- 1 Post By aziz abd
I am reading the Nzherald newspaper from New Zealand but one word stuck me in the understanding about the sentence. I believe it like the English word 'Boat' but whatever I would like to be sure about what I mean.
Is it a plural form?
Here is the sentence (see the bold part):
"Authorities on the mainland patrolled popular beaches up and down the country and warned boaties not to go out on the water."
Thanks in advance for your replies (Do not hesitate to correct me).
Slang term for a surf boat rower (traditionally Australian sport).
Boaties are 'generally' fit, fun loving and considered nuts by non boaties for participating in such a mad sport!
They also 'generally' like to drink and participate in silly drinking games.
"Gee those guys can drink"
"Yeah, they're boaties"
I am not a teacher but I *AM* a native NZ English speaker and "boatie" here in NZ and DEFINITELY in the context of that article simply means anyone who uses any sort of recreational boat. It does NOT mean only or specifically a surf boat, which as has been pointed out, is more Australian than NZ. The warning was to all recreational boat users.
There are loads of other words ending in 'ies' which Aussies and Kiwis like to use, aren't there?
You mean like bikies, surfies, roadies (road crew), groupies, hippies, yuppies ...?
Originally Posted by tedtmc
Yes, we like to use them, but they're not all Australian.
Kiwis (New Zealanders) and Ozzies (Australians) love to put -ies on the end of a word.. a few examples especially to describe someone who likes something..
Surfies = Surfers
Boaties = Someone who goes out in a boat
Clubbies = Surf club members
Trekkies = People who like Star Trek
Other examples of -ies slang..
Sunnies = sunglasses
Wettie = Wetsuit
Boardies = Board shorts (shorts that surfers wear)
For more information about English in New Zealand, visit English Schools New Zealand.
Last edited by english-nz; 19-Apr-2010 at 04:40.
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