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Old 7th August 2017, 05:54 PM
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Heard last night on Foxtel, during an advertisement for a show on the National Geographic channel, about Australian native animals, something like:
These exotic animals ...
FFS, isn't it enough that unique is fast becoming a synonym for unusual?
Well, now Rupacious is as Merican as apple pie (itself an import, of course), everything that's not Merican is exotic.

Of course, they were still probably using the word wrongly.
Now, if you really want to see what apoplexy looks like, ask me about schoolgirls talking with fake California accents.
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I'm reasonably sure there was a chap on the news just now, referring to some claims against surf lifesavers as "Spurilous".

While this may, for all I know, be the first outing for a portmanteau of "spurious" and "scurrilous", it jarred a bit.
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And now, the latest to make me foam at the mouth: "Wellness".

In modern usage, "wellness" appears to be the accepted term for "health", provided it is used by a woo-peddling shonk who cannot legally lay claim to being a properly-accredited health professional.

Antibiotics are "health", but aromatherapy is "wellness".
Orthopaedics - "health", crystals on chakras = "wellness".

The word is useful, as it can be taken to mean "Grasp your wallet tightly and get the fuck away".
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It's even got a specific name, though I can't recall it at the moment.
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On Seven News just now, announcer, referring to upcoming article on the Buckingham Palace sword scare, referred to a "four metre" sword.

It was four feet in the UK news earlier. I bet that was easier to handle.
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From Peter FitzSimons' article in the Age yesterday.
"What happened Thursday night is in the past and, you know, I'm glad it's happened now and not in the future."
Matt Gillet, Broncos back-rower, making things clear about a big game loss. They're like that, those leaguies.

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From Peter FitzSimons' article in the Age yesterday.
"What happened Thursday night is in the past and, you know, I'm glad it's happened now and not in the future."
Matt Gillet, Broncos back-rower, making things clear about a big game loss. They're like that, those leaguies.

Ah, the memory harks back to Alex Buzo's Tautology Pennant.

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Buzo was fascinated by the language of Australia's sporting culture, especially as it is spoken by that unique breed, the Australian sports commentator.

Buzo's Tautology Pennant, a gong he awarded each year in print to the sports commentator who had transgressed the rules of grammar most spectacularly, was highly competitive - but the great Rex T. Mossop (T for Thesaurus) was almost always the undisputed winner. Year after year Buzo, regarded by linguists and language experts as Mossop's loyal Boswell, faithfully recorded the Mossopisms that tripped off the great caller's tongue, honouring in print for perpetuity such gems as "The referee gave him a verbal tongue-lashing", and the Olympian linguistic heights of "I don't think the male genitals or the female genitals should be rammed down people's throats ... to use a colloquialism..."
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My first thought was that Matt Gillet must have been "channeling" the late US sportsman, Yogi Berra, reknowned for uttterances such as:
  • When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
  • You can observe a lot by just watching.
  • It ainít over till itís over.
  • Itís like dťjŗ vu all over again.
  • No one goes there nowadays, itís too crowded.
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