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Sounds that things make

Descriptions of various items

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Australian Trivia

1.    We are one of the few countries that eats their national animal.

2.    The Emu and the Kangaroo are on our crest because neither animal can walk backwards.

3.    Per capita, we read more newspapers than any other nation.

4.    The ‘dingo fence’ is the longest fence in the world (5,530km). It is about twice as long as the Great Wall of China.

5.    The largest Greek population outside of Athens is found in Melbourne.

6.    750,000 camels roam our deserts, the largest number of purebred camels in the world.

7.    Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens are home to the oldest glasshouses in the Southern Hemisphere.

8.    The Australian Alps receive more snow than Switzerland.

9.    Glenelg (in Adelaide), Tumut (in NSW) and Parap (in Darwin) are all palindromes.

10.    We have 20% of the world’s poker machines, but only .33% of the world’s population.

11.    Perth is the only city in the world which can have aircraft land in its CBD.

12.    We are the only continent without an active volcano.

13.    The Seekers were named joint Australians of the Year in 1967.

14.    Crocodile Dundee is the highest grossing Australian film to date.

15.    It is illegal to walk on the right hand side of the footpath.

16.    If all of the shells on the roof of the Sydney Opera House were combined, they would create a perfect sphere.

17.    Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island.

18.    Cathy Freeman is the only person to have been awarded both Young Australian of the Year and Australian of the Year.

19.    We hold the world record for the most number of Christmas lights on a house. Over half a million lights were placed on a Canberra house 2005 Christmas.

20.    The average Australian will consume 165,000 eggs in his or her lifetime.

21.    No native Australian animals have hooves.

22.    When the English settlers first saw a platypus they thought Australians were trolling them by sewing a duck bill on a rat.

23.    In 1838 it was declared illegal to swim at public beaches during the day. This law remained in force until 1902.

24.    Kalgoorlie in Western Australia is the our largest electorate, spanning 2,225,278 square kilometers.

25.    Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s performance at the 2000 Olympics was pre-recorded by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

26.    The wine cask is an Australian invention as is the hoist washing line and UTE vehicles.

 

 

Sounds that things make

 

swashing of the sea

swishing of ladies' skirts

hooting of a steam whistle

tooting of a horn

screeching of brakes

roaring, rolling, rumbling of thunder

rumbling of heavy vehicles

whizzing of arrows

buzzing of a telephone

zooming of aeroplanes

crackling of fire, wood, dry leaves

tinkling of coins

popping of corks

tinkling of glasses

tinkling of bells

Jingling, chiming of bells

shuffling of feet

wooshing of wings

crinkling of paper

clangour of hammers

clanking of chains

ticking of a clock

clatter of horses' hoofs

creaking of hinges

hissing of steam

rustle of silk or leaves

crack of a whip

 

Descriptions of various items (venues)

 

abattoir

A place where animals are slaughtered for the market

aerie

A nest of a bird of prey

apiary

A place where bees are kept

aquarium

A place where fishes are kept

archives

A place where Government records are kept

avenue, boulevard

A wide road lined with trees on both sides

aviary

A place where birds are kept

bakery

A place where bread and cakes are made

barracks

A building for the lodging and accommodation of soldiers

booth

A covered stall at a fair, horse races, etc.

boulevard

A wide road lined with trees on both sides

brewery

A factory for manufacturing beer

bunker, scuttle

A receptacle for storing coal

burrow

The dwelling place of an animal underground

butt, hogshead

A large cask for holding wine or beer

cabaret

A variety show performed in a restaurant for the benefit of the guests

caboose, galley

The kitchen of a ship

cache

A place where treasures, stores, ammunition are hidden

caddy

A small box in which tea is kept

cantonment

A place where soldiers are quartered

caravan

The house or shelter of a Gipsy

casino

A place with public dance halls, gambling tables, etc.

cellar

An underground place for storing wine or other

chalet

The house or shelter of a Swiss Peasant

creche

A nursery where children of poor parents are cared for while their parents are at work

