Although I was born and raised in Australia, I’ve never really felt like a ‘true blue Aussie’ — mostly because I don’t generally use phrases like true blue Aussie.
Oh wait! Disclaimer: But before I go any further, I want to point out that I mean no disrespect to those who use these words. It’s definitely not a good/bad argument I’m making. More an observation about how my use of language has evolved over the years (but it sounds dull when I say it like that) (maybe it’s dull anyway) (tell me in the comments).
Anyway, words like g’day, barbie, brekkie, sunnies, sangas, prezzies & rellies* don’t roll off my tongue. They feel foreign in my mouth.
And until recently, I didn’t give it much thought. I’m pretty comfortable with my Australian identity and my use of language.
But lately I’ve noticed I’m not taking the short cuts that I used to. Today, I was writing an email to a friend and typed the word arvo. I paused for a moment, then deleted it and typed afternoon instead. It just looked wrong.
And the beautiful little instrument I got a few months back? It’s a ukulele, not a uke. Of course other people say uke and that’s all tickety-boo; I just can’t bring myself to say it.
Anyone else noticing changes in their language use?
Maybe one day, if you’re good, I’ll tell you about my adventures with the word ‘only’.
*Good day/hello, barbecue, breakfast, sunglasses, sandwiches, presents & relatives.