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Australian Idiom of the Day – Up a Gum Tree

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 10:01 AM
posted by English with Jo

In recognition of Australia Day, which is held on 26th January every year, today's English idiom of the day is an Australian expression.

Up a Gum tree

If you are 'up a gum tree' you are in trouble or in a very awkward position.

Example:  Tony: "My wife caught me buying a drink for my attractive secretary."  John: "Oh mate, you are up a  gum tree!"

Did you know...?  The original version of this idiom was "like a possum up a gum tree".  It relates to possums getting into difficulty and being chased up gum trees by dogs.

Australian Word of the Day – Battler

Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 10:01 AM
posted by Jo

In recognition of Australia Day, which is held on 26th January every year, today's word of the day is specifically an Australian word.

Battler

The literal meaning of 'battler' is someone who battles or fights, but the word is usually used to mean a person who fights against the odds or does not give up easily.

Example:  David's house was damaged by the floods but he has been working every day to clean it up and repair the damage, he is a real battler.

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