Friday, July 13, 2012

Spit the dummy, what.

Dear Olivia and Petey from NYC, 

Thank you for asking me the question "What does spit the dummy mean?"know I can sometimes be unintelligible, even when I'm not on the iPad and I appreciate brave souls who ask questions.

For example, I use BWAH haha! quite a bit in this blog. But what does it really mean? It 1st made an appearance in this strangely popular post, strangely also published on a Friday the 13th. I use it quite often in my comments as well. For me, it sits somewhere between a polite cackle like LOL or BOL and *!>!**#f*!!! hysteria and definitely has a sinister tone to it. 

But I digress! To get back to your question, it might be clearer if I gave you a few real life examples, all of which happened this morning.

Example 1.

This is the 1st time in a week that I'm sitting down at the real computer in the study. Wouldn't you know it? When I turned on the computer, there was no internet connection. It took 2 hours before the connection came back, it's still a little patchy and I'm hoping it doesn't drop out while I'm typing because that would really make me spit the dummy.

Example 2.

Twice a week, I wash bits and pieces from The Other Half's CPAP machine. I'm very unsure how to dismantle one bit despite having been shown how to do it 2 times before. I asked The Other Half when he came home from walking Georgia and he spat the dummy. Then he spat it again when I hogged the bathroom to do the wash up. Little did I know I forgot he was running late for an appointment with the mechanic. [I think he may also be over being sympathetic to my sore knee BWAH haha!]

And lastly.

Georgia ran off in the park this morning to eat something in the bushes. No one knows what it could be. Her tummy looks like she might have swallowed 1/2 a possum [hopefully dead] and she looks like she might chuck up any minute. What's more worrying, she didn't want to eat her fresh turkey leg for brekkie. Struth! I will spit the dummy if she gets crook again, just one week after her tummy got well and I will really get the shits if I have to hobble around cleaning up her chunder.

There you are, Olivia and Petey from NYC! I hope that cleared things up! Please let me know if there are other words I can help you with. As you may have gathered, I'm quite bored here.

[Just in case I was garbling again,  here's a possibly more concise little dictionary.]

Hooroo for now! and of course, please do have a great weekend :) Much love, The Typist X


houndstooth said...

Bwaaa ha ha! I had to reread example two because I could have sworn that said you had to wash out his CRAP machine a couple times a week! I'm sorry, I got a bit derailed there. I do love your lessons on slang -- it always makes me laugh!

georgia little pea said...

Dear Bunny's mama, hmmm... now that you mention it...

H and Flo said...

Bwahahahahahahahahaha! Well paint me green and call me olive if this post didn't make me laugh until I was flat out like a lizard drinking.

Poor Georgia. There certainly is a kind of symmetry going on up here... Flo's a bit of a 'run off into the bush and find some (hopefully) dead things to munch at' kind of girl. She's appeared with an entire skull (and I'm very annoyed that I couldn't work out what it was, though I'm leaning towards some sort of LARGE bird or small wobbly, an (almost) entire set of vertebrae from what I gather was a wobbly, a scapula and various other miscellaneous skeletal parts. I should've kept them all and made some sort of grotesque frankensteinian (?) sculpture. Yes, I'm bored too. :)

Jen said...

I know a lot of slang, but didn't know that one! Hopefully I can remember it, so that I can baffle friends and coworkers.

Jean said...

Hmmmm....okay, now I'm curious...what part of the CPAP do you have problems with? Mine is always falling apart of its own accord (usually at three in the morning when I'm all bleary eyed and incapable of fixing anything) so I sure wish I had one that was difficult to take apart.
As for spit the dummy, I'm guessing its origins stem from an infant's temper tantrum, in which said infant screws up his/her face, lets out a wail, and repeatedly spits out the dummy (a.k.a. pacifier, soother, suckie) the parent is madly trying to stuff back in its mouth in an effort to shut the kid up.

But what I want to know (and I think I asked this before, but I forget the answer) is: What is BOL? I know LOL is Laughing out Loud, and ROFL is Rolling of Floor Laughing, but I've never been able to figure out BOL!

H and Flo said...

