Everyone needs a little Strine Edjercashun

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Everyone needs a little Strine Edjercashun

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A stranger in a strange land. The only person in the Salt Lake Valley without an accent.

Sometimes I think I exist in a bubble (people know I'm speaking but they do not comprehend). Dragon Naturally Speaking produces fiendish results, making fun of me, as it types my speech - accent and all. Editing is a must, and a chore.

My wife thinks I am getting better, perhaps, with her attempts to convert me to American idiom and pronunciation.She is of the opinion that I am only partly trainable.

I still ask for lifts and boots and bonnets and shopping trolleys. The ground floor is the ground floor and the one above is the first floor, and aluminium starts AL-U-MIN.

With age I guess I have become resistant to change - but I am trying. After all, good communication is helpful.

In the interests of international cooperation I have included for you a short tutorial on Strine as she is spoke. Further lessons could include slang designed to make Strine more difficult.

Master this exercise and you would be accepted as a local, Mate.


Owzat – Did I do good?

Afferbeck lauder – alphabetical order

Sabewdy, mate – it’s  really great, mate

Javagdwegend –  Did you have a good weekend

Sorite, eh – it really is OK

Icepick Strine – I speak Australian

Let stalk strine  - Really confuse the rest of them

With air chew – all by myself

Nose tone unturned  - using all possibilities

Fraffly suite – Way overdone

Eye level archplaydevoisters -  I’ll have a large plate of oysters

Emma Chissit – How much does it cost

Whine cher commenoveren avtee – When are you coming over for an evening meal

Jeer that noise?  Wodger reckenitiz?   Dunno but scettin lairder. – Did you hear that noise, what do you think it is? I don’t know but it’s getting louder.

Esza repbairg – He’s an idiot (He’s a ratbag)

Eedidit without retrine – He did it without really trying

Sgone bung  -  It won’t work anymore

Dismal Guernsey – Decimal currency



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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Larry, thanks for the lesson. Wife may be right about the ability of people in Utah to catch you vibe! Enjoy your day!

Sep 24, 2012 08:50 PM #1
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Larry -- I am sure no one will be saying "Eedidit without retrine" about me and using Strine.

Sep 25, 2012 10:00 AM #2
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Wayne - my wife has been a great support in translating. "What did he say?" and I am improving my diction. Even been known to wear a western shirt or teo, but have not relinquished my Aussie hat.

Steven - great stuff, mate. Bewdy. Regular practice and right environment makes it as easyas pie. Thanks for the participation.

Sep 25, 2012 09:59 PM #3
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Went looking for you today, Larry. No new blog on May 7th. Came across this blog and of course I just had to go through the list of words. Everyone can used a little Aussie Slang during a day for a little humor, Have a great day in Utah, Larry. Love from Orlando and TeamConnect Realty.

May 07, 2013 06:07 AM #4
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Jane - you certainly get around. Learning a little Strine certainly raises the culcher level. I have just about learned American much to the despair of my Aussie mates who think I have sold out.Their a wierd mob, mate.

May 07, 2013 07:26 AM #5
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