Australian Dates.

Mark Gwynn at Ozwords takes “a light-hearted look” at Australian words for the backside; the opening paragraph will explain my post title:

As a kid I was often told by my dad to ‘get off my date’ when he wanted me to get off the lounge and go outside, or to help with some chore. I was surprised to discover many years later, when I started working at the Australian National Dictionary Centre, that date was not a coinage of my dad’s but an established word in Australian English, meaning ‘anus’. Further exposure to Australian English at the ANDC revealed a number of colloquial terms with the same or a similar meaning.

Lots of interesting terms there, like blurter (from blurt ‘to emit breath eruptively’) and bracket (probably from the shape of a pair of round brackets).


  1. Another marvel of Australian English for me is how on earth did the saying ‘Up ya bum’ for sculling a drink ever become a non-insulting thing to say? lol.

    Sculling means to skål? ‘Up yer bum’ is a very amusing mild insult in England, but I’ve never heard it used there as a skål.

  2. David Eddyshaw says:

    “Furphy” is a new word for me. Looks useful.

    I don’t think I’ll ever be able to feel the same about the Oort Cloud again.

  3. In Turkic languages art means back(side), as in:
    Uzbek is known for its predilection (Farsi-inspired) to round (historically long a’s; thus, O’zbekiston, Tojikiston, Gamla Ston. And art becomes ort.

  4. @juha “Gamla Ston”: isn’t that Swedish you’re thinking of? 😉

  5. Yep. It sounds remarkably close, apart from being a cognate.

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