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a few roos loose in the top paddock

bit daft, strange or loopy compare with a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic or a few lamingtons short of a CWA meeting etc.: Don't worry about him, he's got a few roos loose in the top paddock.

Contributor's comments: Used often in Bundaberg.
after grog bog

The term applied to going to the loo the morning following a big night on the grog: I wouldn't go in there (loo) I just did an agb. Compare CBD, PGB, beer bog, grog bog.

Contributor's comments: Often shortened on Sydney's Nth Shore to 'AGB' or 'CBD' = Chronic Bum Disease.

Contributor's comments: Yes I've heard this in melbourne.

Contributor's comments: I've often heard it refeered to as a 'Beer Bog'.

Contributor's comments: This term is often shortened to groggy - "I felt very ordinary this morning, but started to feel better after I had a groggy."

After Grog Bog. The bog you have the morning after the night before: [toilet flush] Oooooh, that was an ABG if I've ever seen one... Compare CBD, PGB.

Contributor's comments: I've heard this from a Melburnian.

Contributor's comments: [Sydney informant] The term applied to going to the loo the morning following a big night on the grog: "I wouldn't go in there (loo) I just did an agb."

Contributor's comments: AGB also known in Melbourne as PGB, post grog bog.

Contributor's comments: Also in New England area.
Albany doctor

A cooling afternoon sea breeze which arrives in Kalgoorlie. Compare Esperance doctor, Fremantle doctor.
apple scroll

a rolled sweet bun containing diced apple. Compare London bun.

Contributor's comments: I'm sure we used to get apple scrolls in Melbourne where I grew up.

Contributor's comments: We had apple scroll's at the school tuckshop in Melbourne in the sixties/seventies.

Contributor's comments: I think apple scroll is a pretty universal term. I've found them so called in baker's shops throughout Victoria. The Baker's Delight chain sells them widely.
area school

noun a state school in a rural area which provides both primary and secondary education. Compare central school, consolidated school, district school.

Contributor's comments: Sheffield Area School was established the first in Tasamania. [It] was established in 1939 - many other area schools in rural Tas. All have now converted to 'district high schools' with classes from K to 10.

Contributor's comments: An 'area school' in Tasmania, from the early 60s to mid 80s, was ostensibly a rural primary school, though there may have been an attached kindergarten and in some of the more remote areas classes may have continued to include grades 7 & 8.

Contributor's comments: [Adelaide informant] A school that is both primary and secondary combined as one entity.

Contributor's comments: In Queensland country towns where there was no high school they often had what was known as "secondary tops" which was grade 8-10 attached to a primary school.

Contributor's comments: I attended an Area School in rural South Australia. They still exist as single entity K -12 School.

Contributor's comments: Up to '80s most area schools in Tasmania had schoolfarm (and rural studies subjects at secondary level)

Contributor's comments: Booleroo Centre had a High School in the sixties, whilst nearby Orroroo had an Area School, which at that time seemed to mean that you could go up to your Leaving Certificate (Year 11) at Booleroo, but only to Intermediate (Year 10) at Orroroo.

In South Australia the term "this arftie" is used instead of arvo. Compare arvo1, sarvey, sarvo.

Contributor's comments: arftie is the name the children at my grand-daughter's primary school call the after-hours service.
arpy barpy

A variation of nullabat in the Brisbane area is "Arpy Barpy" where "arp" is inserted in each syllable. "Arpi arpam sparpeakarping Arpy Barpy." Compare nullabat.

Contributor's comments: warpee jarpust arpused tarpo carpall arpit Arparp - we just used to call it Arp. I remember being very surprised at the dinner table to hear my parents talk in Arp after my sister and I had some very frank conversation in Arp about her new boyfriend.

Contributor's comments: When I was a child in the '40's, my parents talked "arpy-GARPY" when they wanted to say something unsuitable for little ears. Arpi harpave yarpused arpit marpy sarpelf!
arrester bed

an area on the side of a road, filled with soft sand and gravel, into which a vehicle can drive if the driver is having difficulty braking: We need a crane to get the truck out of the arrester bed. Compare safety ramp. Also, vehicle arrester bed, truck arrester bed.

Contributor's comments: Arrester Beds are used to stop heavy vehicles (ie semi trailers) and are usually located on steep or long downhill sections of road.