A wobbly is a small kangaroo type creature. It's a zoological term. And it's chuck a Uey isn't it? I think that's a question on the Australian Citizenship test. :)

georgia little pea said...

Crikey Fab! I almost chundered reading your comment. And what's with the wobbly? Is it some kind of animal or as in chuck a? Please explain. You guys sure do talk funny up your way.

georgia little pea said...

Fab - Well, that was embarrassing. I was editing my comment (actually 3 times because I wanted it to be perfect) and you must have read it and replied. Come on! Are we THAT bored?! I hope you don't reply to the last comment before I publish this one.

Uey.... Isn't that a U-turn? I've only ever heard it used that way. The citizenship test. BWAH haha! Don't get me started.

Jean - of course you are absolutely right. I belated thought to include a picture of such a baby on the post but was too lazy to turn the computer back on again.

The CPAP works fine. It's just me. I'm afraid.

BOL - Burst Out Laughing. The moment that precedes LOL and which may end up with you ROTFL :)

bermtopia said...

Dear GLP -- The Two-legged Missus so wants to speak and use Stralian in her every-day-conversation and, god help us all, her blog. I fear she may be over reaching in this regard and should stick with words like
"pissed off" and "puke." She argues "spit the dummy" and "chunder" are far more ladylike. Your thoughts?

The TLM needs serious counseling over her writing. I wish I had opposable thumbs, don't you?


Ben in Bermtopia

H and Flo said...

YES I AM THAT BORED, and I'm also googling ways to clean an old grubby linoleum floor (that in itself gets me out of cleaning said floor)... it's a cheap and old ploy, but it's worked for years.

I didn't know what BOL meant. I couldn't work it out. As for ROFL, I read something on FB a few days ago which went 'every time I read ROFL it makes me think of Scooby Doo trying to say waffle'. BWAHhahahaha. You will be pleased to hear that I will leave the commenting alone now. Must. clean. floor. Or nap. Hmmm.

georgia little pea said...

Dear Mr Ben - I do agree that spit the dummy is rather more poetic than piss off. However, it may be less graphic than get the shits. So all in all, I think your TLM is in a good non-offensive place.

Regarding opposable thumbs - I'm quite happy not having them as it would be too much work to have to type up this blog and make coffee every morning.

Regards, Georgia via her Typist X

Olivia and Petey said...

THAT IS SO AWESOME! TERRIFIC! DA BOMB as we say here in the Big Apple! The real megillah! You rock!
Thanks so much!
Have a great weekend!

Susie-Belle Schnauzer said...

This has all made our day, we're ever so polite here and will add a demure teeheehee.

Btw Susie-Belle reckons BOL really means bark out loud, it's what schnauzers do the best ;)

Declan said...

Mum spits out her dummy quite a lot too... but not as often as she throws teddy in the corner. Bad tempered old git... hehe! Deccy x

3 doxies said...

Well dang, I learn new crap everyday over heres! Now I feel so much more smartical...can you believes it?
Chunder? I did dat da udder day and it was all grass...hehehe.


Vero said...

Dear typist,

How is Georgia ? which side did the hopefully dead possum come out? with or without smell?

You seem so bored that I think you could consider these.

FREEZER BAGS:               They are male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.
PHOTOCOPIERS:             These are female, because once turned off; it takes a while to warm them up again. They are an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can also wreak havoc if you push the wrong buttons.
TIRES:                                  Tires are male, because they go bald easily and are often over inflated.
HOT AIR BALLOONS:      Also a male object, because to get them to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under their bottom.
SPONGES:                          These are female, because they are soft, squeezable and retain water.
WEB PAGES:                      Female, because they're constantly being looked at and frequently getting hit on.
TRAINS:                               Definitely male, because they always use the same old lines for picking up people.
EGG TIMERS:                     Egg timers are female because, over time, all the weight shifts to the bottom.
HAMMERS:                         Male, because in the last 5,000 years, they've hardly changed at all, and are occasionally handy to have around.
REMOTE CONTROL:       Female. Ha! You probably thought it would be male, but consider this: It easily gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and while he doesn't always know which buttons to push, he just keeps trying.

georgia little pea said...