creel

A basket in which a fisherman puts his fish

cruet

A small bottle for holding sauces or condiments for the table

cul-de-sac

A street open at only one end

dairy

A place where milk is converted into butter and cheese

decanter

An ornamental glass bottle for holding wine or other spirituous liquors

den

The home of a lion

depot

A place where goods are stored

dispensary

A place where medicines are compounded

distillery

A place where spirituous liquors are produced

dock

A place where ships are repaired or built

dormitory

The sleeping rooms in a college or public institution

dovecot

A house or box in which live pigeons or doves

dowar

The house or shelter of an Arab

drey

A squirrel's home

evry, aerie

A nest of a bird of prey

ewer

A large jug or pitcher for holding water for the washbasin

factory

A place where any manufacture is carried on

form

The house or bed of a hare

galley

The kitchen of a ship

garage

A place for housing motor cars

garret

An upper room or storey immediately under the roof

glyptotheca

A room or building for the preservation of sculpture

granary

A place for storing grain

gymnasium

A place where athletic exercises are performed

hangar

A place for housing aeroplanes

herbarium

A place or room for the collection of dried plants

hogshead

A large cask for holding wine or beer

hospital

A place for the treatment of sick people

hostel

A house for the residence of students

hotel, inn restaurant

A place where strangers or travelers may obtain lodging and refreshment

hutch

A place where rabbits are kept

igloo

The house or shelter of an Eskimo

incinerator

A place where house refuse is reduced to ashes

inn restaurant

A place where strangers or travelers may obtain lodging and refreshment

insectarium

A place for keeping or breeding insects

kabitka

The house or shelter of a Kirghis

kennel

A house or shelter for a dog

kindergarten

A school for infants and young children

kraal

The house or shelter of a Zulu

laboratory

A place where scientific experiments are conducted

lair

The resting place of a wild animal

laundry

A place where clothes are washed and ironed

library

A place where books are kept

mint

A place where money is coined

monastery

A residence for monks or priests

mosque

A Mohammedan place of worship

museum

A place where treasures of art, curiosities, etc. are preserved or exhibited

observatory

A place where astronomical observations are taken

orchard

A place where fruit trees are grown

orphanage

A place where orphans are housed

Paddock

An enclosure adjoining a race-course where horses are kept before racing

paddock

kept before racing

pen, byre

A house or shelter for a cow

portfolio

A portable case for holding papers, drawings, etc.

quadrangle

A square courtyard bounded by buildings

quay

A place where ships are loaded and unloaded

refectory

A refreshment hall in monasteries and convents

reformatory

An institution for the reformation of young offenders

Reservoir

A place where water is

resort

A place much frequented for reasons of pleasure or health

reticule

A ladies' handbag or workbag

scabbard

A case in which the blade of a sword is kept

Scullery

A place where plates, dishes, pots and other cooking utensils are washed

scuttle

A receptacle for storing coal

sheath, scabbard

A case in which the blade of a sword is kept

stable

A house or shelter for a horse

sty

A place where pigs are kept

tannery

A place where leather is tanned

tepee

The house or shelter of a Red Indian

vivarium

A place where animals are kept alive, and live as nearly as possible as in their natural state

wigwam, tepee

The house or shelter of a Red Indian

 

In reverse order

A large cask for holding wine or beer

butt, hogshead

A place for storing grain

granary

A basket in which a fisherman puts his fish

creel

A building for the lodging and accommodation of soldiers

barracks

A case in which the blade of a sword is kept

sheath, scabbard

A covered stall at a fair, horse races, etc.

booth

A factory for manufacturing beer

brewery

A house for the residence of students

hostel

A house or box in which live pigeons or doves

dovecot

A house or shelter for a cow

pen, byre

A house or shelter for a dog

kennel

A house or shelter for a horse

stable

A ladies' handbag or workbag

reticule

A large jug or pitcher for holding water for the washbasin

ewer

A Mohammedan place of worship

mosque

A nest of a bird of prey

cvry, aerie

A nursery where children of poor parents are cared for while their parents are at work

creche

A place for housing aeroplanes

hangar

A place for housing motor cars

garage

A place for keeping or breeding insects

insectarium

A place for the treatment of sick people

hospital

A place much frequented for reasons of pleasure or health

resort

A place or room for the collection of dried plants

herbarium

A place where animals are kept alive, and live as nearly as possible as in their natural state

