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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble - Australian Slang
« Reply #1040 on: March 08, 2010, 08:39:39 AM »
Many thanks for the above comments!

My wife has been hooked on an Australian Horse Opera for Women called McLeod's Daughters, which ran for most of the last decade (2001-2008).

It features in every episode a minimum of 4 women under age 30, dressed in low-cut, very tight, and very sweaty T-shirts (they work on a "station" in the outback), who are trying to survive "epic" 44-minute dramas, all caused by incredibly incompetent and completely clueless males.

The young women wrestle pigs, sheep, horses, and cattle, and occasionally even one of the human bearers of Y-chromosomes, during which they become even sweatier,  :o
and during which one hears curious words.

Last night we heard a word, and it was discouraging, because we could not understand what it was!   0:)

After numerous attempts we heard "Jilleroo".

This apparently is the female version of Jackeroo, which I thought might mean "Jack of all trades," but means "tenderfoot" instead.

Jilleroo in the show was used as a verb!

"Buckaroo" - if you were wondering - comes from a corruption of Spanish vaquero (cowboy).
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Jacks and Jills
« Reply #1041 on: March 08, 2010, 08:52:13 AM »

After numerous attempts we heard "Jilleroo".

This apparently is the female version of Jackeroo, which I thought might mean "Jack of all trades," but means "tenderfoot" instead.

This is not uncommon. I recently came across the phrase "to jill off," which, well ... oh, dear ...  :-[
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble - Australian Slang
« Reply #1042 on: March 08, 2010, 09:56:39 AM »
My wife has been hooked on an Australian Horse Opera for Women called McLeod's Daughters, which ran for most of the last decade (2001-2008).
Mine, too.  I wonder if there's a support group available...?
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Re: Jacks and Jills
« Reply #1043 on: March 08, 2010, 11:48:29 AM »
This is not uncommon. I recently came across the phrase "to jill off," which, well ... oh, dear ...  :-[

Was this in writing or did some ne'er-do-well publicly proclaim it?   $:)

DavidRoss: Do you watch McLeod's Daughters with your wife?

The answer will reveal quite a bit about your marriage!   :D

A support group for the show's victims must exist somewhere!

Actually, there were episodes which were not half bad.  And as mentioned above, there are specific reasons to watch ... and ignore the plot!   0:)



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Re: Jacks and Jills
« Reply #1044 on: March 08, 2010, 01:41:54 PM »
Was this in writing or did some ne'er-do-well publicly proclaim it?   $:)

Oh, it was written. If I knew a woman who used that phrase verbally, I'd try very hard to get to know her better.

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Re: Jacks and Jills
« Reply #1045 on: March 08, 2010, 02:02:43 PM »
DavidRoss: Do you watch McLeod's Daughters with your wife?  The answer will reveal quite a bit about your marriage!   :D
I've watched a few episodes with her.  They're a darned sight better than the horrid disaster flicks she enjoys!
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Re: Jacks and Jills
« Reply #1046 on: March 08, 2010, 02:13:24 PM »
I've watched a few episodes with her.  They're a darned sight better than the horrid disaster flicks she enjoys!

And if there are a lot of women in tight, sweaty T-shirts, I should think it would be more popular among men and women, anyway, even if the men are portrayed as doofuses. On TV sitcoms, all men are portrayed as doofuses.

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1047 on: March 08, 2010, 02:17:59 PM »
And if there are a lot of women in tight, sweaty T-shirts, I should think it would be more popular among men and women, anyway, even if the men are portrayed as doofuses. On TV sitcoms, all men are portrayed as doofuses.

Writers for television have insufficient skill to craft humor with male characters who are not doofuses.

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Re: Jacks and Jills
« Reply #1048 on: March 08, 2010, 03:03:32 PM »
And if there are a lot of women in tight, sweaty T-shirts, I should think it would be more popular among men and women, anyway, even if the men are portrayed as doofuses. On TV sitcoms, all men are portrayed as doofuses.
True enough!
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1049 on: March 08, 2010, 03:06:42 PM »
Writers for television have insufficient skill to craft humor with male characters who are not doofuses.

I don't know why that should be, though.

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1050 on: March 08, 2010, 03:17:00 PM »
Writers for television have insufficient skill to craft humor with male characters who are not doofuses.
I don't know why that should be, though.
Perhaps they write only from their own experience...?
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble: Ungrammatical Images
« Reply #1051 on: March 08, 2010, 06:08:57 PM »
Off-topic but... here is visual evidence of what David Ross and I have experienced:



Dusty, but not sweaty:



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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1052 on: March 08, 2010, 06:37:26 PM »
You're wives drag you to see this every week?
What a shame for you guys.    ::)

Aye, right...  8)

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1053 on: March 09, 2010, 08:27:36 AM »
So, men don't like this show?

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1054 on: March 09, 2010, 01:19:08 PM »
So, men don't like this show?

It is much better with the sound off!   $:)
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1055 on: March 09, 2010, 01:30:05 PM »
It is much better with the sound off!   $:)

That's what they said about Charlie's Angels!

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1056 on: March 09, 2010, 03:30:18 PM »
An example of the writing:

Inconstant Australian Male attempting to woo Sweaty Tightly T-Shirted Australian Cowgirl:
"Yew know whut yew ah? Spam!"  (You know what you are?)

S.T.T.A.G: "Kind meat?"  (Canned meat?)

I.A.M. : "No.  Sexy, Praddy, 'n' Moin!"  (Sexy, Pretty, and Mine!)

Tolstoy never wrote stuff like that!  (And there's a reason!   ;D  )
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1057 on: March 09, 2010, 06:28:36 PM »
That's what they said about Charlie's Angels!

And Wagner.

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1058 on: March 09, 2010, 06:30:09 PM »
Tolstoy never wrote stuff like that! 
But I undertand the original title of War and Peace was War---What Is It Good For?

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1059 on: March 09, 2010, 07:46:08 PM »
"Maybe the problem most of you have ... is that you're not listening to Barbirolli." ~Sarge

"The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money." ~Margaret Thatcher