grouse (was "cool" dates back to WW2)

Judith Ridge Judith.Ridge at det.nsw.edu.au
Mon Sep 6 19:14:53 EDT 2004


On 7/9/04 1:28 AM, "Paul Andinach" <pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au> wrote:

> On Mon, 6 Sep 2004, Ros Gross wrote:
> 
>> And it does sound as though it's a specifically Melbourne word
>> (along with "bathers" instead of "bathing suit" or "cozzie" used
>> elsewhere in Oz--
> 
> Sorry, are you saying that "bathers" is a specifically Melbourne word?
> 
> This is news to me, as it would be to various members of my family -
> none of whom, so far as I can recall, have ever spent any significant
> amount of time in Melbourne.
> 
>

Yes, I was a bit surprised by this too. We'd probably say cozzies or togs
before bathers, but bathers is not uncommon (if a bit posh). (I'm from NSW.
My boss grew up in Northern Queensland and he says they said togs.)

Judith


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