Contributor's comments: In NSW arrester beds are known as safety ramps.

Contributor's comments: [Brisbane informant] Any slip lane running off and slightly uphill from a steep downhill stretch is a safety lane (or safety ramp). It is known as an arrester bed when it terminates in deep soft sand, to prevent a brakeless truck from rolling back down on to the highway it just left.

Contributor's comments: Known abroad as "runaway exits".

Contributor's comments: I think the first arrester bed in Perth was built in 1994 after a truck lost it brakes at the top of Greenmount hill (near where I lived) and finally rolled when it got to Roe Hwy - 2-3km away at least. There was grain all over the intersection for ages.

For information about this word see sarvey. Compare arftie, arvo1, sarvo.

For information about this word see sarvo. Compare arftie, sarvey, sarvo.

Contributor's comments: I lived in Queensland (both the South East, Far North and the Far West of Queensland for 28 years from my birth, and never heard "evening" used to describe the period after midday (which was 'afternoon' or 'arvo'). 'Evening' was used for the period after 5 pm, usually just before and after sunset.

Contributor's comments: Arvo is used in Perth too. As is 'evening' to describe the period from mid afternoon (let's say 3-4 pm) until dark, night would then ensue.

a weekly getting-together of everyone in the school, for announcements to be made to everyone en masse. Commonly held outside with pupils lined up rank and file. In primary school often entailing a rendition of the national anthem [God Save the Queen when I was a little tacker] and a display of "marching". Compare parade.

Contributor's comments: [Melbourne informant] Whole or part of school assembled - particularly on Monday morning to sing National Anthem, celebrate student achievments, have guest speakers, etc. When I was a child in the 60's we used to salute the flag, sing 'God save the Queen' and recite the oath. 'I love God and my Country / I will serve the Queen and cheerfully obey my parents, teachers and the laws': "We have an assembly this morning so you need to be in the hall at 9:00am."

Contributor's comments: Also used in Melbourne.

Contributor's comments: Very common in Brisbane high schools, primary schools more often use 'parade', the difference may be that marching seems to be a primary school only pastime. Many schools have buildings designated as "assembly halls".

Contributor's comments: Assembly is most definately used in the Northern Territory.

Contributor's comments: 'Assembly' has always been used in Brisbane at all schools I've heard of.

Contributor's comments: This term is also used in a similar fashion in the ACT.

Contributor's comments: Certainly used on the Far North Coast of NSW.

Contributor's comments: [Tasmania informant] We definately had school assemblies. Also work or community meetings are often referred to as an assembly.

Contributor's comments: Sorry, but Assembly is what they call it in the States, too.

Contributor's comments: Assembly was used in South Australia in the 50's and 60's when I was there in school.

Contributor's comments: "Assembly" was certainly used in Southern NSW in the 1970s.

Contributor's comments: We always went to a weekly 'assembly' while at high school. This was the official term and not just slang.
aunty arms

arms of an overweight woman having flabby triceps. Compare bingo wings, good-bye muscle, piano arm, reverse biceps, ta-ta flaps, tuckshop arm, widow's curtain.

Contributor's comments: Have heard these "aunty arms" refered to as "bingo wings" for the action that goes along with saying BINGO.

Contributor's comments: Haven't heard of this term, but have heard the term 'Reverse biceps' used for same meaning.

Contributor's comments: My Pilates teacher in Sydney (who is from the NSW Central Coast) uses the term aunty arms, when she wants us to to the exercise for our triceps. I had never heard it before this year.

Contributor's comments: I've heard this as Bingo Wings, from a Queenslander.

Contributor's comments: This meaning is also used for the expression "Ta ta flaps", as the time aunty arms is most obvious is when waving goodbye. I heard this in Casino, NSW.

Contributor's comments: I've also heard aunty arms being called bingo in, when old women play bingo and wave their hands in the air and let those flabby triceps fly!

Contributor's comments: 'aunty arms' very apt description. In NZ I have heard them called 'Chicken wings'. Has anyone heard this in Oz?

The origins of anyone who was not born in Broken Hill: Who is that person over there?I don't know - must be from-away.

Contributor's comments: Yep. This is the only region where I have heard this particular regionalism.

