A Sideways Glance at the Hidden Meaning of Aussie Place Names

There are many place names around the world that cry out to tell you their true meaning. Well, perhaps not their ridgey didge true meaning, but who has ever looked at the name Footscray and not felt that it probably also exists as an entry in a medical dictionary? Or Patchewollock, or Humpty Doo? Exactly.

This work attempts to do for (or to) Australian place names what Douglas Adams and John Lloyd did for Britain and the rest of the world, in The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff.

Words by Duncan Waldron, illustrations by Matt Davis.

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See Why am I doing this? for something approaching a motive.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Earlando - Epsom

Earlando n
Any normal word or phrase that is normally used quite innocently, but which unfortunately takes on a very suggestive connotation when least expected, eg ‘moist’, ‘give you one’, ‘goat’.

Echuca n (med)
The irritating feeling of badly fitting false teeth.

Echunga n (med)
A combined cough and sneeze, caused by Echuca.

Edenhope n
The belief that any statement made by a politician in any way refers to, or is to be construed as of possible benefit to, his constituents.

Eidsvold n
The proportion, relating to the total number of books in any given shop, obtained by dividing the number of pages that will be read in their entirety by the number of pages that will not even be opened. Under ancient Norse law, this number must be no higher than 0.13. Any bookshop found breaching this law will have to stock as many copies of books on origami, ethnic vegetarian cookery in the open air and basket-weaving as will correct the breach twofold.

Eleebana adj
The state of a person’s bank balance at which point they feel it necessary to invest in a personalised number plate.

Elingamite n
When there is light at the end of the tunnel, the hope that there is enough money in the electricity meter to keep the light burning until you get there.

Ensay v
To have a full understanding and acceptance of, the annual budget speech.

Epping v
The action of making a Wongawilli (qv), correct in all anatomical detail.

Epsom v
To find shoe-shops amusing or satisfying.

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