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GUEST,Barrie Roberts Folklore: Missing from online Aussie dictionary: (19) RE: Folklore: Missing from online Aussie dictionary: 03 Sep 05

I'm amazed that 'bodgie' and 'widgie' are missing from the Aussie Online Dictionary. When I used them both in a novel a couple of years ago, my (British) copy editor didn't even raise one of her irritating questions about them, so they must have been in whatever dictionary my publishers used. By contrast, when I correctly referred to the bird known as a 'hobby' in England, by its correct name -- subbuteo --- I got a note saying that the only 'subbuteo' in their dictionary was a table football game. I had to point out to them that the bloke who invented 'Subbuteo' couldn't register his original name for it, so he called it 'Subbuteo' after his hobby --- which was bird-watching!

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