Contributor's comments: Any area which was not in the local vicinity, which was within about 100km: "John Smith is not a local, he is from away."

Contributor's comments: I heard this expression in Hill End, NSW on the weekend.

Contributor's comments: Used with "from" as he's from away, for anyone (resident -- no matter how long they may have lived there, or visitor) not born on King Island.

Contributor's comments: "Away" was in general use on King Island when I lived there during the 1960s. "Did you buy that car away or on the island?"

Contributor's comments: I've also heard this used around Crookwell in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.

Contributor's comments: I've only come across this in Broken Hill. It is also used when people travel out of town, for example "I'll ring you when you're back from away."
back sack

Bag or pack you carry on your back with straps over your shoulders: Don't pack too much in your back sack.
Contributor's comments: The only reason I raise this as a regionalism is that I saw them described as 'back sacks' on a Victorian children's television program.

Editor's comments: The general, Australia-wide, names for this item are "back pack" and "ruck sack". Is anyone else familiar with the term "back sack"?

Contributor's comments: I am from Melbourne and every school day I carried a back pack to school, but they have also been called ruck sacks.

Contributor's comments: The word back pack is used in Tassie all the time!

Contributor's comments: There used to be a children's television programme, "Lift Off", in the early 90s. There were backpacks on there with faces that they called back sacks.
Balmain bulldozer

a city-only four wheel drive. Compare Bronte buggy, Burnside bus, Burnside warrior, Double Bay tractor, Kenmore tractor, Mosman tractor, North Shore Kingswood, North Shore tank, Toorak tractor, Turramurra tractor.

Contributor's comments: This term was coined, or at least made more famous, by ABC radio personality and writer Richard Glover.

At the Greensborough Swimming Pool in the 1960s. Jumping into water with one leg tucked under arms into the chest, the other extended straight out. Compare can-opener, horsey, peg leg.

--verb 1. to convey as a second person on a horse, bicycle or motorcycle.
--noun 2. a ride as a secondary passenger. Compare dink, dinky1, dinky-double, donkey1, double, dub, pug.
Barwell's bull

Barwell's bulls were rail cars introduced on country lines in about the 1920s. The nickname came from the Premier of the day, Mr Barwell & the horn of these railcars was a loud and not very melodious noise, like a bellowing bull. (One is preserved & still operates on the Pichi Richi Railway): Barwell's bulls are used on many branch line services. Compare blue bird, Brill car, red hen. Also, Barwell Bull, Bull.

Contributor's comments: In South Australia, an older (1940's-50's) model of railcar used principally on country lines. Named I understand from a Commissioner of Railways: "He caught the Bull to Tailem Bend."

Contributor's comments: 75 class railcars entered service in the 1920s, and the last were retired in 1971. Two are in preservation society hands.

swimming clothes: Put on your bathers; we're going for a swim. Compare cossie, costume, swimmers, swimsuit, togs.
Contributor's comments: This is used in South Australia.

Contributor's comments: In South Australia, we have always referred to swimming attire as "bathers" or, sometimes in the case for girls, "swim-suit".

Contributor's comments: This is also used in WA.

Contributor's comments: Bathers has always been used in Perth where I was born and lived until 8 years ago.

Contributor's comments: Growing up and living in Perth, we have always used the term 'bathers' when swimming. Sometimes the term 'bathing suit' is used.

Contributor's comments: A true West Aussie only uses the word 'bathers' for swimming costumes, etc. If they use any other words for bathers such as 'sluggos' it is only for comic or ironic effect.

Contributor's comments: Also used in Tasmania.

Contributor's comments: BATHERS - definitely the dominant term in Vic.

Contributor's comments: Definitely used in Mildura, Victoria, where I grew up!

Contributor's comments: I always put on my swimmers or Cossies to go to the beach (Sydney) but my wife from Melbourne always calls them Bathers - It might be something to do with the fact they don't have surf in Melbourne so it is like a bath.

Contributor's comments: I've always lived in Melbourne, Victoria and we have always used the word bathers to refer to a swim suit.

Contributor's comments: In NSW we mainly use the word swimmers. I thought bathers was an old fashioned word!

