I think since arriving in North America, I have become more Australian than when I left. It's just so damn hard to live up to the ridiculously high expectations the rest of the world has of us.
Personally, I blame Hollywood with their movies like Crocodile Dundee and Kangaroo Jack. While small like factoids may be correct, they blow them way out of proportion.
So, what have these expectations done to influence me? (Because I'm weak and succumbed to peer pressure...)
I now talk with an exceeding amount of Aussie slang, and sometimes, to mess with people, I just make up words and string them into a sentence and what their faces screw up in confusion. I have to admit, it's a hell of a lot of fun.
Don't get me wrong, some of the stereotypes that stalk Australian's are true, to an extent, but as they say, the devil is in the details. Let me clear a few up for you.
- Yes, majority of our wildlife wants to kill you - but only if you venture out of the city
- We love a beer - though I have never seen a can of Fosters, let alone know anyone that drinks it (though, through research for this post, I did discover that it is, in fact an Australian beer, but was only really popular in the 80s)
- We do use a fair amount of slang, but no where near as much as you think we do. Majority of what you guys don't understand, in my experience, is just us running our words together and having a slightly different pronunciation
- Very rarely do we say "G'day" unless it's to take the piss out of someone, usually a tourist
I hope this clears a few things up ;)
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