As DPR rightly says, the slang term 'abo' (from Aborigine) when used in a disparaging manner -- and usually accompanied by a not very nice adjective -- is now politically incorrect and is regarded as offensive. However, the term 'Aborigine' is still used officially as in the ethnic group 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders'.
Unofficially, and in private, the words 'abo' and the plural 'abos' are still in general currency. I've even heard indigenous people refer to themselves as abos or 'blackfellas', whilst whites are 'whitefellas'.
Aboriginal stockmen were (and still are) highly regarded for their abilities on Australia's vast cattle farms, although they were shamefully exploited by the land owners and lived in virtual servitude until 1968, when they were awarded equal pay. Rolf Harris's classic song was written in 1957, and in those days most white people didn't give much thought to the plight of the Aborigines. The word 'abo' was just that -- a word, shortened from the original in the usual Australian affectionate (and lazy) manner.
Some years after the first publication of the song Harris did substitute the word 'emus' for 'abos'. He has since apologised for including what he now recognises as a racist verse in his song. Only of course in those days, like so many things, it wasn't racist but just a word in common currency.
Has anyone ever heard Tim Minchin's account of using the N word in the USA. It seems a few things we each think of as harmless are received pretty poorly in the other country for PC reasons. Don't worry D70 I didn't take offense, but someone somewhere might.
Rolf emigrated to the UK decades ago (if he ever was an aussie) so his songs have more multinational recognition than you'd think.
A wild Koala to break up the developing roo theme
So we are into the koala theme now? :)
Ha I love that pose Tim, looks like he's just finished his Christmas lunch.
Our state premier at a department function thanking the workers - shot on a D80 with kit lens in harsh midday sun on jpg held over my head, pretty astounding IQ considering
It was super popular in its U.S. release and in the top ten of the "top 40" here. We were still transitioning from the folk era to the British Invasion in 63/64, and this fit into those catagories. Sort of a one man "Australian Invasion". Waltzing Matilda was also a popular folk song here.
Originally Posted by tim11
Additionally Australia has always been a kindred spirit here, sharing a pioneering history as a former colony, and having similar growing pains. This continues to today with several of our leading actors/actresses being from Australia.
From a personal perspective, We operated with the HMS Perth (a sister ship to the USS Goldsborough) in Vietnam. I was fortunate enough to get down there once for a very short visit in that time period (late 60's). Going back is on my todo list.
Tim and Dread,
Both excellent shots. Tim,that is truely a funny pose. Thanks for the shift in subjects, although the roos in a sea of grass is a great shot.
Note: After several movies (primarily Australia) and documetaries on PBS, I think the US public are aware of the plight of native Austalians. I'm not sure that we knew the word abo had the same negative connotation that the "n" word has here... we do now.
Shift gears. For those who remember Star Trek IV... Here is a recent shot of the Cetacean Institute in "Sausalito". This is actually the Monterey Aquarium on Cannery Row, about 120 miles from Sausalito (just North of San Francisco).
Now corrected for my natural 1.5 degree right tilt...
Very cool, I remember that scene and the movie cracked me up with Chekov in the aircraft carrier Enterprise