before that time.


Here is the entry from the OED:

[As this alliterates with Christ, or L. Christe! it was perhaps originally one of the alliterative or assonant substitutes for sacred names, used to avoid the appearance of profanity.]

An exclamation of astonishment.

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:lol2: Thanks Pru! I love learning all about your culture and your special terminology "Down Under."

I don't think I'll need a definition of "G-Day!" Ha!


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Great question Susan....thanks for researching it too Pru. I thought it had to do with crocodiles....


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I thought Steve Irwin made it up...duh...

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Some very, very sad news....Our little brave Sam the koala has died... :sosad2


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Some very, very sad news....Our little brave Sam the koala has died... :sosad2



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Poor little Sam. I would not want her to be in pain. . .


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This is very sad, but I'm glad they didn't let her continue in pain. She's had quite a life, at least in the last 6 months. First a symbol of hope for the wildfires, & now a symbol of hope for the many other koalas with this disease.

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This is very sad, but I'm glad they didn't let her continue in pain. She's had quite a life, at least in the last 6 months. First a symbol of hope for the wildfires, & now a symbol of hope for the many other koalas with this disease.


I agree . . . very sad news indeed. At least she didn't have to suffer on in pain.

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O Mi Gosh - SGB, thank you so much for finding this news - I have heard absolutely NOTHING about it here!

My first thoughts are very similar to these expressed in the article -

"Deborah Tabart, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation, said she was saddened by Sam's death but noted that thousands of other koalas die every year of the disease and are not lamented nor cared for by the government.
"Sam's just the tip of the iceberg," Tabart said. "Sam's doing her wild cousins a huge favor by this international interest. Our koalas are in serious trouble across the country.""


At least Sam was cared for & humanely euthanazed so she suffered minimal pain & disability - BUT so many more wild koalas are suffering & dying from this horrible "chlamydia" all on their own out there. Perhaps it was the stress of the fires that triggered it in her & hence it would have triggered it in a LOT more also.

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Now there is more news coming up here about Sam & her life & death:

SAM IN THE MUSEUM

Australia's most loved koala will be stuffed and displayed in the Melbourne Museum following her death during surgery.

The image of Sam the koala holding hands with Country Fire Authority (CFA) firefighter David Tree and sipping from his water bottle in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires was beamed around the world as a symbol of hope in the days following the disaster.

Sam's bushfire injuries had healed but the four-year-old animal was put down on Thursday during major surgery to remove cysts associated with chlamydia, a life-threatening disease that causes cervical infection and has ravaged Victoria's koala population.

Victorian Premier John Brumby confirmed on Friday that Sam's carers had accepted an offer by the museum to preserve and display the koala to the public, News Ltd newspapers report.

"We will never forget the people and communities affected by those fires and we will never forget the courage and kindness of the firefighters and volunteers who helped them," Mr Brumby said.

"The story of Sam will help us to understand and remember the devastation that the events of February 2009 had on the people of this state and their extraordinary determination to recover and move forward with their lives."

Museum Victoria's exhibitions director Robin Hirst said it was vital Sam joined iconic racehorse Phar Lap at the museum.

"She is associated with a very important image from those terrible times."

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That will be a lovely tribute. I wonder if they were ever able to release Bob (Sam's boyfriend in rehab)?


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Have you seen this article Pru :?:

The smallest horse in Australia: Koda the dwarf American miniature :loveheart2:

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BTW- That is a good question Susan :?:

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BETH! I was only just reading an online news article about Koda when I also found this post of yours - hows that saying go ... oh yes, "great minds, etc, etc" :mrgreen:

But poor little sweety - he has to undergo so many corrective operations - I would love to have a miniature horse - even if only to be able to smell every day - it would remind me of the "country" which is in my genes as per my Aussie-Irish ancestors who were horse breeders but long gone from my every day experience now.

And as for "Bob" I have looked for any news of him but haven't come across anything yet.

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OK Pru....ever heard of this guy? such a devil!!! (and I don't mean a Tassie devil either) :crikey ...What a beauty!!!



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Wow, SGB - thanks so much for finding & posting that great story!

I was relieved to see in the video that she was not obviously harmed by the crows - Gosh those wedge-tail eagles really are HUGE when you see them up against a human - we only see them occasionally way up in the sky on the thermals.

She just wanted to go exploring with those huge wings of hers & gave all the local city birds a MASSIVE fright :shock - but I bet her handlers are worried about what she'll do at the opening of the next footy game :!: :roll:

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Did ya have the chance to look at the slide show? She is such a beauty....I remember going to a raptor show one time and the Red tail hawk decided she wasn't "ready" to return to her handler during the show...she decided to harass some birds in a large tree across the lake...her handler wasn't too concerned...he said, "she does this all the time...she just likes to reinforce the fact that 'she's the boss'."...sure enough...she returned within a few minutes...just beaming with pride that she had flushed all those poor birds outta their tree...

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