Contributor's comments: Synonymous to togs, swimmers, trunks, cossie (I forgot to take my bathers to the pool so I skinny dipped). This was in use in Broken Hill. However also used the word togs. Dad from Sydney, Mum from Melbourne, so my current postcode [4061, Brisbane] is probably irrelevant except for the fact that no-one here knows what I mean when I say bathers, or for that matter yeast bun or fritz.

Contributor's comments: Term "bathers" also in use in Brisbane.

Contributor's comments: My parents used this term - Mum from Tasmania, Dad from Sydney - but my friends in Sydney always thought it was old-fashioned and didn't understand it.

Contributor's comments: We have moved up to Sydney from Victoria, where for all my own childhood, and my children's experience, bathers was the term for swimming apparel. At school in Sydney, they are treated like foreigners when they say bathers, as the term seems to be 'swimming costume", which we had never used in Vic.

Contributor's comments: I grew up in NSW (Sydney) with Victorian parents and used this term, but the locals tended to use swimmers or cossies.

Contributor's comments: Used in Sydney.

Contributor's comments: Definitely used in Tasmania!

Contributor's comments: People in the ACT of my vintage (b. 1944) use various words for swimming attire, e.g. "bathers", "cossie", "Speedos" (was mostly men, but now covers competitive swimmers), "swim-suit" and when I was little the more formal "swimming costume" or "costume" (no doubt the word from which "cossies" is derived).

Contributor's comments: bathers is a term used by 80% of Northern Territorians 15% use swimmers and 5% use any other weird terms.

Contributor's comments: I looked under cossie and found no reference to bathers, the most common term in Western Australia.

Contributor's comments: Disagree with "bathers" being used in Sydney. If it ever is, it's due to that person having an interstate connection eg. parent.

Contributor's comments: Known as togs on King Island in the 60s early 70s.

Contributor's comments: Also used in UK.

Contributor's comments: Have almost always used "bathers", occasionally "trunks" - brought up in Melbourne.

Contributor's comments: Bathers as in "bathing costume" is the Victorian rival to the NSW "Cossie".

Contributor's comments: I was raised in Brisbane and only ever spoke of "togs" for swimming. Only people who came from other States used "bathers" or "swimmers". I now live in Melbourne and have learned to use "bathers".

Contributor's comments: When I was a child on the beaches around Portsea and Sorrento in Port Phillip Bay we always called swimming costumes 'bathers'.

Contributor's comments: My grandparents and parents are all from Melbourne. My parents moved to Townsville. I remember using the term bathers and/or togs and friends not knowing what I was talking about.

Contributor's comments: Disagree with "bathers" being a Brisbane regionalism. Until recently would only have been used by a person from or with connections outside Queensland. Queensland kids would have laughed, we all called them "togs".

Contributor's comments: Is this just used in Western Australia?

Contributor's comments: Definitely only togs in Brisbane. I never heard any other word until I met someone from Sydney who called it a cossie.

Contributor's comments: I grew up in Brisbane and always called them swimmers, but I had NSW parents, so that is probably why I don't call them togs, like many Queenslanders do.

Contributor's comments: I'm originally from Melbourne and I always put on my bathers before swimming (as did my Melbourne friends) while my Sydney born partner always puts on his swimmers.

Contributor's comments: Again I can't imagine why we have so many words for one single item of clothing. Heard of these words in 1978

Contributor's comments: Having lived in in NSW, then SA for my school life and now back in NSW as an adult, 'bathers' rule in SA and 'swimmers' in NSW, bathers has an older sedate Victorian notion of aquatic activity - swimming is an active pursuit - you thus wear 'swimmers', boardshorts, dick-dacks or lolly bags.

Contributor's comments: pronounced bay-thers.

Contributor's comments: Born and raised in Melbourne, in the '50s, the usual word was 'togs', but if you were 'bunging on side' a bit, you might say 'bathers'. When I went into the airforce, the girls from the different states called many different things by different names.

Contributor's comments: I didn't see 'bathers' in with togs, cossie etc. Surely 'bathers' is the dominant term - or is it just me?

Contributor's comments: I grew up in Geelong, and we used bathers, though the term togs were also used.

Contributor's comments: The ONLY word for what you wear when you go swimming in SA! Recent additions are speedos for competition or boardies for the beach. However when wearing your bathers what you do is never called bathing, swimming pools are never called swimming baths - very old fashioned!

