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Title: Hello Possums: Barry Humphries and Australian English
Contributor(s): Pender, Anne (author)
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: In August this year an Australian woman visiting the United States found herself in trouble after she answered an air steward with the words "fair dinkum". The young woman was responding to the steward's statement that there were no pretzels. After uttering the phrase, Sophie Reynolds of Queanbeyan in New South Wales, was ordered to hand over her passport to the SkyWest Airlines staff and was told that she might be charged with committing a federal offence. When she disembarked at Pittsburgh, Ms Reynolds was met by three uniformed officers who said: "You swore at the hostess and there are federal rules against that." Reynolds replied: "I did not swear at the hostess, I just said fair dinkum" (Australian, 11 August 2007, p. 5).
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Ozwords, 16(1), p. 1-3
Publisher: Australian National University, Australian National Dictionary Centre and Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: Canberra
ISSN: 1321-0858
Field of Research (FOR): 200302 English Language
190407 Music Performance
HERDC Category Description: C3 Non-Refereed Article in a Professional Journal
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