Authors: Angela Verdenius
Tags: #love, #friendship, #pets, #family, #laughter, #sexual desire, #contemporary romance, #small town romance, #australian romance, #sexual intimacy
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Table of Contents
I found that
some overseas readers were having difficulty with the Australian
slang, so I thought a list of the slang I’ve used will help while
reading the following story. If I’ve forgotten any, I do apologise!
Also, you’ll find some of our Aussie words have different spelling
to the US. Interestingly enough, as I’ve grown (gracefully) older,
I find a lot of our slang is bypassing the younger generation, so
if a young Aussie says they have never heard a certain word, don’t
be surprised! But trust me, I’ve used these words all my life
growing up, and so have a lot of my family and friends. Does that
make me an older Aussie? Heck yes! LOL
beautiful, awesome, great, wonderful
as in ‘awesome, great’
- biscuits. The same as cookies
biker, person who rides motorbikes.
- a swear word ‘no bloody good’, in place of ‘no damned good’
- idiot, simpleton, etc. It’s an insult, though
sometimes we use it as a term of affection. It depends on how it is
said and meant.
Boot (of a
- currying favour, sucking up. Has a cruder description,
but let’s not go into that here. Means the same thing!
- men’s bathers, small, brief and tight-fitting
- many Aussie use it as a slang word for ‘broken’
(it’s buggered), ‘tired (I’m buggered), and ‘no way’ (I’m buggered
if I’m going to do that). Just some examples
- as in ‘bunging onto something’, putting on
something (bung veggies on a plate, putting veggies on a plate),
usually in a careless or ‘easy’ manner.
- die, died.
in Australia we have cold crunchy chips form a packet, or hot chips
known in some countries as French Fries
- resuscitation trolley in a hospital or medical setting -
used for life threatening situations such as cardiac arrest
(as in attached to a truck) - trailers, enclosed or not, that carry
goods or are empty.
like a padded quilt that fits inside a cover and lies on the bed.
Can have the warmth of two, three or four blankets, etc.
- penis. Also another meaning is a place people sometimes sleep in,
such as ‘dongers’ on mine sites.
toilet. When used in the terms ‘built like a brick dunny’, it
refers to something built solid, unmoveable.
- fire fighters
- the person/s who drive and/or load garbage onto the garbage
- TV, television
– annoyed him/her/them
- person/people who indulge in antisocial behaviour. Great
explanation in Wikipedia
- a milk drink flavoured with chocolate or
- local newspaper
chocolate malt drink. Can have it hot or cold. Yummy!
slang for face/mouth
- cell phone
No Abnormalities Detected
- four wheel drive police vehicle carries four police in
the double cab and has a filled-in imprisonment section in the back
to place prisoners.
- paracetamol, similar to Tylenol in the US
Pavlova/Pavlovas - best dessert ever!
Police and Citizens Youth Club
- three quarter pants/knickerbockers
- having sex
- sticky patch with a pad in it, a medical
derogatory term for a doctor
Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia. Covers insurance,
holidays, loans, etc
poisonous spider, black in colour with a red stripe on its
Rottweiler breed of dog.
bed - as ‘in the sack’ meaning ‘in bed’
carton of beer.
morning tea and afternoon tea break
- soda, fizzy drink
- erection, boner
some people call the evening meal dinner. In my family, we’ve
always called it tea, as in breaky, dinner and tea, or breaky,
lunch and tea.
- worn on the feet, same as ‘flip flops’
- a brand of Arnott’s Biscuits. Yummy!
Tender Loving Care
bathers, swim suit
– a brand of cheese-flavoured snack food. Yummy!
- most Aussies find this spread yummy, many
non-Aussies find it too salty. Here’s the hint - if you ever have
Vegemite, use it spread thinly, never thickly!
- a lie
- ‘brands’ of motorbikes.
The RSPCA does
a wonderful - and sometimes unappreciated - job of looking after
the welfare of animals, mammals, birds, reptiles - anything that
crawls, flies, swims, and walks. Educating people on the care of
all creatures great and small is also part of their work.
Some of our
Inspectors have vast areas to patrol, and areas of hundreds of
kilometres are no exaggeration. All hail these dedicated real-life
While my hero
is an RSPCA Inspector and I have tried to stay true to the job, I
have taken some liberties for the sake of the story.
They were up
to something, and knowing that mob, it couldn’t be good.
Sipping on a
bottle of cold water, Del watched the scene over the road. Sitting
on the roof of her house, the silicone gun beside her for yet
another patch-up job, she had her knees bent, her elbow on one
knee, the water bottle in her hand, her sneakered feet resting on
the veranda roof.
the bottle, the water sloshing around inside, she squinted a
little. Maybe next time she should bring the binoculars up here,
have a decent look. Not that it mattered because she recognised the
cars in front of the big house.
morning sun shone down warm, almost a little too warm, causing her
to half close her eyes in enjoyment while keeping her gaze on the
people across the road. Her rickety old house might be a little
isolated in the shelter of bushes that ringed the clearing, and her
neighbours might be further away than her parents preferred, but
she liked the privacy. Just as she liked being able to sit on the
roof and look out over the bushes, watching the cars go past and
see her neighbours’ places.
It was the
neighbour across the road that interested her right now. Pierce
Harding, son of one of the wealthier farmers and a sleaze of the
worst kind. He was keeping bad company, but then anyone who kept
company with Brand Dawson, the town trouble-maker, kept bad
company. The third man, known simply as Cutter, lived in Ellor’s
Loop, two hours drive from Gully’s Fall. Now if Cutter was here as
well, then some scheme was being plotted. An illegal scheme. Just
had to be.
thoughtful sip of water, feeling the sun starting to burn just a
little, Del’s gaze switched to track the big ute with the canopy
that slowed along the road, indicated and turned into the driveway
leading to Pierce’s house.
The local RSPCA inspector.
Now what would
the walking mountain want with those three miscreants? What had
they done? Her eyes narrowed as she watched the vehicle pull up
near the car the three men were standing beside.
inspector got out of the ute, his very height and breadth dwarfing
the three men as he approached them, his back to Del. She couldn’t
see the expressions of the men properly, but there was no mistaking
their body language. Cutter took a step back, Brand held his place
on the other side of the car’s bonnet, and Pierce shuffled a little
closer to Brand. The inspector stood easily, big arms loose by his
to happen. They nodded, Brand gestured, the inspector obviously
asked them something else, and Pierce suddenly led the way to a
large shed not far from the house. Brand and Cutter stayed by the
car as Pierce and the inspector disappeared inside the shed. They
both emerged minutes later to disappear behind the shed. Finally,
both strode back to the car, Pierce lagging behind the inspector’s
much wider stride. The inspector spoke to them all before turning
watched, Brand suddenly raised his arm and waved. She blinked as
all four men tipped their faces towards her, then Cutter waved.
her. Big deal, it was her house, her roof, and she wouldn’t wave
back to them if she was on fire. They were low scum who dealt in
some shady deals. Except for the inspector. He could be an
irritating arse, but he definitely was not crooked.
turned to the men and almost immediately they stopped waving, Brand
slouching back down over the bonnet, Pierce taking a step
backwards, Cutter thrusting his hands into his pockets. The
inspector got back into the ute, the vehicle dipping under his
weight, pulled it into an arc and drove back along the
the utes progress along the driveway, watched it turn onto the road
and unsurprisingly, it turned into her curving driveway at a sedate
pace to wind its way along the bush-lined dusty track before coming
to a stop in the wide space in front of the veranda.