24 July, 2015
Just finished reading The Dinkum Dictionary by Susan Butler (2003), filling the crossword silo with new Aussie fodder. In the course of word-gleaning, and column-musing, I came across several curios worth celebrating as conundrums.
So treat your Friday folly as more a Friday tease. See if you can solve any of these ten Down-Under dilemmas, sharing hints or issuing pleas in the Comments:
1. What well-known tree derives from the Dharug word for fishing line?
2. What iconic native tree stems from Greek for thorn?
3. What native bird owes its name to a Sydney suburb?
4. What other bird gets its name from a meat request, soundwise?
5. What salutation arises from the Dharawal phrase 'may you travel well'?
6. What familiar piece of war slang extends 'sou' - the French coin of least value?
7. What Yolngu word failed to catch on during the 1980s, despite active campaigns to promote the concept?
8. What hair-loss product also means to compete in an Oz-born sport?
9. What lewd term for part of the anatomy derives from an Australian company?
10. What links the Sahara Desert, East Timor, the Avon river and a dillybag?
Share your hints, answers or beseechings below.