What Exactly Does That Mean??

I’m an Australian, and I’m writing an Australian book series. πŸ˜€ Which means what I’m writing about is very familiar to me for the most part (though granted I wasn’t alive in 1872 πŸ˜‰ ). But I realise that not all my readers will share the same birthplace as me! So in the back of my book, I’ve included a glossary of different terms to avoid confusion. πŸ˜€

Which brings me to today’s post idea! I decided to pick out some Aussie terms (and particularly things that were more common in colonial times). Not all of them appear in Jayne’s Endeavour. But I thought it would be fun all the same! πŸ˜€


A bushranger might make you think of someone who patrols an area of countryside or a mounted solider, and in a way you’d be correct! A bushranger does indeed “patrol” an area on horseback, but he’s not your law-abiding citizen! A bushranger is the equivalent of an outlaw! Someone who rides about the Australian bush roads, holding up gold escorts, robbing banks, and committing other crimes. Sometimes they were escaped convicts who turned to the bushlife for their survival and livelihood. A very infamous one was Ned Kelly. He wore homemade armour like the one pictured below.


A medium-sized metal can with a handle and lid. It’s lightweight and often used to cook over an open campfire or to brew some tea! It’s handy for boiling water and carting it too. A billy is very authentic to the goldrush/colonial era and Australia in general. πŸ˜€ They are still a popular camping essential!

Hard-boiled Lolly

Let me just say these are very yummy!! And they make me think of the nearby pioneer village we sometimes visit. πŸ˜€ In Australia, a lolly is the same thing as candy. Lollies can be soft and chewy or hard. πŸ˜€ Hard-boiled lollies are more of a pioneer/colonial term (at least to me!). And yes, hard-boiled lollies are, well, hard! You definitely have to suck them πŸ˜› It’s quite fun to watch the lolly demonstrations at the pioneer village and then to get a taste! Raspberry drops, lemon drops, and musk drops are just some of the types on offer . . .

Yvonne stepped up beside Jayne, and Mr O’Donnell swept off his hat and bowed low. β€œHow’s the youngest Miss Reid?” His hand went to his pocket and brought forth a crinkled paper bag. He held it out to Yvonne, whose eyes lit up.

β€œYe didn’t think I’d have forgotten ye like lemon drops, did ye now?”

Chapter 11, Jayne’s Endeavour

The Bush

This term brings to mind very pleasant smells and images. I love the Aussie bush! It really is just the term Australians use instead of “forest.” It can be dry and sparse or lush and green–complete with creeks, ferns, and leeches (yuck!). We live right near a mountain range, so we go walking in the bush often with the call of birds, bounding kangaroos, and the smell of eucalyptus/gum trees. πŸ˜€

Ok, so this is a more barren looking picture without much undergrowth!
And this is the other end of the spectrum–more rain foresty than a typical bush setting! But sometimes you get a combination of the two.
And this reminds me of my home area! πŸ˜€

So there you have it! And just for the record, finding authentic pictures of those things was hard, as all the stock photo sites I was using are American!! πŸ˜› Hence the total absence of some pictures! πŸ˜‰

Such a beautiful Australian scene πŸ˜€ I love rustic buildings like this!

Even though there is diversity among different countries around the world, God’s Word tells us: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:28-29

So were any of those things familiar terms already? Hopefully there was something fun and new in there for my non-Australian readers! πŸ˜‰ It’s fun learning about different names for things and things that are unique to specific countries. πŸ˜€


8 responses to “What Exactly Does That Mean??”

  1. Wow, Lauren, this was neat! I’m really not that familiar with Australia at all, so these were all new to me! Being able to walk in the woods amongst kangaroos sounds so enchanting! XD I’m pretty sure if I came across a bushranger you would hear me screaming all the way across the world, haha! That guy is terrifying! I’m showing him off to my family just to watch them jump XD
    I have a glossary of Army terms in my book. Maybe I should do a post on them someday! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kassie! Haha! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Yeah, it would be VERY terrifying seeing a bushranger appear from behind a tree πŸ˜‰ I hoped that some of the things would be new to people who don’t live in Australia! πŸ™‚ I love walking in the bush–it’s beautiful! Right now, it’s so dry that all the kangaroos are coming right into our backyard searching for food!

      I’m not that familiar with Army terms, so I’m sure if you do end up doing a post, I’ll learn some new things too πŸ˜€

  2. I love Aussie speak! It’s so fun sounding! When you said Bushranger, all I could think of was a bushmaster, a poisonous snake from central/South America, lol! I suppose the are in the same class: don’t want either to cross your path!

    Do you find U.S. phrases hard to understand? If there’s anything you’re curious about, let me know! I’d love to return the favor!

    1. And hey, you should totally do this! Even just things you say in NC because I know there’s some localized things between states and I feel like everybody says them and they don’t. πŸ˜‰

      1. Yeah, you’re right, Kassie! Even just things that are common in someone’s family aren’t necessarily the same as other people! I like little sayings and stuff that different generations etc say! πŸ˜€ I saw your post that you did about Texas too!

    2. πŸ˜€ I’ll have to do some more posts like this one!! They are fun ones to come up with πŸ˜‰ I’ve never heard of a bushmaster snake, but I certainly wouldn’t want to meet one of those either!!

      Hmmm . . . well I think that a lot of U.S terms/phrases are fairly familiar to me as my family has absorbed lots of America resources–books, sermons, documentaries, blogs etc And we have met a number of people from America, but I’m sure that there are things I have no idea about still!! πŸ˜›

  3. I think the bush was the only term that I knew; this was very interesting! And I loved the pictures; thanks for sharing!! I’m looking forward to reading more about Australia through your book and future blog posts. πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks, Leona! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I’m glad that most of the terms were new! I thought they would be unfamiliar, but then I started to doubt myself πŸ˜› I plan to do some more posts along the lines of this one, so stayed tuned! πŸ˜‰ And thanks for your encouragement πŸ™‚

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