I am, of course, reading all this and laughing my head off...
My husband and I constantly tease each other about his SA euphemisms (there
is a very funny story attached to my discovery of what a Stobie Pole is but
I won't tell it here~!). He teases me about my NSW-isms i.e. we have devon
instead of fritz and we pronounce our 'oo' sounds very differently to South
Australians. (He says we say 'pewl' for pool, but when he says pool, it
sounds like 'paul' to me).
However, as Robert might attest, Territorians are precious about lots of
things. Any slight on their freedoms such as reducing the speed limits,
stopping smoking in cafes, and oh my goodness! changing the name of a town,
amounts to do-gooders from the South infiltrating the NT and destroying 'the
Anyway... yes, I will correct all my colleagues when they say 'Dusky
Woodswallows...' and wear it on the chin whilst holding up Simpson & Day (I
don't have the other text) and pointing to the appropriate page, saying, but
it's really a Little Woodswallow.
From: "Greg" <>
CC: "Tony Russell" <>, "'Paul Jacobson'"
<>, "'Amanda Markham'" <>,
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Mt Sonder-Rwetyepme, Jabiru, local names etc
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 10:22:01 +1000
I had my tongue firmly in my cheek when I suggested changing the name of
the town but it sounds like it was not such a radical idea after all.
Considering most people think that 'Jabiru' is an Australian Aboriginal
name, which it isn't, renaming the town with an appropriate local
indigenous name would be great.