(My husband still gives me dark looks and calls me a heathen when I order an Aussie burger with the lot.
He will eventually be converted.)Much as you may not be able to tell apart a Sydneysider from a Melbournite, we can.
Australia had one of the biggest influxes of immigrants in world history after World War II.
It's one of the reasons the food's so good — everybody lives there.
Unfortunately, they're often quickly disillusioned and drawn into an argument about cricket.
All of these 17 pieces of knowledge are things I've had to teach my foreign partners. Precisely.) But we're used to certain stuff, like people assuming we're surfing goddesses, or know all about how to commune with snakes.
Eurovision is an incredibly strange song contest and European tradition that, for some reason, has been utterly beloved by Australians for years. We love it so much we managed to get our own contestant, despite being as far away from Europe as it's possible to be.
This is a lexical distinction that will definitely matter if you're dating anybody from a rural area of Australia. For us, shrimp are incredibly tiny sea creatures who are either imported or used as bait.
Give us coal and a fire lighter and we may just look abjectly confused.
Consider it the hazardous by-product of a months-long barbecue season.
(Particularly because Sydney and Melbourne have a hilarious rivalry going on, and if you're looking to date a resident from one city, you may have to pretend the other doesn't exist.) Hell, it's possible for Australians to tell which suburb you're from.
Add to that the fact that a lot of us have lived and worked overseas, and it's a toss-up whether any of us sound similar at all.