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N8
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Location: NY, USA
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Posted:Being an American and using this type of nonverbal communication in a positive manner I find this really really funny.I one of my education texts it said that a a thumbs up in Australia is like the middle finger in America. *trys to contain laughter*....*fails to contain laughter* sorry. So I would like to hear from some of the natives. Is there truth to this? And do all the stupid Americans do it be accident when they visit?N8------------------Care of other people's approval and you become their prisoner.Live fully, Rave wholly.Fluid are the movements of my strings...

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Charles
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Location: Auckland
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Posted:Naah, dead wrong, it means the same thing in pretty much all western countries.There is some islands in Greece, however, where it means (roughly translated) "Sit on this!"Undertsandably, there have been a few fights breaking out between chefs and western diners every now and then...PS This is what I 'heard' to, so it might also be dead wrong...
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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:Thumbs up - bloody bonza beauty mate (translation - it's cool man)ade

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Katinca
Katinca

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Location: Adelaide - South Australia
Member Since: 9th May 2001
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Posted:You have the one "thumbs up"..which is cool, wicked..etc.And the both thumbs up "Double thumbs up"...F#$cking wicked Mate, bonza etc!! Double thumbs up and Holding a beer, now thats talent!!In the era of Mr. Shakespeare, do you bite the thumb at the...(or something along those lines, its been a while) It's offensive if you bite your thumb towards someone, not here though, I think it still is in a few European countries, of older origin.But the middle finger here, means the same as it does everywhere get. Get F....Australian Language Lessons...Want to know anymore I am full of Australian slag too, for example:Sheila, Bloke, Howz-i-go-in (have to say that one very nasaly). You stupid galah, Flat out like a lizard drinking. Uo-Roo (sp??) Down the bitamin....oh there are so many to choose from.
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Pele
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Location: WNY, USA
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Posted:Katince...I may not know Aus-speak but I know Shakespeare (that Ren thing)"Dost thou bite thy thumb good sir?""Aye, I bite my thumb to thee."(But I really don't bite my thumb at you...you know I love ya Katinca!
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Bendy
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Location: Adelaide, SA, Australia
Member Since: 29th Aug 2001
Total posts: 750
Posted:Pele - I don't know the exact words, but doesn't he say that: yes, he does indeed bite his thumb, but then does not specify that it is at the other dude. The lack of specific definition and the interpretation is what leads them to a gunfight (well in the latest movie it was guns
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Katinca
Katinca

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Location: Adelaide - South Australia
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Posted:Like I said, it had been a while, and I never said I could quote it. Thank you for clearing that up guys.------------------ ~*~ Katinca ~*~

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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
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Posted:It always surprises the crap out of me when I realise just how many hilarious phrases we learn, growing up here.Do you overseas peoples cop more slang as you drive further away from suburbia?Well, our Bogans here carry on like a bunch of gallahs. And i think every state has their own dialect. like bogans are 'bevans' in queensland - waddya think, Draevon?? I think the other states call a slab of beer a case. (Chuckles unsympathetically.) I love it! but like botox injections, australiana is easily overdone - Screaming "Aussie aussie aussie" used to be funnier before the olympics oversold it!P.S. We only ever speak in slang when tourists are around =).SHHHhhh!------------------"He shall know your ways as if born to them"-Fremen prophecy

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Cantus
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Location: Down the road
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Posted:*sings* Pele loves Katinca, Pele loves Katinca!!!Pele and Kate sitting in the tree, K.I.S.S.I.N......erm, sorry I don't know what came over me. I blame NYC. I thought it was another of them internet romance things blossoming.------------------C@ntusThere's only one way of life and that's your own.

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Katinca
Katinca

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Location: Adelaide - South Australia
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Posted:C@ntus is jealous...C@ntus is jealous...see two can play childish games.So there...Nerrrr...neeee...nerrrr.....nerrrrr
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Phuhzzzie Wuhzzzie the Pumpkin King
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Location: Melbourne, the new Land of Nod
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Posted:Being of the Gothic culture I have to know about literature and history (or so the stereotype says) anyway the Elizebethan (Shakesphereian) thumb biting thing is a way calling somebody, usually a guy, gay. I hope that clears it up for all the inquisitors out there. ------------------A wise man once said to me, "Hey! You! Get out of my wardrobe!" and in a way, I guess he was right.[This message has been edited by Phuhzzzie Wuhzzzie (edited 15 February 2002).]

A wise man once said to me, Hey! You! Get out of my wardrobe! and in a way, I guess he was right.

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clare
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Location: Perf, australia
Member Since: 10th Nov 2001
Total posts: 82
Posted:i call a slab of beer a slab. i think case is an american word.bogans are bogans here too. except for the ones with slightly gothic tendencies (flannel and black lace?). theyre gogans.

