You'd think after living in Australia for seven years I would have heard all the Australianisms at least one. But the other day I was reading aloud to Inspector Climate from a book I got him from Christmas. The Gourmet Chef by Matthew Evans (I highly recommend it), and I was reminded of an Australian phrase that I hadn't heard for a while and read one that I'd never heard before at all.
"Playing tennis against David Ferrer looks like hard yakka" - I tried another sentence of using hard yakka (hard work) and Inspector told me I used it wrong. Apparently it has nuances that my simpleton American brain cannot possibly understand.
I've heard people say this in everyday conversation.
But this one I've never heard before. When asked how to use this in a sentence this is what Inspector Climate said "If you want to say something to someone you get on the blower and tell them." And by get on the blower, I mean pick up the phone. Obviously.
Have you heard these Australianisms?