Friday, January 04, 2008


When I wrote here that "the boy has a bit of bogan in him", I had no idea that folks in England might take it completely the wrong way. And when I was informed of the possible misreading, I laughed so hard I need my asthma inhaler (but wasn't able to suck any in for about ten minutes).

So if you're English and guffawing your head off (or if you're a shocked English relative), I'll just say right now that the boy does not, and never did, have any part of a bogan's body up his bum.

I hope that clears it up.



Nigel Patel said...

Dialects are tricky.

No Milk Please said...

i am not sure what 'bogan' is supposed to mean. :)

Violet said...

nigel: they sure are. Over here, a rubber is an eraser :-)

no milk: a bogan is like an antipodean version of a red-neck. Here's a longer definition from

"Appearance. Typically clad in black rib jeans, and a shredded black heavy-metal t-shirt. Clothing with beer logos is an acceptable alternative to above. Black oilstains on skin optional. A curious feature is the haircut, which although short(ish) at the front and sides is long and straggly at the back. The cover thus provided enables one to distinguish the bogan from
the Redneck.

Habitat: The beach in summer, but only those with free road access... Despite the heat, bogans NEVER
expose their torsos, even when swimming. Science has yet to explain why they refuse to shed their protective coating of black fabric. Bogans may be found at all times on back roads, at rugby matches, and in public bars.
If you can't see a bogan straight away, they may be shy - try watching the older Holden Kingswoods for activity.

Feeding: Copious quantities of BEER provide all the nourishment a Bogan

Reproduction. Bogans appear to be exclusively male. Females are activeley repelled by cries of "getchagearsoff" or "showusyagrowler" if they dare
venture too close.

Seldom seen in numbers fewer than three."