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I don't really understand the conformist culture question... Why would we want to be wiggers or emo's? I'm happy with being an everyday person without the label attached.

 

I think for the most part Aussies consider those people try hards... Nobody wants to be a try hard.

 

** We do have varying accents and slang. Not wildly varying though.

 

Not as much as say a new yawker and someone from texas.

 

 

its cool to be calm in australia

 

whats the point in trying hard to fit into a subculture that you shun and act like you are better than when really you wana be down.

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why are cigarettes called fags in england?....smoking a fag sounds gay.

GOOD QUESTION

From what I can gather it is a tenuous cockney rhyming slang link.

But you won't guess it in a million years.

During world war 1 when the english soldiers were in the trenches, they used to have the cigarettes transported and delivered in metal boxes, inside which, i guess to protect them, the cigarettes were wrapped in oily rags. Hence, oily rag - fag.

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^ ha my room mate always tells me about how living in sweden cause of girls is so much better than here..

The US has a very wide range of accents varying by region. There's even some small towns that still speak dialects of English from the colonial days where their convict ancestors were placed. Im probably wrong, but I don't think I've ever heard any variances in a British or Aussie accent. Most Americans who aren't the type to be hung up on people's accent or any other thing that makes them different don't even acknowledge that the person is from another country, especially if they are speaking English. When other Europeans come over who have been taught the Queen's English, there are differences in the words they use that Americans bug out over. For example, calling pants 'trousers', shit like that.

 

 

 

where are these towns at?

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** We do have varying accents and slang. Not wildly varying though.

 

I asked 5fingure this, and he said there aren't different dialects & slang in different parts of Australia.

 

Like do they sound different on the east coast than the west coast, like in the US.

 

I figured this were the case in most countries.

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I asked 5fingure this, and he said there aren't different dialects & slang in different parts of Australia.

 

Like do they sound different on the east coast than the west coast, like in the US.

 

I figured this were the case in most countries.

 

 

 

people who like in the country, and i mean the real country, speak a little slower than people from big cities and they have slightly more of than typical aussie twang. <- nh

 

and theres a few words different in the big cities but nothing major. idk, you kinda gotta experience it to know

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I don't really understand the conformist culture question... Why would we want to be wiggers or emo's? I'm happy with being an everyday person without the label attached.

 

I think for the most part Aussies consider those people try hards... Nobody wants to be a try hard.

 

** We do have varying accents and slang. Not wildly varying though.

 

Not as much as say a new yawker and someone from texas.

 

 

 

 

That's exactly my point, generally most people don't want to be labeled ass different here either.

Many Americans and most other western cultures do have relatively larger groups of people within them

that find serious fault with the norm and don't want to be labeled as such and thus form subcultures.

We have hippes, wiggers, and so on, even within ethnic minorities there are sub cultures here.

 

I know there seems to be things like racism and other cultural shortcomings there to rebel against just like any where else.

Not saying Aussie culture is inferior or anything like that, it just seems like the United States circa 1950 where the status quo was accepted.

Till this day, I haven't met an Aussie who wasn't completely content in their general Social climate there.

As opposed to every other western culture.

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Australia is a very diverse country, there are people here from many different backgrounds.

With the abolition of the white Australia policy, and the progressive immigration policies in the 70s and 80s (Gough, Fraser, etc), Australia embraced multiculturalism and diversity. At least, much more so than previous governments, and certainly more than many other Western countries.

 

During that period Australia developed as a very cohesive and stable country. As a result unrest and rebellion was you could say not necessary.

In comparison, in some European countries the separation and segregation of the immigrant population has lead to a lot of problems (France being a recent obvious example). This causes unrest from both sides.

 

Have I completely missed the point?

 

Australia still is to some extent very conformist. The above probably answers it from one perspective I think.

We also still belong to the Commonwealth and the Queen, which also has effects on government policy and general thinking.

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Australia is a very diverse country, there are people here from many different backgrounds.

With the abolition of the white Australia policy, and the progressive immigration policies in the 70s and 80s (Gough, Fraser, etc), Australia embraced multiculturalism and diversity. At least, much more so than previous governments, and certainly more than many other Western countries.

 

During that period Australia developed as a very cohesive and stable country. As a result unrest and rebellion was you could say not necessary.

In comparison, in some European countries the separation and segregation of the immigrant population has lead to a lot of problems (France being a recent obvious example). This causes unrest from both sides.

 

Have I completely missed the point?

 

Australia still is to some extent very conformist. The above probably answers it from one perspective I think.

We also still belong to the Commonwealth and the Queen, which also has effects on government policy and general thinking.

 

Good fucking answer.

 

Also, there were heaps of different identities when I was a kid. I was a headbanger first, then I was a bomber/skater and then a raver. There were also waxheads, punks, skins, mods, goths, disco wogs, westies/bogans, trendies, bikies, country boys and so on and so on.

 

I have no idea why anyone would ever call Australia conformist.

 

 

 

 

As for Australian accents in the US, I could have gotten laid 5 times a week in Texas when I was there earlier this month simply because of my accent.

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people who like in the country, and i mean the real country, speak a little slower than people from big cities and they have slightly more of than typical aussie twang. <- nh

 

and theres a few words different in the big cities but nothing major. idk, you kinda gotta experience it to know

 

 

Just going on my own experiences there is definately differences in slang. Even just from writers I've met through my travels. Sydney I heard lad alot. Queensland I heard bud alot. Melbourne you hear man alot and in Adelaide they end there sentences with hey alot. Aka "thats heaps good hey" I've noticed the word hectic getting used a bit in Melbourne these days when only a few years ago I heard it being used as an every day thing in Sydney and it seems to have migrated south (Along with Lad culture)

 

Adelaide definately has a distinct accent compared to other citites, hell even when they pronounce their own city it sounds like they are saying Adelead. Northern territory for the most part has a real bogan twang happening (the stereotypical aussie accent)

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Just going on my own experiences there is definately differences in slang. Even just from writers I've met through my travels. Sydney I heard lad alot. Queensland I heard bud alot. Melbourne you hear man alot and in Adelaide they end there sentences with hey alot. Aka "thats heaps good hey" I've noticed the word hectic getting used a bit in Melbourne these days when only a few years ago I heard it being used as an every day thing in Sydney and it seems to have migrated south (Along with Lad culture)

 

Adelaide definately has a distinct accent compared to other citites, hell even when they pronounce their own city it sounds like they are saying Adelead. Northern territory for the most part has a real bogan twang happening (the stereotypical aussie accent)

 

 

and even on from that^ i think of Melbourne as a kind of wannabe new york. more guys wear fitted hats here and say man and shit like that whereas in sydney and qld they tend to act more australian if you know what i mean, and if we're going by what headwear is worn then its more the curved baseball cap that was what Australia associated with rap music in the early 00's.

in response to Melbourne and adelaide ending sentences with "hey" i think it was the northern cities like Brisbane (i could be wrong) that started saying "but" at the end of every sentence.

"i'd fuck her, shes got a boyfriend but"

but what?

 

i've noticed hectic being used more my ethnic people but its slipping into the 'cool' lingo.

slang is really just territorial, different words for things. for example in melbourne, googs being ecstasy. in other places its called rolls or what have you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and for chopsticks, i dont know anyone who calls weed zombie, that sounds like some spicoli throwback type expression. where im from its called weed bud or green. not very exciting.

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