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  • noun Plural form of ostrich.


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  • As in "Australian sons and ostriches"

    The Australian anthem actually begins:

    "Australian sons let us rejoice."

    But I didn't realise this until sixth class.

    April 19, 2008

  • I mean, I had always wondered about the ostriches – they're not native to Australia after all – but I simply concluded that emus wouldn't have scanned so well.

    Oh, and I think nowadays we're meant to sing "Australians all…"

    April 19, 2008

  • In primary school, my friends and I sang "Australians all eat ostriches."

    We knew what it was really, but it was fun.

    April 19, 2008

  • And apparently there's another variant:

    "Australians all let us call Joyce

    For she is young and free…"

    April 19, 2008

  • I never heard "Australian sons..." and always thought it was "Australians all."

    April 20, 2008

  • I'm just old enough to have learned the un-PC original version of the Australian anthem. And to have sung God Save the Queen as well as the national anthem. (God Save the Queen was phased out when I was infants school, I think).

    By the way, if not sung at dirge-like pace, the tune for God Save the Queen (My country ’tis of thee) reveals its origins as a sprightly Elizabethan galliard.

    April 20, 2008

  • Frin, that Joyce version sounds a bit sus, if you ask me.

    I, myself, am far too young to have known the non-PC version, or even to know it ever existed. I was ready with an indignant response when I read the first comment :D

    April 20, 2008

  • Re: ringing Joyce

    Wikipedia cites it as a mondegreen sung by the main character in the Australian mockumentary Kenny (2006). Kenny also has such fascinating sayings as: "This is the busiest time of year, this is a crazy time, it just goes bonkers. It's as silly as a bum full of smarties".

    April 20, 2008

  • That would be rather silly. I can think of much better things to do with Smarties.

    April 20, 2008

  • Is that why no-one likes the brown ones?

    December 5, 2008

  • 'Strewth!

    December 5, 2008

  • There's a tape of me as a 2 year old, talking about the "ah-swidge" at the petting zoo. I love that pronunciation, even now.

    December 5, 2008