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The buzz of the Hexham grey

As the weather heats up and spring storms leave our balconies flooded, you might hear the buzz of the notorious Hexham greya large and voracious species of mosquito found in the locality of Hexham, NSW. Sorry, Hexham. 

There are few things more unsettling than lying down to sleep at the end of a long day of blog writing only to hear the buzz of a mosquito vibrate in your ear. 

Given that this country is filled with mosquitos, Australians have invented several shorthand names for the world’s deadliest and most annoying insect. Most popular among them is mozzie. That double Z combo is almost onomatopoeic in how it captures the sound of a mosquito’s flight. Mossie is another spelling of mozzie

Skeeter is another name for a mosquito, though not one you are likely to hear as often as mozzie

Mozzies aren’t the first bugs to infest the Macquarie blog. We have previously written about the triantelope, none other than the huntsman spider. 

Each week, we have a look at a slang word from Australian English. You can see other Aussie Word of the Week posts from the Macquarie Dictionary here.

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