You've got two chances: Buckley's and none
You've got two chances: Buckley's and none.
This famous phrase likely refers to William Buckley, a convict with an incredible story. Buckley's chance means you've got no chance at all, which is a little odd, considering Buckley managed to elude colonial authorities for over 30 years by escaping into the Australian bush where he lived with Indigenous people until giving himself up.
The irony of this phrase emerging from Buckley's story feels very modern and inspired us to look for other chance related slang words.
While dredging the silty river of the Macquarie database we also found crool, as in he crooled his chance. Meaning to ruin or spoil, crool is basically obsolete, though the purposeful misspelling of cruel feels like a perfect fit for our meme-ruled online world.
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