Each week we bring you a new, unique Aussie word.


widgie

In the 1950s and 60s, a teenage female delinquent; the counterpart of the bodgie. Widgies were especially noted for wild behaviour and free sexuality, and for dressing in tight, revealing skirts and sweaters, and having short, duck-tailed haircuts. The origin of the term is a bit of a mystery. One theory is that it is a blend of the words women and bodgie, but this doesn't have the ring of truth about it. Another more charming solution is that it referred to the hairstyle which had a vee or wedge at the back – it is but a small step from wedgie to widgie.