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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Day 304 - The Letter Z.....Australian Speak

When we informed our Foreign Exchange student Association's Local Representative of our choice of an Australian child, we justified our decision by saying it was only for five months and she speaks English.  How hard could THAT be?  He replied kindly, "You call THAT English?"  Little did I know that he was right.  We have found that Australians are unconsciously in love with the letter Z.  They trunk the first Syllable (or as my english teacher used to emphasize Syl LAAAAA  ble) and then add the letter Z to it, making their Australian version of the english essence bastardizing it.  For example....Mosquito becomes Mozzy, Underwear are Undies pronounced Undeez, Australians are self-proclaimed Auzzies, and the flannel shirts they wear are Flannies.

I've learned we put our spare tires in the boot of the car, we call the trunk, and the bonnet that we lift in the front of the car to check our oil is known as a hood in American English.  The bench is where I cook and place my groceries, which we call the counter.  They put r's where there are none and don't pronounce the r's that are there.  Burger becomes Bahgah and Worg is spelled Wog and means the type of food found in the Mediterranean.  Tucker (pronounced Tuckah) means good food and that the food we think we are eating at Outback Steakhouse Restaurant is really American!

We're not allowed to drive in Australia because we don't have an Australian license (I need a fact check here on this one) and besides that we can't figure out how to drive on the other side of the road.  I guess we as Americans are smart enough in the northern hemisphere to figure it out in London, but our brains just turn upside down when we travel south of the equator to countries like Australia and messes us all up.  I mean down, ohh see I'm so confused just thinking about it.

The Winwood Family Flags
My student, affectionately known as Samzie now for obvious reasons, keeps asking for her thongs.  I explain she can't wear those here!!! Phew, relief, she means her FLIP FLOPS, not the no butt (or no bum in her English) underwear (undies translated for all you Auzzies) with a single string.  So I leave you with a translation of some of the words that a bushman, bloke, mate posted for those of us who fail to understand...