vivarium

A place where animals are slaughtered for the market

abattoir

A place where any manufacture is carried on

factory

A place where astronomical observations are taken

observatory

A place where athletic exercises are performed

gymnasium

A place where bees are kept

apiary

A place where birds are kept

aviary

A place where books are kept

library

A place where bread and cakes are made

bakery

A place where clothes are washed and ironed

laundry

A place where fishes are kept

aquarium

A place where fruit trees are grown

orchard

A place where goods are stored

depot

A place where Government records are kept

archives

A place where house refuse is reduced to ashes

incinerator

A place where leather is tanned

tannery

A place where medicines are compounded

dispensary

A place where milk is converted into butter and cheese

dairy

A place where money is coined

mint

A place where orphans are housed

orphanage

A place where pigs are kept

sty

A place where plates, dishes, pots and other cooking utensils are washed

Scullery

A place where rabbits are kept

hutch

A place where scientific experiments are conducted

laboratory

A place where ships are loaded and unloaded

quay

A place where ships are repaired or built

dock

A place where soldiers are quartered

cantonment

A place where spirituous liquors are produced

distillery

A place where strangers or travellers may obtain lodging and refreshment

hotel, inn restaurant

A place where treasures of art, curiosities, etc. are preserved or exhibited

museum

A place where treasures, stores, ammunition are hidden

cache

A place where water is

Reservoir

A place with public dance halls, gambling tables, etc.

casino

A portable case for holding papers, drawings, etc.

portfolio

A receptacle for storing coal

bunker, scuttle

A refreshment hall in monasteries and convents

refectory

A residence for monks or priests

monastery

A room or building for the preservation of sculpture

glyptotheca

A school for infants and young children

kindergarten

A small bottle for holding sauces or condiments for the table

cruet

A small box in which tea is kept

caddy

A square courtyard bounded by buildings

quadrangle

A squirrel's home

drey

A street open at only one end

cul-de-sac

A variety show performed in a restaurant for the benefit of the guests

cabaret

A wide road lined with trees on both sides

avenue, boulevard

An enclosure adjoining a race-course where horses are kept before racing

Paddock

An institution for the reformation of young offenders

reformatory

An ornamental glass bottle for holding wine or other spirituous liquors

decanter

An underground place for storing wine or other

cellar

An upper room or storey immediately under the roof

garret

kept before racing

paddock

The dwelling place of an animal underground

burrow

The home of a lion

den

The house or bed of a hare

form

The house or shelter of a Gipsy

caravan

The house or shelter of a Kirghis

kabitka

The house or shelter of a Red Indian

wigwam, tepee

The house or shelter of a Swiss Peasant

chalet

The house or shelter of a Zulu

kraal

The house or shelter of an Arab

dowar

The house or shelter of an Eskimo

igloo

The kitchen of a ship

caboose, galley

The resting place of a wild animal

lair

The sleeping rooms in a college or public institution

dormitory

 

 

Special days
Australia
Australia Day January 26th
Labour Day March
Easter April (Varies)
Anzac Day April 25th
WA Day June 1st
Queens Birthday September (Varies)
World
Christmas Day December 25th
Boxing Day December 26th
New Years Day January 1st
Good Friday April (Varies)
Easter April
Easter Monday April
Valentine's Day February, 14th
St Patricks Day (Irish) March 17th
All Fools' Day April, 1st
St Georges Day (England) April 23rd
All Saints' Day November, 1st
All Souls' Day November, 2nd
Ash Wednesday The first day of Lent

 

Aussie Slang

• Avo Avocado
• Arvoo Afternoon
• Barby (abr.) Barbieue BBQ
• Bottle-o Drive through beverage retailer
• Bogan A very uncouth individualh
• Breaky Breakfast
• Doco Documentary
• Dodge Considered of low quality, or untrustworthydoubtful
• Doona Bed cover or quilt
• Dunny Outside toilet
• Fair Dinkum Honest, genuinene
• Footy but sometimes NRL, and other times soccer. It’s all very confusingUsually AFL, but sometimes NRL, and other times soccer. It’s all very confusing
• G’Day Hello
• Garbo Garbage collectorector
• Good onya Well done
• Macca’s McDonald’s
• Mozzie Mosquito
• No worries! Expression don't panic
• Relos Relatives
• Sanga Sandwich
• Schoolies End of school celebrationsl
• Servo Petrol station
• Shout To buy drinks for everyone
• Sickie A day taken off work, but not necessarily because of illness from work
• Snags Sausages
• Ta! Thank you
• Thongs flip flops
• Uni University
• Yakka Hard work

 

 

resources

Explanation for Student Compendium
File Includes
A shortened form of a word or phrase.
ANU - Australian National University
An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from the first letter (or first few letters) of each word in a phrase or title. Sometimes, the newly combined letters create a new word that becomes a part of everyday language. An example of this is the acronym radar. Also includes Mnemonics
a word naming an attribute of a noun, such as sweet, red, or technical. Adjectives are words that describe or modify other words * Priest = Sacerdotal

Types of animals, Sounds the make, Where do they live, Collective names of animals

Apes - gibber, Camel live in Australia, Sahara & Arabia, names = Bull - is called a heifer

a word opposite in meaning to another (e.g. bad - good ).

