Wouldn’t it be indulging in sexual intercourse, whilst on a rock…….. or a question: “would you like
a SHAG on a rock ….”? I doubt many Australians would know what a Shag is, in terms of a bird. Although
I have read somewhere that people do not like to cormorant on a rock.
From: Geoff [
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Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] New Zealand bird of the year poll subject to dirty tricks - by Aussies
The saying that I have heard is “Like a SHAG on a rock”.
Interestingly “UsingEnglish.com” writes
If someone feels like a shag on a rock, they are lonely or isolated. A shag is an Australian bird that often perches alone on a rock.
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Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] New Zealand bird of the year poll subject to dirty tricks - by Aussies
Has anyone ever heard anyone in Australia (or NZ) refer to someone being "as lonely as a cormorant on a rock"?