Australian English — American English

Ad or advertisement (ad break), TV — Commercial (commercial break)
Autumn — fall
Bag — sack
Barrack (for your team) — root
Bedside cabinet, cupboard or table — nightstand
Beetle — bug
Biro (a brand) — ballpoint
Blackboard — chalkboard or blackboard
Blackboard duster — chalkboard or blackboard eraser
Bloke (or fella [fellow]) — guy
Booking — reservation
Bum (backside or bottom) — butt
Bushfire — forest fire, wildfire
Bushwalk/bushwalking — hike/hiking (NZ — tramping)
Bucket — pail
Caretaker — janitor
Carrybag — tote
CBD (Central Business District) — downtown. Australians will also say they are 'going into town' — meaning going into the centre of the town (the CBD).
Chemist shop — drug store
Chook shed or yard — chicken coop
Clever — neat ('neat' in Australia is only used to mean 'tidy/well organised')
Conference — congress
Curtains — drapes
Cyclone — hurricane
Dad — pop ('pop' in Australia means grandfather, but more commonly referred to as 'grandad')
Deb (debutante) ball (formal coming-of-age dance for girls [and boys] of a certain age; run by community organisations, such as a Masonic Lodge or Rotary — not specifically related to schools — with proceeds going to charity) — school prom (closest equivalent)
Diary or journal (for recording appointment times and/or the day's details) — date book or (daily) planner
Dinner suit or 'black tie' or tails (coat with 'tails') — tux (tuxedo)
Doona — duvet
Door frame — door jam
Drawing pins — thumb tacks
Dummy — pacifier
Film (film star, film producer etc) — movie (movie star, movie producer etc)
Finish — quit
Flat or unit — apartment
Footpath, pavement — sidewalk
Footy — football (In Australia, what sort of football it is depends on where you are. In Tasmania, Victoria, southern NSW, SA, WA, & the NT it'll probably be Aussie Rules [AFL]; in Qld and central & northern NSW it'll be rugby ('union' or 'league'), however soccer is also referred to as footy, and it's increasingly played in primary schools, as well as professionally. Rugby has also sneaked into Victoria, but it only has a toe-hold.)
Freight (or postage) — shipping (in Australia, 'shipping' is only used when an actual ship is involved; postage is via the postal system, freight is via other carriers)
Friends or mates (usually a bloke's friends) — buddies
Fringe — bangs
Greeting card — note card
Grid iron — American football
Ground floor (floor level with the ground) — first floor
Guillotine — paper cutter
Guinea pigs — hamsters
Holiday — vacation
Hang around together — hang out together
Jokes — gags
Jug - pitcher
Lawyer/solicitor — attorney
Lift — elevator
Lucerne - alfalfa
Medicine — drugs (in Australia, when the general public talk about 'drugs' they're referring to illegal drugs — only members of the medical profession refer to medicine as 'drugs')
Mozzy — mosquito
Newsagency — newsstand (In Australia, the person running the newsagency — the owner and/or manager — is called a newsagent. An Australian newsagency business primarily sells newspapers & magazines; and usually basic stationery, greeting cards, and often lottery tickets.)
Noticeboard — bulletin board
Pay tv — cable tv
Pegs — clothes pins
Portaloo — portajohn (brands, but used as nouns)
Primary school — elementary school
Prime mover (semi-trailer) - tractor
Postcode — zipcode
Powerpoint — wall plug
Queue — line
Real estate agent — realtor
Reception (motel/hotel) — lobby
Resign — quit
Ride-on mower - ride-on tractor
Roadtrain — 'trailer truck' or 'big rig' etc
Rubber (for pencils) — eraser
Rubbish bin (& rubbish tip) — trash can or garbage can (& garbage dump)
Sacked — fired
Sandpit — sandbox
Semi-trailer (truck) - semi-trailer but also tractor-trailer
Sent — shipped
Shop — store
Shopping centre — shopping mall
Shopping trolley — shopping cart
Skip — dumpster
Sunbake — sunbathe (U.S. & U.K.) (The difference is very appropriate if you think about it. Australia has the highest incidence of skincancer in the world — so 'bake' instead of 'bathe' is very appropriate.)
Survey — poll
Tap - spigot
Teatowel - dish towel
The pictures (as in let's go to the pictures) — the movies
Tick (the box) — check (the box)
Track (eg Kokoda track is the Australian term) — trail (eg trail riding is a U.S. term)
Trolley (as in shopping trolley) — cart
Turf (turf farm) — sod (sod farm)
Send (sent) — ship (shipped)
Spa — jacuzzi
Tap — faucet
Torch — flashlight
Verandah (groundfloor; if it's raised up, it's a balcony) — porch
Wardrobe — closet
Weatherboard (timber clad housing) — clap board
Whinge — complain
Whiteboard — dry erase board
For emergency services in Australia, you dial 000 (triple zero), whereas it is 911 in the U.S.

Clothing-related words

Australian English — American English

Duds - clothes
G-string (bum floss) — thong
Jumper — sweater
Nappy - diaper
Sandshoes or gym shoes — trainers, track shoes or joggers
Strides (not common) - slacks, long pants (trousers - English)
Thongs — flip flops (jandals — New Zealand). Australian thongs are made of a rubber sole and a single v-shaped strap that connects at 3 points to the sole — between the big toe and neighbouring toe, and either side of the start of the heel. This simple but eminently practical design originated in traditional Japanese footwear (where you can even by warm socks especially designed for wearing with thongs). Thongs are not sandals! Thongs do not have a strap at the back tying them onto your feet! These are only worn by non-Aussies who grew up in cold climates, who didn't develop sufficient muscles in their toes to be able to keep thongs on. (It's probably this lot that insist on calling Australian thongs 'flip flops'.) Sandals are also worn by Aussies who are pretending they're dressed up. There are all sorts of sparkly colours available these days, so accurate colour co-ordination of outfits is possible. 'Double pluggers' is the nickname for thongs that have two plugs on either side of the foot connecting the strap to the sole — they're stronger than 'single pluggers'. ('Pluggers' for short; but this really is bogan-speak.) Dunlop commenced production in 1960 and they made the very best thongs, they took forever to wear out and were virtually bindi-proof, but unfortunately Dunlop stopped manufacturing these tough tropical gumboots a few years ago. Like many imported terms such as the U.S. equivalents for 'fringe', 'barrack' and 'bum bag', 'flip flops' doesn't conjure up pleasant mental pictures in the minds of most Aussies. They're perhaps mostly likely to think of a bloke jogging along a nudist beach or some equally undignified sight...
Tie — neck tie
'Togs' - the most common term for the gear you wear swimming, in most of Australia, except for in Sydney & surrounds, where they like to make complete goats of themselves by referring instead to 'cossies' (short for bathing 'costume'). Some Australians use the very mundane term of 'swimmers' or 'bathers', also. Togs is probably the one word that is used by most Australians to refer to swimming gear, but it has more regional variations than any other commony used term.
Tracksuit (trackie dacks etc) — sweat suit
Ugg (ug or ugh) boots — generic Australian terms, short for 'ugly' or 'ugh' (as in 'yuck, that's beauty-challenged footwear), used to refer to footwear made from 100% sheepskin (tanned sheepskin on the outside, sheeps wool on the inside).
Undies (underpants or pants) - panties, underwear (knickers - English)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Day 303 - Lets talk about Porn and Leadership

