Aussie (n. and adj): informal term for Australia or Australian.
It is a phenomenon worth studying.
Ever since Crocodile Dundee debuted in America in 1986, the folks of our country have been absolutely enamored by Australians.
- We’ve eaten shrimp with them down at the “barbie.”
- We frequently go to the Outback Steakhouse.
- And we nearly had 40 days of mourning over a young man who got stung and killed by a stingray.
What is our fascination with those we dub Aussies?
May I advance some possibilities?
- They have almost an American audacity to proclaim their country a continent. (We don’t even do that.)
- They kind of talk British without being sprinkled with fairy dust.
- They look like they would wear shorts to work everyday.
- Knowing that opera is boring, they made their Sydney Opera House interesting looking.
- They have kangaroos. Come on.
- Their country has a Wild West feel to it instead of being beleaguered by mini-malls and huge billboards.
- Every once in a while they produce a good rock and roll band.
- And finally, their winter is in July. (That’s gutsy.)
I think the basic thing that promotes the Aussie appeal is that they have a friendliness instead of a nastiness, even though they appear to be extremely independent.
In our country, if you’re going to be a free-thinker, you normally choose to snarl.
In Australia, you say, “G’day.”
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