The Art of the Australian Insult

Act like Aussies and look like eejits
July 7, 2008, 5:55 am
Filed under: International relations, National insults, Sport | Tags: , ,

Simon Barnes of The Times sees in the behaviour of English cricketers a distressingly inept attempt to mimic their antipodean equivalents.


“Time, I think, for a brief lesson on mimicry in the natural world. For it is my view that the English cricket team have adopted the wrong mimetic strategy and that is why we have a side of unpleasant, loud-mouthed, posturing young men repeatedly making titanic fools of themselves by their ill-judged and offensive behaviour…”


“The people they are trying to mimic are the Australians, of course. Then Australians invented sledging, rudeness and overt aggression as a part of cricket. They are also the best in the world and have been for some time. So, England reason, they had better be rude and unpleasant too – or they won’t be the best in the world…The error is that England think that this for of mimicry makes them look like serious hard cricketers. Actually, it makes them look like eejits.”


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