|All Fools' Day
|All Saints' Day
|All Souls' Day
|The first day of Lent
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.
|A very uncouth
|Bed cover or
|• Fair Dinkum
|Usually AFL, but sometimes NRL, and other times soccer. It’s all very confusing
|• Good onya
|• No worries!
|Expression don't panic
|End of school
|To buy drinks
|A day taken offrom work
|Explanation for Student Compendium
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
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
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
pertaining to the church
A passage between the pews in a church - Aisle
sounding words with different meanings
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)
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
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
world discoveries of countries continents, includes Australian discoverers
Matthew Flinders -discovered Bass Strait. * Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in 1908
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.
list of male female
Actor - Actress
of the world and Geographical facts
The Circumference of the earth is approxinmately 24,800 miles.
of gods and goddesses
War - Mars
and UK government with words denoting government
grammar syntax and verbs adjectives nouns etc.
Explains various uses of nouns verbs etc.
art of living together includes senses, elements, cardinal numbers, cardinal
THE ART OF LIVING - Consideration for the feelings of others
list of the most important inventions
Clock (pendulum) - Christian Huygens
of kings and queens of Britain with facts and information
EGBERT 827 - 839
list of words explained in a
sentence or phrase
A book in which the events of each day are recorded - Diary
pertaining to marriage included anniversary gifts
A hater of marriage - misogamist
terms in use today
A disease confined to a particular district or place - endemic
that things make, description of various venues or habitats, special calendar
dates, Aussie slang words,
All Fools' Day - 1st April - Aussie slang - sounds that things make etc.
of persons or things, occupations, and a description of word meanings i.e.
Terrestrial = Earth
Various names explained Bird of night
connected to nature
A four-footed animal - quadruped
word or statement that expresses denial, disagreement, or refusal
That which cannot be pierced or penetrated - impenetrable
of nouns, COMMON Nouns, PROPER Nouns, COLLECTIVE Nouns and ABSTRACT
sit - seat (when to use Nouns)
of animals things i.e. A number of Cattle = herd
A number of fish taken in a net - catch, haul
or thing that is totally different from or the reverse of someone or
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
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
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!
as a drowned rat. - as ancient as the sun—as the stars.
of words used in Science or Art
An instrument for detecting earthquakes - seismograph
of scientific items like barometer
The science of land management - agronomics
seven wonders of the ancient world with explanations
The Pyramids of Egypt
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
of words or phrases that has the same or nearly the same meaning as
abandon....... desert, forsake, leave.
words, Incorrect Use of Words,
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor."
used in war
Nations carrying on warfare - belligerents
Anniversary dates and wedding information
shown in noun or verb
strong - strengthen
Signs of the Zodiac
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