Talking ‘Stralian

securedownloadGloria and I just returned from two wonderful weeks with our wonderful family in ‘Stralia—that’s Australian for Australia. My dear sister and her pastor husband went there just about 50 years ago to shepherd a few churches. They had three little boys with them and adopted a fourth while there; now there are four generations of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. While it is an English-speaking country, the Australian accent and expressions take a bit to get used to. However, I have been working on my ‘Stralian in preparation for going back someday. The ability to speak the language gives me a certain delight because it reminds me of the family I love. I thought you might be interested in some of the words on my vocabulary list:

Ankle biter: small child
Beaut / beauty: great, fantastic
Bogan : young, immature person
Brekkie: breakfast
Clucky : feeling broody or maternal
Cobber : friend
Dipstick : fool / idiot
Figjam : Someone who has a high opinion of themselves
Frog in a sock : sound angry
Good on ya’ mate: good for you buddy
Garbo, garbologist : municipal garbage collector
No-hoper : somebody who’ll never do well
Not the full quid : not bright intellectually
Perk : vomit (so don’t invite people over for perked coffee)
Standard long black with milk on top : a regular-size coffee with milk
Stickybeak : nosy person
I feel stuffed: I’m tired
Tall poppies : successful people
Under the weather : not feeling well or a hang-over
Vejjo : vegetarian
Whinge : to complain
Youse : you (plural)

As you prepare for your trip someday to Heaven, are you brushing up on its vocabulary? Did you know there is a language of heaven- and its not Chinese? If you read Revelation 4 and 5 you will notice one thing amid all the powerful imagery of worship. The entire scene is all about God – the Triune God. The language of heaven is praise, thanksgiving, and adoration given to the Creator, Redeemer, and Revealer. C. S. Lewis in Reflections on the Psalms asserts, “I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment. . . . It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed” (p. 95). Are you practicing the language of heaven? Are you delighting in God and declaring His glory? Don’t be a dipstick; stop whinging and become a tall poppie at praise. G’day, mates!

2 thoughts on “Talking ‘Stralian

  1. Linda Powers

    Hi Pastor David. I still read your “Just A thought” every week and continue to hear your voice in the words. I especially like this post because it is all about Australia and it’s language. I went to Australia to visit my college room mate in 1980. Thanks for the memories.

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