I'm reading the book by Colin Powell about Life and Leadership, It Worked for Me.  He has said so many good things, without giving away the book here are a few of them:

His Thirteen Rules
1. It ain't as bad as you think.  It will look better in the morning
2. Get mad, then get over it
3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it
4. It can be done
5. Be careful what you choose: you may get it
6. Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision
7. You can't make someone else's choices.  You shouldn't let someone else make yours
8. Check small things
9. Share Credit
10. Remain calm. Be kind.
11. Have a vision. Be demanding
12. Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers
13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

So I'm going to apply the general theme of my blog using these thirteen rules as it relates to men and women who view porn.

1. Is life so bad that one has to view porn (defined as....Pornography or porn is the explicit portrayal of sexual subject matter. Pornography may use a variety of media, including books, magazines, postcards, photos, sculpture, drawing, painting, animation, sound recording, film, video, and video games. The term applies to the depiction of the act rather than the act itself, and so does not include live exhibitions like sex shows and striptease. A pornographic model poses for still photographs. A pornographic actor or porn star performs in pornographic films. If dramatic skills are not involved, a performer in porn films may be also be called a model....Wikipedia)?  Self gratification in this form is not Godly or of leadership quality.  For what ever reason one choose to view it, curiosity, self-satisfaction, whatever, it has no life long value to make the next day better.  Hell if this is the case, one drink can make everything look better in the morning.

2. If your significant other discovers your interest in porn, get mad and then get over it.  It is your problem, not theirs because they discovered it.  Colin explains a soldier who pleaded that Colin not punish him for a DUI, stating, "You will ruin my career, my family life."  To which Colin responded, "No YOU did this to yourself, not me!"

3. If your position is that you have the "god given right" or freedom to view porn.  Consider the affect it has on your partners and children.  Adult children don't like knowing their fathers/mothers view porn just like young adults.  It is embarrassing to them.  So if your position is "I can do as I want" then you must accept that people don't want to be around people like this.  It leads to divorces, separations, arguments, etc. Is it of quality leadership is the real question?

4. Stopping this habit can be done. Filling that time with commitments that are long overdue, reading a book, working on a project, praying, spending time with your family as a fully-engaged family member, etc.

5. Be careful what you seek, you might end up like Fatal Attraction and meet somebody online who stalks you.  Or like Talhotblond who portrays that they are somebody they are not.

6. A good decision is to lead a clean wholesome life of leadership quality. Porn is not part of either of these two equations...clean and wholesome and leadership quality.

7. You can't do this because someone wants you to, you have to expect better for yourself.  You have to make this decision to be a leader and know that people watch you all the time.  If one wants to be a leader, one must exhibit behavior to be followed.

8. Check small things.  Well I'll let that one speak for itself.

9. Share credit, when people ask you why you quit, tell them.  Was it you, your faith, your partner?  Be fully disclosing so the wolves that hide in sheeps clothing can continue to see that they are not the only ones who can be strong enough to quit.  Lead the rest of the wolf pack to freedom of this grip of seduction.

