Dictionary of Catch Phrases

Author: Eric Partridge

Publisher: Scarborough House

ISBN: 1461660408

Category: Social Science

Page: 408

View: 664


A catch phrase is a well-known, frequently-used phrase or saying that has `caught on' or become popular over along period of time. It is often witty or philosophical and this Dictionary gathers together over 7,000 such phrases.

BUCKLEY, BATMAN & MYNDIE: Echoes of the Victorian culture-clash frontier

Author: N.A

Publisher: BookPOD

ISBN: 0992290406

Category: History

Page: 1105

View: 8177


Sounding 1: BEFORE 1840 The notes, journals and characters of Aboriginal Protectors William Thomas and his Chief George Robinson form the backbone of this compilation. With this ethnographic material we learn something of the Kulin worldview into this mostly white-fella history. Sounding 1: Before 1840 describes the initial British and European experiences, events, observations, intentions, self-serving judgements, ignorance, naivete, treachery and so on when they found Oz and proclaimed the continent theirs by the now obvious fiction of terra nullius – Latin legalese for ‘land belonging to no people’. The reader may enjoy separating the grains of truth from the chaff propaganda of Empire capitalism or racist / sectarian Christian bible dogma that was the self-serving mindset of the white land-takers. Batman and Fawkner’s land-hunting deals with local koori’s along with the re-emergence of the remarkable wild white castaway Buckley made their mark on the first settlement at Melbourne. The focus widens in 1836 with Surveyor-General Major Mitchell’s and his Wuradjuri guides ‘conquering the interior’ from the Murray near Mildura to the Western District at Portland and then back north-east across the state to the Murray upstream at Albury. His wheel tracks opened up Victoria from the north. First contact race interactions at Port Phillip and the notion of cultural-coexistence during the first five years leads to the role of ‘successful battler’ and publican Fawkner in the colonial invasion process from Kulin country to sheep-run to city. Sounding 1 then winds up with Melbourne’s first executions and descriptions of Port Phillip as the money melting pot forming the Melbourne hub of world capitalism. Twentieth century academic studies now identify native religion, language zones, tribal locations and clan heads at the time of dispossession by pirate capitalism. In describing the Australian land-rush the chapter echoes oscillate between history, sociology, race theory, trade and class wars, whaling and sealing, imperialism and the monopoly East India Company army mates all pitted against the ‘vanishing race’ of hunter-gathering ‘savages’. The dispossession was virtually complete in Victoria before the 1850’s gold rushes transformed the sheep-runs into banker’s dividend wealth for the ‘winners’. Sounding 2: DISPOSSESSION AT MELBOURNE: Sounding 2 unfolds gently with a wistful early Melbourne memoir involving Batman’s lost lawyer Gellibrand in 1836 but then we confront the frontier ‘kill or be killed’ point of necessity. The violent life, times and fate of mass murderer Fred Taylor who was first employed as overseer for banker Swanston’s Bellarine peninsula land-grab sets the local dispossession tone. Taylor’s repeated atrocities today exposes a credibility gap in Oz – between civilized progress and slaughter, that now looms over all else in Victoria’s birth as an independent state in 1851. The winter of 1837 saw the first violent death of a white squatter and his servant by ‘savage natives’ north-west of Williamstown at Mt Cotterell. Town leaders such as Fawkner and ‘police chief’ Henry Batman formed a posse that also included clan heads from both the Melbourne and Geelong tribal areas. Buckley refused to take part in the vigilante party and its punitive actions belied the humanitarian standards expressed in Batman’s treaty deed. This revenge slaughter and destruction of ‘villages’ by the white invaders forced the Sydney government to investigate and so began administering ‘law and order’ at Port Phillip. By 1838 Sydney trumped Batman’s land-grab and the penal government of NSW on the one hand executing eight ‘whites’ for killing what the newspapers called ‘savages’, while on the other hand providing sufficient speedy cavalry to tackle black resistance in Victoria at places such as west of Colac and near Benalla after the Faithfull massacre. The arrival in 1839 of first governor La Trobe and the Aboriginal Protectorate plan then unfolds the development of town civic structures while tribal life disintegrates. Government and private measures to ‘tame the naked Melbourne natives’ culminated with the dawn Merri Creek round-up in October 1840 of hundreds of Kulins by Major Lettsom’s redcoats and townsmen. This appears as the death blow to tribal life, and with the first shiploads of migrating British colonists arriving in 1841, near genocide for the Kulin, Mara, Kurnai and Murray River first-peoples.

Only in Tasmania

Author: Sandra Huett

Publisher: Sandra Huett

ISBN: 0987185004

Category: Curiosities and wonders

Page: 164

View: 3196


"Executions, murders, suicides, poisonings, shipwrecks, floods, cemetery desecration, airline crashes, fires, pre-historic discoveries - all this and more has occurred in Tasmania's relatively short 210 year history since colonisation... A plethora of true stories about the gruesome, shocking , amazing and amusing events from Tasmania's history..."--Back cover.

A Dictionary of Catch Phrases

Author: Eric Partridge

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134929986

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 412

View: 9106


A catch phrase is a well-known, frequently-used phrase or saying that has `caught on' or become popular over along period of time. It is often witty or philosophical and this Dictionary gathers together over 7,000 such phrases.

The Story of Australian English

Author: Kel Richards

Publisher: NewSouth

ISBN: 1742241905

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 2913


The English language arrived in Australia with the first motley bunch of European settlers on 26 January 1788. Today there is clearly a distinctive Australian regional dialect with its own place among the global family of ‘Englishes’. How did this come about? Where did the distinctive pattern, accent, and verbal inventions that make up Aussie English come from? A lively narrative, this book tells the story of the birth, rise and triumphant progress of the colourful dingo lingo that we know today as Aussie English.

Jab I Met . . .

Author: Sudhir Vinayak Joglekar

Publisher: PartridgeIndia

ISBN: 1482837226

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 6503


"Close encounters with multitudinous humankind" would be an apt description for Sudhir Joglekar's collection of stories, Jab I Met. With quicksilver, self-deprecating wit and a sharp eye for human weakness, the author delineates several chance encounters he has experienced over various stages of his life. Joglekar weaves a rich tapestry of these meetings, ranging from legal skirmishes and student squabbles to friendly dialogues, from office debates and socio-political commentaries to bhaang-induced gabfests. Like the Bollywood movies which are frequently referenced, an undercurrent of joie de vivre flows through the mix of mirth, outrage, ambition, and melodrama which this seasoned road warrior presents. A book not to be missed for all those who want a glimpse into modern India's triumphs and travails, its heroes, anti-heroes, villains, and extras.

Kel Richards' Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Author: Kel Richards

Publisher: NewSouth

ISBN: 1742241123

Category: Humor

Page: 310

View: 9361


Covering many unique—and sometimes peculiar—Australian slang phrases and words, this lighthearted guide shares the etymological history of almost 1,000 items from Australian-English lingo. The book includes how “bloody” became an all-purpose swear word, why “bludger” means a lazy person, the origin of “stone the crows,” and what exactly defines “dangle the dunlops,” “possum knockers,” and “molly-dooker,” among other colorful words and phrases. Entertaining and informative, this offbeat book will expand knowledge and ensure laughs.