Contributor's comments: in WA, they're "bathers". First time I was in the eastern states, someone told me to bring my "togs" with me. I was confused, thinking they were some type of shoes (clogs)!

Contributor's comments: This is the equivalent for 'togs' or 'cozzie' or 'swimmers' in Adelaide.

Contributor's comments: In Hobart we always wore bathers to go swimming. Still do.

Contributor's comments: Bathers in WA for bathing costume.

Contributor's comments: [Melbourne informant] What you wear to go swimming in: "Chuck on ya bathers, and lets hit the beach."

Contributor's comments: Melbourne, Victoria 40s - 50s: bathers = swimming costume = cozzies, togs: "Will you take your bathers with you on the bush walk?"

Contributor's comments: [Perth informant] What those in the east call cossie/swimmers/togs: "When I go to the beach for a swim I wear my bathers."

Contributor's comments: swimsuit: "Don't forget your bathers!" (used in Perth)

Contributor's comments: [Melbourne informant] Same as togs, swimmers: "I am wearing my bathers to go to the beach."

Contributor's comments: I grew up literally living at a Brisbane suburban public pool in the 1960s and 70s. I never heard anyone use the term 'bathers' unless they came from interstate. We always said 'togs'. We definitely did not call them 'cossies' or 'swimmers, terms I learnt when I moved to Sydney in the 1980s. When I lived in Melbourne a decade later, I heard 'bathers' and 'togs'. Now back in Sydney living at the beach I still say 'togs' and occasionally 'swimmers'. As for Speedos, that's what we called them in Brisbane at least. Although the male version (even now in Sydney) was 'sluggos'.

Contributor's comments: Bathers were what we wore in Victoria, however my father would refer to togs and he had lived in Qld. Also have heard togs used in reference to sports gear in general, as for kit.

Contributor's comments: [Wimmera and Mallee informant] Have heard it used, but mostly called togs, then later we boys would use 'footy nicks'.

Contributor's comments: I grew up in Sydney and "bathers" was the main word used by my family. My father also used "togs". Both parents were from Sydney but father had spent a few years in Melbourne and on the NSW-QLD border.

Contributor's comments: Definitely used in Tasmania - when I met my future husband, a Sydneysider, he fell about laughing at the term, thinking it sounded like something from the previous century. He used 'swimmers' - or occasionally 'cossies' which I thought sounded quainter than 'bathers'.

Contributor's comments: I first heard a swim suit called "bithers" (bathers) by some people from Frankston VIC when I was working in Sri Lanka around 1970. Later, I emigrated to Sydney and I do not remember hearing it again.

public swimming pool: It's hot. I'm going to the baths for a swim. Compare pools.

Contributor's comments: The word "baths" is used in this sense in Brisbane, not so much as reference to public swimming pools in general, as an abreviation of an actual pools name eg The Spring Hill Baths.

Contributor's comments: Not a regionalism used from Crawley Baths to Valley Baths, WA to QLD.

Contributor's comments: Actually, even though some public swimming places are named "Something-or-other Baths" in Sydney we always went to "the pool".

Contributor's comments: [Melbourne informant] Just to agree with this word. I know it well.

Contributor's comments: As a child in Yorkshire (Halifax area) the swimming baths were always "the baths". Harks back to the days when many homes didn't have a bathroom & you really could have a bath there as distinct from a swim.

Contributor's comments: In Sydney we always went to the "pool", irrespective of what its "official" name was.

Contributor's comments: Baths for swimming pool is a common expresion in North West England, ie New Brighton Baths, a large open air swimming pool.

Contributor's comments: In country NSW the 'baths' were the local swimming pool. In the 50's and 60's the local swimming pool was the social meeting place for all age groups and a relief from the sweltering heat of summer.

Contributor's comments: So long as I can remember 'baths' in Port Phillip Bay (Vic) meant enclosures for swimming in the sea, usually constructed at or near the end of a jetty. Such enclosures, some of which were privately owned and some public, were made with pickets that were far enough apart to let the water flow through freely, but close enough together to keep out any sharks. There are few such baths left these days, no doubt because they were expensive to maintain, but the jetty at Sorrento where there used to be public baths 50 years ago has been partly restored, and a restaurant at its landward end is called 'The Baths'. The locals understand the historical allusion.