Thanks for that email, Vero. It made me BOL. At first I thought it was a lesson in French grammar! I love especially the tires and sponges. I feel a bit bloated today. I thought water retention only happened before menopause. 

Nothing has come out of Georgia yet. She was moaning and quite swollen this morning as I was posting, then settled in the arvo. She has started farting though SIGH SIGH SIGH. 

What Remains Now said...

I love learning 'stralian! Hope whatever Georgia ate isn't interesting enough to turn into a blog post.

georgia little pea said...

Oh god, Lori! I hope not too.

Kristine said...

My parents are English and the word they always used for a baby's soother was "dummy". So when I read "spit the dummy" I figured it meant spit out a soother. Not that I think you go around sucking on such a thing.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

I should do a post on Maritime slang.

Peggy Frezon said...

Very interesting lexicon lesson. Thanks!

I hope Georgia didn't eat anything too bad in the bushes. I know you'll be keeping an eye on her. Luckily for me, Brooks tossed up some of the evidence of what he ate, so I knew right away what was causing the obstruction. Hope she feels better right away.

Jan said...

We love hearing new (to us) slang expressions. Slang is a way for people to express themselves in fresh and exciting ways.

Anonymous said...

LOL what an education in slang! I do hope Miss Georgia feels better fast. Is a swollen tummy her only ailment? i worry so much about bloat I would probably run down to the vet for a swollen tummy!

georgia little pea said...

Kristine - maritime slang! Maritime slang! YES PLEASE!

Peggy and Jodi - I was worried too, especially since our favourite vet is away for 3 months. I don't want ANYTHING to go wrong in these 3 months! Bloat scares me a lot and we follow all the "rules" to avoid that.

Poisoning, fish hooks and bad food is something else though. It's hard to be 100% vigilant with a dog that runs off to scrounge for food in the parks :(

rottrover said...

OMD Georgia! You've been through the ringer, girlfriend. Yep. Muscle relaxers and anti- inflamatories! Woo-HOO. Here's to better days for big,cuddly dogs!,


KimT said...

Fascinating! Language lessons on a Friday eve. I always wanted to learn Australian! (That croc guy was hard to understand sometimes)
Quick question, though - what's "get the crook"??

georgia little pea said...

Oh goody! Another question. Thanks Kim!

You mean feel CROOK? That's feeling sick or not well. GET the shits is like spit the dummy though I think (just by the way it sounds) it's a bigger dummy spit and *ahem* more bogan. They're 2 of my personal favourites. Bogan is a 3rd :)

Re the croc guy. I think he was hard for lots of people to understand.

Berts Blog said...

Education is a never ending part of this life. Thanks so much for teaching us new phrases to use. I wonder what people will think of My Vickie next time she says spit the dummy. Bwah ha ha...

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Bwah haha, (let's get it right folks) I needed this chuckle Typist, I have had no internet since my return and I feel like me legs 'ave been chopped out from under me and I almost spat the dummy.
AND, the Team have had too much bl*#dy roo tonight so the farts are flying fast, and if the chundering starts, the dummy will be spat.
Great to hear you are doing well!! :)
And, it's freezing here tonight, but have a nice roaring fire, so I shan't spit the dummy on that! ;)

georgia little pea said...

HAHA haha Rose (that's LOLing without the sinister tone). What a fine example of spitting the dummy (a few times). Thank you;) Your post just came up on my GR and I shall pop over now. A nice hot mug of coffee by your roaring fire will be nice. I hope The Team will have de-gassed by then. See ya! X

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Being a fellow Aussie I of course understand everything you ever say:) I have to admit to thinking BOL meant Bending Over Laughing! So I learnt something too:)

Now, if GLP did eat half a possum, aren't they protected in Oz? So hopefully it was already dead otherwise I hate to think of the consequences. Actually I hope GLP has had all her consequences from whatever she ate and stops farting soon. Is she entering Deccy's contest?

Oh, but what on earth does CPAP mean, seeing as I'm the only one who doesn't seem to know? I thought it was CRAP at first glance too:) I know what that means!

georgia little pea said...

Dear Sue,

The only living thing I know with more gas than Georgia is me. I suspect it'll be a lifelong issue. Of course the poss (assuming it was one) was dead! My dog is very particular about not eating live things (except flies).

