A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms by G.A. Wilkes

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June 1986, no. 81

A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms by G.A. Wilkes

Sydney University Press, 480p., $35.00 hb , 0 424 00113 6

A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms by G.A. Wilkes

by
June 1986, no. 81

It is impossible to know who first said, ‘Get your end in!’ but that is probably the only normal colloquialism of ours left out of this beaut (if you’ve got about forty bucks) book.

Clearly, G. A. Wilkes has had his end in; we all have, haven’t we? But Australia’s greatest saying is not included. Perhaps it is Welsh.

I’m buggered if I could have summoned up the bloody patience to wade through valleys and dusty quagmires of books, newspapers, dead pamphlets, had-the-gong magazines and no-longer-with-us snippets, fragments, skerricks and dust of deceased smartarsedom.

Barry Dickins reviews 'A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms' by G.A. Wilkes

A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms

by G.A. Wilkes

Sydney University Press, 480p., $35.00 hb , 0 424 00113 6

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