Contributor's comments: The local swimming pool. In Newcastle where I grew up, the local swimming pool was referred to as 'the baths', a usage I also found in Sydney. In Wollongong no one ever says they are going to 'the baths' (except non-locals) - everyone talks about going to 'the pools'.

Contributor's comments: Growing up in the Bayside suburbs of Melbourne in the 1960's baths had a specific meaning. The enclosed sea baths at Brighton Beach (now gone) and at Middle Brighton (now renovated). The baths were supervised sea water swimming areas. We would go to the baths for swimming lessons which were cheaper than the Moorabbin Municipal swimming pool. Going to the pool was different to going to the baths.

Contributor's comments: As a Child, growing up in Wentworthville, or "Wenty", a suburb of Sydney, we would go to the "baths", otherwise known as the local swimming pool, on the weekends in summer to swim.

Contributor's comments: I recall baths as fenced in pools on rivers (not ocean pools) and earlier country facilities. In Canberra, I vaguely recall classically styled facilities at Manuka. These were baths. The later Olympic-length facility near Civic was definitely a pool.

Contributor's comments: In London as a child we would go to the Baths to have a bath(wash), this was the same building as the public swimming pool. So when we went swimming we went to the baths also.

a playground game with similar rules to red rover, played at Toowong Primary in the 1950s

Contributor's comments: We played a game of the same name in Toowoomba in the early 1970's. It was a kind of teams hide and seek. As you caught people, they were taken to a central area, and they could be freed by someone from the hiding team.

Contributor's comments: In Mackay,Qld.,we played the game "bedlam"in the early 1960's.

Contributor's comments: We played it at Enogerra Primary in the 60's.

Contributor's comments: I've never heard this word for a game. I grew up in the 50's and 60's in the south of WA . My mothers used this term frequently in relation to the level of noise us kids were making. Stop all that bedlam! What is all that bedlam going on in there. I am sure people still use this term today in WA. I can't say I've heard people use that term here in the top end.

Contributor's comments: We played bedlam at scouts in NW Brisbane in the early 70's - a game as described by others here, a subset of the more general scout "wide games".

Contributor's comments: As a school kid in Innisfail, North Queensland, during the 1950s I played both bedlam and red rover. They were two different games then.
beer bog

an act of defecation after a night drinking. Compare after grog bog, AGB, CBD, PGB.
beer o'clock

Knock off time. End of the work day when it's time to wind down with a beer. When somebody asks the time, instead of saying 5 o'clock you say beer o'clock: Is it almost beer o'clock?

Contributor's comments: I've never heard beer o'clock in this region. I lived there for 22 years but have heard it in Melbourne and my ex-husband, a Victorian, still uses it here in Sydney. He's passed it on to my son who now uses it amongst his friends here in Sydney.

Contributor's comments: We use this term in western QLD.

Contributor's comments: Also used extensively in Bendigo.

Contributor's comments: Also used in Northern SA.

Contributor's comments: [Brisbane informant] I have never heard of this at all.

Contributor's comments: I have lived in Brisbane all my life and beer o'clock has been in common usage for at least 20 years that I know of.

Contributor's comments: I've lived in Sydney all my life and have known this term to be used in Sydney for most of that time.

Contributor's comments: beer o'clock is the common term for 5pm close of business throughout Sydney & North Sydney CBD.

Contributor's comments: The term 'beer o'clock' can refer to any time of the day you may feel like a beer. particularly after strenuous physical work or whilst away camping. During the working week 'beer o'clock' is certainly around the time you knock off from work...

Contributor's comments: I thought 'beer o'clock' came from 'The Simpsons'.

Contributor's comments: Never heard this used at all in Sydney. Heard the expression once in a song played by a Canberra or Melbourne band (the chorus involved audience participation. The singer would call "what's the time" and the audience replied "beer o'clock!")

Contributor's comments: Former Triple M radio hosts Club Veg used to sign off with this and where I work we always use it!

Contributor's comments: I have in various regions of the eastern half of Australia and beer o'clock is quite common for any time you want a beer.

Contributor's comments: When 'knock off' time comes around it is always refered to as beer o'clock where I work [Nth Coast Qld].

Contributor's comments: This is also a common term in the Cairns region.

Contributor's comments: This is used all the time in Tassie.