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Dom
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Location: Bristol, UK
Member Since: 19th Dec 2001
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Posted:E. Cobham Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1898 lists:To bite ones thumb at another. To insult; to provoke to a quarrel. Do you bite your thumb at me? Do you mean to insult me? The way of expressing defiance and contempt was by snapping the finger or putting the thumb in the mouth. Both these acts are termed a fico, whence our expressions Not worth a fig, I dont care a fig for you. Decker, describing St. Pauls Walk, speaks of the biting of thumbs to beget quarrels: (See GLOVE.) 4 I see Contempt marching forth, giving mee the fico with his thombe in his mouth.Wits Miserie (1596). I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, i. 1.

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Bendy
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Location: Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Posted:To me a slab is only a slab if it is a plastic wrapped cardboard tray of cans. eg coke, beer whatever. Otherwise everyone here calls it a carton.

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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:In Sydney,NSW we say either: slab of beer/case or carton of piss. How did we ever get together in Federation, if we can't even agree on what our beer comes in? (BTW - do you call it a schooner or a pot
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SorchaTheFlaming
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Posted:i fequently use the words"sod off!" "piss off" "bugger off""bloody-o" "doof" "sick" etc.here in canada no one knows that the hell your talking about..heh heh hehwhen you say "sod off" its mistook for "saw it off" which is funny all on it own,,

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Stone
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Location: Melbourne
Member Since: 13th Jun 2001
Total posts: 2830
Posted:Hi N8,I suggest your the text is probably old and dated, because once upon a time, in say the mid 70's, using a thumbs up was equivalent to using the rude finger. At the time people used to put the thumb out to hitch a ride, but because this action became rude (and I think it also became illegal) hitchhikers changed to using other fingers to hitch a ride. Maybe I have watched too many epic gladiator type movies, but I always felt the thumbs up or down thing came from the Roman coliseum when Caesar would give the thumbs up, for a good performance and let the gladiator/slave/Christian live, or thumbs down and the gladiator/slave/Christian would be executed. Today, as in Roman times, a thumbs up in Australia means good or great, and is often used to convey this sentiment from a distance.
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Auspoiboy
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Location: Melbourne Australia
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Posted:Well actually stone, it is very possible that in roman times, a thumbs down meant live and thumbs up meant die.Historians tell us that it is impossible to tell from the artifacts that show the gladitorial combat which meant which.It was during the making of a very old movie about the roman games, that an executive decsision was made, so that thumbs up is thumbs up. Just another way that hollywood has influenced our lives.
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And as for aussie jargon, "ripper beauty bottler bonzer corker Maaaaate" this means "oh jolly good show ol bean" in england, and "dude that was fully sick awesome bro" in america
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MYMA
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Location: blah, Togo
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Posted:how often do you give "thumbs-up" now a days?I havn't seen anyone do it without being laughed at (or with) in a while...

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Bendy
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Location: Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Total posts: 750
Posted:SCUBA divers use the thumbs up to signify the need to (or agree to) return to the surface. The "A-ok!" thing that looks like a bunny shadow puppet is used for the "good stuff" sign.

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Cantus
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Location: Down the road
Member Since: 30th Jul 2001
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Posted:Yeah but the other scuba divers might be laughing at his thumbs up. You couldn't tell whilst they have their equipment on....*Tiptoes quietly away*[This message has been edited by Cantus (edited 17 March 2002).]

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Organized Kaos
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Location: Thornhill, Ontario Canada
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Posted:I heard that the word 'Roots' is also like a slang for fuck offand when the olympics were in Sydney everyone was buying the roots shirts from canada,,,is that true...mates
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Bendy
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Location: Adelaide, SA, Australia
Member Since: 29th Aug 2001
Total posts: 750
Posted:Root is a fairly innocent term that can replace fuck in most situations. "This thing is rooted" means it is stuffed, broken, just all-round-bad; "Who did you root last night?" means who did you sleep with last night etc.

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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:Ahh, rooted, many uses indeed, as Bendy's already mentioned, but two of my favourite uses are:If I'm rooting around for something, I'm having a gander, a look.If I'm rooted, then I'm exhausted.But yeah, if it's rooted, it pretty well f%^cked.Can't really think of a time when I'd use the plural.... ('tis early though
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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
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Posted:Nah dude, a schooner's like bigger than a pot glass and smaller than a pint glass. I fink.Don't ask me to back that up cos from St Patrick's day has me head all rooted *sniggers*BTW Does anyone call it 'to skull a beer' when you gulp down whatever amount you have in front of you? Oh gawd it hurts just thinking about it right now./slumps forward at work."I have't had a **nt all night, Mr drinkstable!"

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Twirl'N'Burn
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Location: Brisbane QLD Australia
Member Since: 29th Nov 2001
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Posted:Hey has anyone ever heard George Carlins 'Usage of the work F&*K' it is very very funny because it is so very true.Download it using Morpheous or Kazaa

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