The Art of the Australian Insult

Paddo, land of pretentious tossers
April 30, 2009, 3:27 pm
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“Twenty-five years ago, maybe, when nouveaux riches and poor lived side by side and the shops were an interesting mix of secondhand book and furniture stores, greengrocers and oddments such as the chocolate factory. Now it is full of pretentious tossers shopping at overpriced clothes boutiques. And even they are packing up as the global financial crisis bites.”

Jim Gentles of Coogee disputes the assertion by another SMH reader that Paddington is Sydney’s most desirable suburb.

How will they cope?
April 6, 2009, 11:08 pm
Filed under: Social class

“There you go again bashing our state’s poor elite private schools (“Big pay day for top private schools in cash handout”, April 6).

One look at my local elite private school and you would see that its art gallery was built years ago (it looks like it was thrown together by the ancient Greeks).

And it must have only about 10 cricket nets. How is it to produce the next generation of lawyers and merchant bankers with such limitations?”

Adam Williams Summer Hill, letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Decorative dolls for the pleasure of men
March 12, 2009, 10:54 pm
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“I think you are trying to turn us in to decorative f*** dolls for the service and pleasure of men.”

Northern Territory sparkette and Ladette to Lady contestant Sarah Brunton, to the headmistress of the finishing school attempting to, well, finish her. She also called an aristocrat an “inbred tosser”.

Good for her.

Cheap and Nasty
February 25, 2009, 2:01 am
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Two responses to the diabolical TV show otherwise known as Australia’s version of Ladette to Lady:

“Using the terms intelligent and pole dancing in describing the same person is a con. I may be female, feminist and 50, but I know suckers when I see them. Women, young and old, who believe that behaving like the worst of the lads is liberation and freedom are in for a rude shock when wisdom kicks in.

Raunch is not a product of feminism. But it is all about “product”. If women are ever to be more than commodities in their own eyes or the eyes of men, they would do well to defy the pressures from marketers and image makers who prey on them from the cradle to … well, about 50.”

Mhairi Fraser Goulburn

“However, I suggest the behaviour of both the ladettes and the ladies are contrivances of talentless television directors who set out to fashion the actors into caricatures in order to sell a cheap and nasty program.”

Brian O’Donnell Burradoo

They act like they have a smell under their noses
August 20, 2008, 4:48 am
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“Pymble Ladies College must be totally outraged by having their exclusive relationship tainted by having to expel four students who were found sniffing fumes from aerosol cans. However, one could only hope that the aerosol cans were of a good sophisticated quality and not the cheap and nasty brands which may be found in some of the aspiratonal schools.”

David Klein of Glenfield writes to the Daily Telegrpah in response to this story.

Lost in suburbia
August 15, 2008, 5:51 am
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“Life in Australia is neither urban nor rural but suburban. If your ambition is to live on Ramsay Street, where nobody has ever been heard to discuss a book or a movie, let alone an international event, then Australia may be the place for you.”

Germaine Greer, 2004, quoted in today’s Australian. Earlier this month, Catherine Deveny, writing in The Age, declared:

“I can’t tell you how often I were living in some outer suburb, content with signed and framed football jumpers on the wall, no bookshelves amd a coffee table covered in remote controls, happy to read romance novels over my Cup-a-Soup. At least I’ve have some peace. In the immortal words of Radiohead; no alarms and no surprises.”

August 4, 2008, 6:06 am
Filed under: Crime, Lifestyles, Social class | Tags: ,

“A pack of skunks.”

Family of a sixteen year old charged with the bashing murder of Daniel Owen, a Circular Quay chef. The boy’s mother was pictured, dressed Vicky Pollard-style in tracksuit pants, with exposed midriff and navel piercing, showing the middle finger of both hands.

Proud to be a bogan
July 18, 2008, 1:20 am
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“What if I had come from an underprivileged background? What if I’d had a poor education? Is that something to hold against a person? I came to Australia to escape a dreadful caste system.

And then, I paused from my bourgeois whingeing and realized how deeply proud I am to be called bogan. Until now I’d never felt at home. At last, I am Australian. A genuine she’ll-be-right-onya-mate ocker bogan. I’m going to send my neighbour a bunch of flowers to thank him. Nah, make that two slabs of beer.”

South African immigrant Hadass Segal reflects on the significance of being called a bogan by a neighbour.

Don’t drink VB out of a can on business class
July 9, 2008, 9:06 am
Filed under: Crime, Culture, Social class

If you want to pass yourself off as a pukka business class passenger, do not drink Victoria Bitter out of a can.  That’s how flight attendant Leah Jury noticed that con artist Jodie Harris didn’t really belong on a Qantas business class flight between Brisbane and Melbourne:

“[She] said, “No glass”; not really what most business class passengers do. I couldn’t believe it.”

Perhaps unwisely, Ms Jury left her bag on the seat next to Ms Harris when visiting the loo, giving the latter the perfect opportunity to steal her driver’s licence and thus her identity.  As reported by Milanda Rout in The Australian, Harris yesterday pleaded guilty to 96 counts of theft and “obtaining property by deception”.