Contributor's comments: Known this term for years - first heard in Katoomba.
Dubbo handbag

a box-cask of wine drunk by youngsters in a park or at the beach.
below-ground pool

noun a domestic swimming pool set into the ground. Compare in-ground pool.
Bermuda jacket

Sports jacket with silver buttons that is also called a Bermuda jacket in South Australia: I'll wear a reefer jacket. Compare reefer jacket.

1. a rough young man.
2. a male viewed as stupid or unfashionable. Compare bog2, bogan, chigger, booner, boonie, feral, westie. [from Bevan a male name]
Contributor's comments: We used to call the "Seven Eleven" store the "Bevan heaven" as that is where all the guys with flannies and long hair used to hang out (80's).

Contributor's comments: [Brisbane informant] I always thought that a bevan was a car freak, a.k.a. spanner-brain or petrol-head.

Contributor's comments: Bevans would drive V8s, wear heavy metal t-shirts and mullets.

Contributor's comments: [Sydney informant] 'Bevan' is not confined to Queensland; it is just as common in New South Wales.

Contributor's comments: I've lived in Qld all my life and I had not heard of this use of the word 'bevan' until I listened to the show on Radio National tonight.

Contributor's comments: "Bevan" has travelled at least as far south as Armidale, NSW.

Contributor's comments: [New England informant] This term is also used in NSW, but seems to have been superseded by the word 'bogan', which seems to mean the same thing.

Contributor's comments: [Brisbane informant] This usage must be dying out, our teacher used it in class one day and had awful trouble communicating what she'd originally intended to. None of our generation understood. I think she used it in reference to a long haired, flanno wearing, ute driving white male with fluffy dice hanging from the rear-vision mirror.

Contributor's comments: [Melbourne informant] When I was in my very early around 11, 12, 13, I distincly remember my older sister referring to people we usually called bogans as 'bevans'. However my memory suggests that the reason for this is because anyone with the name 'Bevan' had to be a bit of an uncool person. It is worth noting at the time that there was a TV show on called Young Talent Time which had a young child performer called Bevan on it. For us youngsters he was seen as being a bit of an uncool bogan, and he had slightly mulletty curls on the back of his head. It is interesting to note that the phrase did not seem to stick around very long, and the word bogan came back to dominate pretty quickly.

Contributor's comments: In Brisbane we always used the word 'bevan' as described, with the only exception being when the band "Savage Garden" enjoyed such success - it was much more fun to call them the "bogans from Logan". Westie doesn't cut it in Brisbo because the Western suburbs of Brisbane are posh!

Contributor's comments: I attended St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace in Brisbane, and I suspect I was around during the Birth of the expression 'Bevan.' At the time (late 70's) there was rumoured to be a Brisbane Boys Grammer individual named Bevan who, on weekends prefered to wear 'The Flanno' and Ug Boots, drive around in a Holden Sandman, and listen to Heavy Metal, while your average upper middle class youth, prefered wearing Penguin shirts and Amco tabs the trendy attire of the era. It's a great story and who knows? It may just be true.

Contributor's comments: Do you think this term derived from Young Talent Time? I heard the phrase frequently in the late 80s but the current term is Bogon.

Contributor's comments: In the small town I live in, there's not much for teenagers to do on weekends. Bevans are the people, ususally male, who park their super charged cars in centre parking and talk all night. "Bevan-ing" is also used as a verb, which describes doing laps of the main street, eventually parking and becoming a Bevan.

Contributor's comments: When I was growing up in Sydney, these people were known as Westies. I moved to brisbane at 15, and was introduced to Bevans. They generally had loud cars, mullets, stonewash jeans and ug boots.

Contributor's comments: [Sydney informant] a dag: "He's such a bevan!"

Contributor's comments: Yeah I only remember this being used in Sydney to mean a dag, and then only in the 80s where it wasn't very common amongst my friends.

Contributor's comments: I remember when the term was first used, and I always associted it with Bevan from Young Talent Time. I think the usage of the term might be isolated to areas where the show was shown, as I moved to Canberra and nobody had heard of the term, mainly because it wasn't aired there. The term was always "You're such a bevan". At least Bevan is still famous, probably not for what he would like to be remembered as. I wonder where he is now.
big bot

A 750ml bottle of beer: We are going to the pub for big bots would you like a New or VB.
big lunch

noun 1. the mid-day break at school.
2. the meal eaten then. Compare little lunch.

