Bob's Your Uncle
When I thought about things that will be left behind as we enter the
new millennium, the language of older Australians came to mind, particularly
old Australian colloquialisms. With the globalisation of culture, and
the strong influence of American colloquial language through film, music
and television, many of the sayings of older Australians have become rustic
and are unused by the wider population. They have become quaint, invoking
an earlier Australia that no longer exists. I chose to write the phrases
I collected on another anachronism, the handkerchief. The disposability
of the tissue has pushed aside the familiar, personal comfort of the hanky.
Somehow there seemed to be a relationship between these now unused hankies
lying dormant in peoples drawers, and the unused phrases which may survive
in dictionaries but otherwise will simply disappear.