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    Idioms and vocabulary

    1) Air pollution irrates our respiratory systems or Air pollution irrates our respiratory system ?

    2) Could you tell me the idiom of which the meaning is: You are angry about something and you blame it on something else ?

    3) The average number of the population of a nation (number) divided by the area (km), how do we call the result?

    4) What is the Aussie way of saying good-bye ?

    5) Do we ever add s to vocabulary, ie vocabularies?

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    Re: Idioms and vocabulary

    Hi belly_ttt

    1) respiratory system

    2) To use someone as a scapegoat

    3) ?the percentage of probability distribution

    4) ?Cheerio Australian language, slang, dictionary -

    5) Both vocabulary and vocabularies

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    Re: Idioms and vocabulary

    3. population density
    4. See ya' mate.
    Be seein' ya.
    'hoo-roo' as 'goodbye' used to be when I was a child, but it seems to have mainly gone out.
    'ow 'r ya - is for greeting 'hello'

    BUT no self-respecting Aussie would say 'cheerio' , as much as they wouldn't say, 'Pip pip, old boy'. 'cheerio' might be found among the matrons of Melbourne, and society ladies who lunch, but that is not 'aussie'

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    Re: Idioms and vocabulary

    Hooroo is a distinctively Australian way of saying “goodbye”.

    It’s so distinctive to us that you’ll find it in the Macquarie, The Australian National Dictionary and the Australian Oxford but it’s missing from the full Oxford English Dictionary and from Webster’s. Hooroo is first recorded in The Bulletin in 1906 in the expression “Hooroo. See yer termorrer.” It’s based on the earlier expression “hooray” – also used in Australia (but only here) to mean “goodbye”. This is first recoded in The Bulletin in 1898 with the following explanation: “In many places the salutation ‘good-day’ or ‘good-night’ is simply ‘Hooray!’” “Hurrah” or “Hurray” is, of course, a general shout or cheer and goes back to at least to the 17th century. Only in Australia did “hooray” come to mean “goodbye” – and only here was “hooray” changed to become hooroo. And according the ABC’s Word Map the “H” is often dropped and it becomes simply ‘ooroo!


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    Re: Idioms and vocabulary

    Hi there,
    thanks for your comments.
    Hooroo is exactly what I'm looking for.
    But snowcake, hooroo can be found in Oxford, but thanks all the same
    And why would no one answer the first question?

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