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Special Days  
All Fools' Day April, 1st
All Saints' Day November, 1st
All Souls' Day November, 2nd
Ash Wednesday The first day of Lent
Valentine's Day February, 14th

 

 

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.

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

 

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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
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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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