The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl)
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This week we discuss diminutives and Australian slang. Why it defines us and our native language. How can we apply this to writing a story and why we should avoid slang as the narrator, but embrace it as conversation between characters. Mignon, queen of affect versus effect, brings her experience, professionalism…. and a slang dictionary
What does slang do for us as a community or tribe?
For Mignon: When is slang appropriate and when is it not?
USA Vs Australian Smack down Round 2.
Grammar girl will deliver her slang and we will guess and Catharine will deliver her slang, and we will guess.
Damien will deliver his slang and we will guess
I don’t know if the winner should be the person with the most incomprehensible examples or the one with slang that is somewhat recognizable.
Some Australian slang terms courtesy of: All Down Under Website
|cuppa||cup of tea|
|dero||derelict person, vagrant|
|hottie||hot water bottle|
|on ya||good on you|
|rego||registration (of a vehicle)|
|wellies||wellington boots, gumboots|
Australia unofficially wins that round…. because I type the show notes and that’s my story so I’m sticking with it…
Write instructions to a simple operation using the jargon or slang you routinely use in the course of your job. Now translate it into English. Different?
Word of the Week:
From Better than Great by Arthur Plotnik
Other words for Amazing:
Jaw- breakingly amazing
Hot sauce for the brain
Brains into putty astonishing
Apologies to all those for last week. Had a major mix up with timing and had to cancel the show! We’ll endeavour to book Mr Donaldson at some point. Fingers crossed!