Things I still don’t get about Australia – No. 17
Another one of those language usage puzzlers. Aussies are a people known to cut down perfectly harmless nouns that were just wandering around the English language doing no harm to anyone, and so in these parts the people who come and empty your dustbin are garbos, the people who’d put it out if it caught alight are the firies and the religious people who have charity shops where you can get rid of stuff that’s too good to be put in your burning bin are The Salvos. In its most extreme form this can go as far as identifying something with a single letter – ask any Melburnian what ‘The G‘ is and you’ll see what I mean.
So why the hell do they insist on calling a kettle an electric jug?