Contributor's comments: "Big Lunch" (meaning lunch) was commonly used when I was in primary school (1982-1988) in Tasmania. "Little Lunch" was morning tea.

Contributor's comments: I attended primary school in the Upper Hunter valley of NSW. Big Lunch was often used for lunch as opposed to little lunch that was what might elsewhere be called recess. When I started primary school (1978) I think play lunch rather than little lunch was more common but by the time I left (1984) little lunch and big lunch were firmly entrenched. At the time I resented the change thinking the new expressions were childish.

Contributor's comments: [Inversness, Qld] Of course there was "little lunch" as well. This was naturally, the small break, usually before big lunch.

Contributor's comments: [Glen Innes, NSW] Little lunch was the early morning break.

Contributor's comments: In West Ryde, Sydney, we used little lunch and big lunch in infants and primary school, but in high school it was definitely recess and lunch (much more mature sounding).

Contributor's comments: 'Big lunch' is so called to distinguish it from the shorter mid-morning break called (in 1960s central and north Queensland, at least) 'little lunch.' (Is that what's called 'play lunch' in southern states?)

Contributor's comments: [Qld informant] Big lunch as compared to little lunch which is the morning tea break.

Contributor's comments: When I was a student at Breakfast Creek in Brisbane we had two breaks, little lunch, mid morning and big lunch at midday.

Contributor's comments: At school in Sydney (1930s - 1940s) Big lunch was just "lunch" but the "little" lunch was "play lunch."

Contributor's comments: When I was in Grades 1 and 2 in Mt. Isa (Nth. Qld.) it was quite common to hear 'Big Lunch' and 'Little Lunch' used to describe breaks. However when we moved down to Brisbane while I was still in Primary School, the only other students using these words were students who had come up from NSW. Although again, I think they used 'Play Lunch' for morning tea, which I found quite humorous.

Contributor's comments: I went to school at Trundle Central Western NSW in the infants years we called it Big Lunch and the earlier shorter break was "play lunch" once reaching primary and onto secondary classes it was called "play lunch" and "lunch".

Contributor's comments: I went to school in the South West Slopes in the 1960s and 70s and to University in Sydney in the late 1970s. It was only when I moved to Brisbane in 1982 that I heard the expression big lunch and little lunch. I discussed it with my sister who teaches in the Riverina and she feels it could be a modernism. Could it also be that rare phoneomena something migrating south rather than the other way around?

Contributor's comments: [Brisbane informant] When I was at school in the 1950s big lunch and little lunch were used at the state school I attended but when I moved to a private school they were known as recess and lunch.

Contributor's comments: In the mid 70ies my children started school in Brisbane where it was known as big lunch and little lunch but a year later at school in Sydney it was lunch and play lunch.

Contributor's comments: From kindergarten to B Class (year 10) on King Island it was lunch or lunchtime and "little lunch" was most definitely recess.

Contributor's comments: [Melbourne informant] I was at primary school from late 1950's until early 1960's and clearly remember the use of the words 'big lunch' for main lunch and play lunch for morning tea play time break.

Contributor's comments: I'm a proud Queenslander and we always have 'Big Lunch' and 'Littlt Lunch' in our house even though we are both in our fifties!!

Contributor's comments: [Brisbane informant] Big Lunch has always been a part of my old school's day, at my new school it's only called lunch and it honestly isn't anywhere near as fun.

Contributor's comments: I know that when I started primary school in Rockhampton in 1973, the fifteen minute morning break (which started at 11am) was difinitely "Little Lunch", and the one-hour lunch break at 1pm was "Big Lunch". Teachers and all students at all grade levels used the terms, so it must have been pretty entrenched.

Contributor's comments: [Hunter region informant] lunch/lunchtime at school (usually primary), in contrast to "little lunch" (recess): "We played soccer at big lunch today." "I had an apple at big lunch."

Contributor's comments: I left Tasmania in 1987, 21 years old; big lunch referred to midday meal at school; playlunch referred to morning tea.

Contributor's comments: Going to primary school in Sydney in the late 1950s the mid-morning break was playlunch. Didn't hear little lunch till many years later.