Opposites = Absent - present

Big_Words for small
Small word with big word alternative
Anger - Dudgeon * bold - Audacious

A feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place, or thing and serving to identify them

A partner in crime - accomplice

Words pertaining to the church

A passage between the pews in a church - Aisle

Similar sounding words with different meanings also Homonyms

Council, an administrative or advisory body, do not confuse with counsel, advice or guidance.

All about communication see also A History of Communication
All computer terms (ASCII, Binary, Unicode)

Names given to certain towns or countries includes facts about climate

Aberdeen - The Granite City The Torrid Zone has the hottest climate Zinc - Mexico, U.S.A., Spain

Words pertaining to death

Occurring after death - posthumous

A diminutive person is short and small. A diminutive wordis a "cute" version of a word or name: for example, "duckling" is a diminutive of "duck" and Billy is a diminutive form of the name William

Cask - casket   

Famous world discoveries of countries continents, includes Australian discoverers

Matthew Flinders -discovered Bass Strait. * Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in 1908

Explanation of a word, words in literal expressions denote what they mean according to common or dictionary usage

Aloof -To keep to oneself and not mix with others.

Gender list of male female

Actor - Actress

Countries of the world and Geographical facts

The Circumference of the earth is approxinmately 24,800 miles.

List of gods and goddesses

War - Mars

Australian and UK government with words denoting government

Australian Government

Explains grammar syntax and verbs adjectives nouns etc.

Explains various uses of nouns verbs etc.

The art of living together includes senses, elements, cardinal numbers, cardinal virtues

THE ART OF LIVING - Consideration for the feelings of others

Alphabetical list of the most important inventions

Clock (pendulum) - Christian Huygens

List of kings and queens of Britain with facts and information

EGBERT 827 - 839

Practical list of  words explained in a sentence or phrase

A book in which the events of each day are recorded - Diary

Words pertaining to marriage included anniversary gifts

A hater of marriage - misogamist

Medical terms in use today

A disease confined to a particular district or place - endemic

Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated

Sounds that things make, description of various venues or habitats, special calendar dates, Aussie slang words, Mnemonics

All Fools' Day - 1st April - Aussie slang - sounds that things make etc.

Names of persons or things, occupations, and a description of word meanings i.e. Terrestrial = Earth

Various names explained Bird of night - Owl

Words connected to nature

A four-footed animal - quadruped

a word or statement that expresses denial, disagreement, or refusal

That which cannot be pierced or penetrated - impenetrable

Explanation of nouns, COMMON Nouns, PROPER Nouns, COLLECTIVE  Nouns and ABSTRACT Nouns.

sit - seat (when to use Nouns)

Numbers of animals things i.e. A number of Cattle = herd

A number of fish taken in a net - catch, haul

a person or thing that is totally different from or the reverse of someone or something else.

Unable to read - il-literate

Special days, Aussies slang and any other items not covered in this list

Any other items that might be of interest

List of Patron Saints

St. George of England, St. Andrew of Scotland

Noctiphobia - Fear of the night

A list of places A place where bees are kept = apiary

A place where fishes are kept - aquarium

The case which is used to show possession is called the possessive case or genitive case. In case of nouns, an apostrophe is used to show it.

Is the case which denotes the owner or possessor

All Prefixes

List of various professions

The commander of a fleet - Admiral

Famous proverbs A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

A bad beginning makes a good ending.

Serious Quotes and some Witty funny one liners

Someone has glued my pack of cards together...I cannot deal with it!

Famous sayings

as a drowned rat. - as ancient as the sun—as the stars.

List of words used in Science or Art

An instrument for detecting earthquakes - seismograph

Explanation of scientific items like barometer

The science of land management - agronomics

The seven wonders of the ancient world with explanations

The Pyramids of Egypt

Words to use as a Simile which is a phrase that describes one thing in terms of another.  A simile usually begins with like or as.

Archates - a good friend * Belt = to hit below the belt

List of words or phrases that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another 

abandon....... desert, forsake, leave.

Understanding words, Incorrect Use of Words,

Thesaurus of Words
:
Thesaurus - abandon = abandoned, abandoning, abandonment, abandons affluent =having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value,words explained and incorrect use of words

The floor was dirt.  Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor." 

Words used in war

Nations carrying on warfare - belligerents

Anniversary dates and wedding information

Words shown in noun or verb

strong - strengthen

Signs of the Zodiac

Please note there are some excellent links to assist with these pages

see at the end for the links for further information. 

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