No, we're not entering the Olympics. We're a lazy bunch here.

As for CPAP, here's an excerpt from the ResMed site:
CPAP is short for "continuous positive airway pressure". Positive airway pressure therapy such as CPAP is the most effective noninvasive treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Yeah that's right. The man has problems. it's like going to bed with Darth ;) The way Georgia snores, I wish someone would make a mask for doggies too.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Haha, 'morning Typist, just having my morning brew, and thought I'd jump on the 'puter and see if I'm still connected (mm, sure appears that I am) I am so relieved that someone else asked what CPAP was and that was one of my main goals this morning - to ask you. Can't believe how many people DID know what it was. (Yep, when I do my post) (when), I will update on what's been happening with the Team.

Tootsie said...

Ah, Ms. Georgia.

You are wotten waven.

I'm wagging.


rottrover said...

Georgia - we're chomping big meaty bones even as the publicist types this!! (she feels sorry for me. I keep iving her the "I'm bored" look!!)


Rose ~ from Oz said...

Just left a blimen' essay back at my place for you Typist, but HOW ARE YOU FEELING?? Are you healing well? Is Cushion over his flu? and is Ms Pea hearty and healthy?

georgia little pea said...

Hey Rose. You're back! HAHA!

I'm off for my first follow up with surgeon today. The knee feels pretty good, just a little sore when walking down stairs. Ms Pea is only de-gassing slightly. But poor Cushion is still out of sorts.

I'm being lazy this week and catching up with some other Duties :)

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Hahaha, yep apparently there is life after blog-land! Er, is there???
Good luck at the docs for a good report, poor old Cushion...... dessertspoon of pure olive oil will sort Ms Pea out. ;)

booahboo said...

issssssssss the Cushion still spitting them dummies? hehehehee.. does it mean that you've milked too much this time?

hope Georgia is all okay now and whatever funny she ingested is out... from either side.

am hoping that both GLP and you are healing beautifully.

Karen Friesecke said...

The last paragraph gave me a good chuckle. I *love* Aussie slang!

Leslie said...

Bwaaa ha ha! <-- that's a favorite of mine as well. :)

Between your post (which I'm still BOL'ing over) and the comments here, I've learned more on random Tuesday afternoon than I ever expected to.

With so many of my family and friends in the UK and Australia, I find myself Googling lots of little expressions. (I'm pretty sure my cousin in Wales is actually speaking English but most of the time I still have no idea what he's saying. ;)

chandra said...

Date - buttocks; a date roll is a roll of toilet paper.

BWAH ha ha!

Hopefully whatever it is that went in has found its way out of GLP.

Seppo / Septic tank - an American (rhyming slang for yank).

Now that one is the best.

-c at ddy.

georgia little pea said...

Gee, thanks for that, seppo. Now I'm never going to be able to eat a date roll again ;)

Sage said...

Wow, after reading all that, my education is now complete!

GLP, next time The Typist complains about your tasty morsels, tell her it's skookum.

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

Oh it sounds like it must be something bad! I hope no one is spitting the dummy over there now--and thanks for clearing that up!

Unknown said...

Ha! Looks like I returned at the perfect moment! Now I can truthfully claim to have learned a bit of Aussiespeak!

Hope GLP's tummy is none the worse for her indiscriminate eating. :)

3 doxies said...

Hey, it's me Puddles...I was just coming by to sees hows ya'll is doin'. Hello...hello...anybuddy there?


Rose ~ from Oz said...

Come on Typist, we're all waiting for a 'knee report'.

booahboo said...

HarooooooooooooooooOOOOOO... anyone homeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee... you can keep me waiting but you cannot keep Puddles waiting.. cos she's a lady just like you :)

GLP.. get your lazy Typist up on her feet and get her to type for youssssss...

Jean said...

Georgia, I thought your typist had knee surgery, not finger surgery. I sure hope all is okay with you - and her.
If your typist is on strike or just being lazy, maybe you could type us a few words even though you don't have opposable thumbs like the typist and haven't been to spelling school - I'm sure we'll be able to understand it just fine!