10. Remain calm.  Be kind to the people who call you out and recognize that they love you for who you are, not your money, not your good looks, not your great personality.  They are only looking out for your best interest.

11. Have a vision.  Be demanding of yourself.  Set higher standards, get out of the gutter where Leaders don't dwell.

12. Don't let the wolves or crabs pull you back down.  Listen to the people who support you.

13. Believe in yourself.  If you don't, nobody else will.

The bottom line is if one professes to have experience, knowledge, and motivation to be a leader, they must exhibit leadership qualities when nobody's looking.  This is where character is born, lives and flourishes.  Leaders have character and exhibit it at all times.  Justification for porn, or any connection with it for any manner is below such leadership standards.

Do the right thing. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day 302 - Reflections of Gossip

re·flec·tion  (r-flkshn)  n.
1. The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
2. Something, such as light, radiant heat, sound, or an image, that is reflected.
3.a. Mental concentration; careful consideration.  b. A thought or an opinion resulting from such consideration

As I watch our new host daughter Sam riding her new bike on the bike trail after having just arrived in America from Australia, I can only imagine the thoughts that must be going through her mind.  It so different she keeps saying.  To wake up in a new bed with new smells and new sounds around you as a young adult must be a little intimidating. There are new rules and even though the language is the same we have found that English is not always the same.  I'm sure she's doing a lot of thinking and processing her new environment. I'm sure she is reflecting upon the choice she made in one big decision to step out of her comfort zone and experience another culture without the safety net of family and country. She must be carefully considering her next move and mentally concentrating to fit in.  

I've been doing my own reflecting lately as I was recently told that someone told this person who told me that I was gossiping.  I hardly have time to gossip so it was a little unsettling to hear this from anyone about myself.  So I reflected on my own for about three days and as the universe usually does, sent me the answers I was looking for on a tv show I value.  They defined gossip is when you have malice of intent or mindless, third-party conversation about someone, something you haven't said to that someone.  So there it was. First I never have malicious intent when talking about anyone, it isn't the right thing to do and it just isn't in my nature.  Second, my problem is quite the opposite, I say things to people's face and definitely not behind their back and that is usually my problem, I'm brutally honest, it is a curse if I'm around unlike people but a benefit when around people who are like myself and secure in their own skin.  Third, I have found that talking in third persons about "general" situations has suited me more. So this was really hard to hear that someone was gossiping about me gossiping about somebody else.  Neither which was true! 

The show continued on and said that people usually gossip to take the focus off of themselves.  The type of people that gossip usually don't have much going on in their own lives. For me, that is sooo true, I have so much in my life I don't have time to gossip let alone the need to make myself feel better, bigger, happier, more secure.  I'm big enough already (hee hee) and happy and secure.  I've been blessed with a good life and have made a difference in many people's lives.  As I strolled in the park with my new host daughter from Australia, it reminded me of this and I have to know that in my heart of hearts, that this battle wasn't meant for me to defend, the universe will take care of this one for me.  Just Stand, when there's nothing left, Just Stand, no weapon formed against me shall prosper as the great words of Christian Hymns say.

An egret and its reflection
So as Sam and I Just Stood watching the Egret and its reflection, we walked away from the beautiful park and commented about the beauty in nature and how our lives were pretty good.  We watched as another Egret flew over and beckoned the first Egret in the water to join it.  The Egret in the water did just that, and off they went together....I'm guessing to catch up on the reflect.  I'm hoping they don't gossip as it isn't natural in a balanced ecosystem.

Here are a few photos of Sam and her adventures in America and the new Bra I've made to be auctioned off at the annual Bosom Buddy Auction in Connecticut to support Breast Cancer.  I've been too busy to miss the person that accused me of gossiping.

Sam and a Blue Man after the show

Sam and BJ before the show!

Spanish Moth photo on left

Spanish Moth Bra with antennas!
Other quotes from that show:

Comparison is an act of violence against oneself.  ~Iyanla Vanzant

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are    ~Joseph Campbell