Invasion of the Vernacular Snatchers
The legendary Australian bone-dry sense of humour is brilliantly illustrated in the Herald today. A character calling himself Richard Magoffin managed to convince a reporter that there was a story in repeating the old nonsense about American influences destroying our language and, yes, even our culture.
Just look at the fun he has:
“I met a kid the other day who had never heard of a schemozzle”
What a hoot, using a yiddish word to illustrate the death of the Australian vernacular. Mazel tov, Cobber!
He goes on:
“There is so much sport on television, and although there is that (element of) having a drink and cheering on, an extreme amount of television is dumbing down Australia and we don’t want to turn into a little America.”
The cheeky bugger seems to be saying that it’s American TV that is dumbing us down, not getting drunk and watching sport! Heh, good one. Pass the VB, professor!
At the same time he seems to be making, with a straight face, the accusation that all this Amercian television we are watching is sport (the bad kind of sport obviously). What with Wimbledon, the Ashes tour, and international Rugby Test matches all making sports headlines this week, well, you just have to admire the timing of a statement like this.
A better example of the dry Australian larrikin humour you will not find. Thanks, Richard Magoffin (if that is your real name!)