The unsavoury contents of a vase, when the flowers are a week past their best.
To insist that you knew something before being told it, despite being caught out in your ignorance.
Airey’s Inlet n
The safest and fastest route through tightly packed customers, to the bar. Discovered in 1897 by someone later passed over for a place in Scott’s Antarctic expedition; it is named after the man standing beside him who, ironically, was served first.
The residence of any minor celebrity who has found immense fortune through being able to wear lurid make-up and mime to recordings.
An exaggerated display of being overcome with astonishment, as carried out by toddlers, teenagers and the perpetually guilty.
Alice Springs n
In a mattress, those springs that, no matter how the mattress is turned, always poke through on the husband’s side. cf Ban Ban Springs.
Allen’s Rivulet n
The moment when beads of sweat down the back turn into a continuous flow, while cutting the grass in high summer.
Alligator Creek n
The unique sound of a badly-fitting false limb, acquired after a tropical swimming accident.
Descriptive of a traveller’s misplaced confidence in being on the right road.
Of a person obsessed with amassing great personal wealth, but with no clear intention to spend or share any of it whatsoever.
The noise made by a 120-kilo person bouncing on a trampoline, in an echo chamber.
Descriptive of a cat that is so loudly expressing its deep pleasure from a tickle under the chin, that you could hack off one of its legs without it noticing.
The physical awkwardness of a teenager who is growing at an unfeasible rate.
Of a person who pretends to be uninterested in the topic of discussion, but who for their own peculiar reason, is hiding a torrent of emotion about it.
A person who wavers between deciding to take a bungee jump or parachute death-leap for the first time, but always pulls back at the last moment, rigid with fear.