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“Canberra-ism”

By SandyRiver 28 October 2014 25

Hi all,

I have a friend moving out from the USA in early Dec and pulling together a pack on info to help her settle in. I’m including a list of “Canberra-isms” that people new to our city wouldn’t know (Civic, Parliamentary Triangle etc). Would appreciate any input both on this front, and on anything else you think a newcomer to Australia/Canberra would need to know 🙂 thanks!

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Queen_of_the_Bun 11:23 pm 30 Oct 14

1. The Hill means the big house on the hill.
2. The Big House does not mean AMC.
3. AMC means jail.
4. Flex is what you accrue at work, not during a workout.
5. TOIL is what you accrue if you don’t accrue flex.
6. Monday is hospitality night. Tuesday is trivia. Wednesday is the big night for people from the Hill (see 1). For everyone else it’s karaoke night.
7. Thursday is uni night. STAY HOME if you are older than 22.
8. Oktoberfest is held in November.

Lazy I 8:30 pm 30 Oct 14

Mandatory viewing before using the local bus service:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFED6HIUN0s

John Moulis 4:39 pm 30 Oct 14

OzChick said :

Postalgeek said :

and Hyper D for a laugh.

“Hyper D is the place for you and me. Come down now and bring the family!” That ad just stuck in my head for some reason…

“Wannie, Wanniassa how I love ya …” (Wanniassa Shopping Centre 1980s)
“Down by the Riverside” (Riverside Plaza Qbn 1987)
“Where it all happens with a smile” (Woden Plaza 1974)
“The Happening” (Woden Plaza 1977)

OzChick 3:14 pm 30 Oct 14

Postalgeek said :

and Hyper D for a laugh.

“Hyper D is the place for you and me. Come down now and bring the family!” That ad just stuck in my head for some reason…

Use “layby” instead of “layaway”

paservank 8:47 am 30 Oct 14

Don’t forget that you can get some overpriced ACTION by waiting in a bomb shelter.

You should probably mention that taxis are bloody expensive here.

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