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Thread #1808   Message #2449428
Posted By: Bob Bolton
24-Sep-08 - 11:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Outside Track (Henry Lawson)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Outside Track (Henry Lawson)
G'day Charlie,

It's generally accepted that the Australian Larrikin slang term Push is straight from the German Pusch ... often the manoeuvre, as well as the strong-arm group instituting it, of a takeover in politics ... such as 'Hitler's Beer-hall pusch".
There's a surprising amont of "foreign lingo" in the push slang - such as the 'girlfriend' Sandra described who was the Larrikin's 'cliner' (the German 'kleine' - 'little one')as well as his 'dona' - from the portugese 'donah'.

A lot of German terms arose on the earlier gold fields ... strikingly 'shicer' for a a hole you dug through lots of hard rock ... and didn't find a grain of gold. (German schiesse - what you might as well fill the hole with!

BTW: "... where I unction as a forum moderator ... ". It's nice to see that you keep the process oiled