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Do you know what “full as a goog” means? Do you know what a goog is?
A goog is an egg – and full as a goog means totally full – you can’t put any more in.
Australia Day got me thinking about expressions many Australians take for granted – expressions such as “goog” and “full as a goog”.
I always remember the confused expression on my son’s face when his grandmother (my mother) used thi the goog expression.
Many Australian expressions came from the UK. Others were modified in Australia.
My mum is from Australian-British background. My mother-in-law is from a European background – unfamiliar with many “Aussie” expressions.
My son had never heard the goog expression until my mother said it to him. I imagine lots of other people don’t know Aussie expressions until the expressions are explained to them.
My mum teaches my son “older” Australian expressions and even bought him a book on Aussie Lingo.
He loves the book and is keen to learn more Aussie expressions.
He loves many of the colourful and cheeky and funny expressions – like bum nut and cackle berries – other expressions for egg.
What do YOU think about these colourful Aussie expressions?
Should they be passed on to new generations to preserve our Australian-ness?
My son will learn these expressions – because his grandmother makes the effort to teach him (and because he is interested in learning Aussie lingo).
Can we do more to pass on Aussie Lingo?
Should kids be encouraged to learn this language – or are their learning schedules already as full as a goog?
You may think many of these expressions are outdated. You may think we need to preserve them.
Personally, I’m glad my mum is teaching my son these expressions.
Please add your views to the comments section below.