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One country, Yet Same Article called by Another Name

By Edited May 18, 2016 2 6

Why is the same thing called-by various names? We noticed as we travelled around Australia, the way names of different foods, fish; in fact almost anything was called by different names. Why is this?I can understand this happening in different nationalities and speaking language countries but….




From Western Australia to the East Coast through all the different States of Australia we noticed a lot of differences.











As a child we used to go to friend's dams and catch Jilgies (cannot find the right spelling even in dictionaries) others called them Yabbies. (Not in dictionary) Kurnacs or curnacks (not in dictionary). More commonly known as freshwater crayfish.











We call a solid sausage knob Polony. Yet in other places it was called fritz, and devon.










We call it pumpkin over the east it is trombone.










To us a round-of-sandwiches is two slices with filling.In the East when I asked for a round-of-sandwiches I got one slice of bread.I can actually see how that may happen because logically 1 slice = 1 round.







Skippy's or skipjack (fish)






we call-them Skippy's (beautiful eating). They call them trivially.




Herring (fish)






we call-them Herring.They call them Tommy Roughs




Traffic Rules






In the west we go to the center of the road to turn right.Over the East you go to the left and wait for clear road and turn right.I can also understand this in some towns and cities as they have trams in the center of their roads. I wouldn't want to get run down by one of them.


I will add more of these as I find them




Mar 16, 2010 3:12am
Great article, I did not realize the differences in areas in Australia but some of the same type of differences are here in the states too.
Mar 16, 2010 11:51am
It is odd Eileen, you are right. Polony, Herring, Sandwiches are all very British
Mar 16, 2010 11:52am
It is odd Eileen, you are right. Polony, Herring, Sandwiches are all very British
Mar 16, 2010 9:11pm
JHKersey, Its weird isnt it, when its one country not like another language. thanks

Ethel, I think we follow the british english for want of a better word, yet we seem to go with the us spellings now mainly. thanks
Mar 25, 2010 5:56am
Hi Eileen,
Just joined and know your work from over in hubpages. This is an interesting article. Even such a small island as the UK has so many different words for the same thing, though the locations may only be a few miles a part. Lovely article. To me a round of sandwiches is two slices of bread, but some people clarify this by calling it a sandwich round. Odd.
May 7, 2010 8:47am
Georgina, thanks for your interesting comments. Yes It has been a thorn in my side for ages. Just wondered if others found the same and evidently this is so. thanks for that.
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