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  • The ornateness of Australian slang seems Southern to this Yank(ee). I wonder if the habit of colorful phrases like “as useless as tits on a boar hog” or “like a dying calf in a hailstorm” (both habitual with my Southern wife) came to Australia with the influx of Confederates after the U.S. Civil War.

  • I should have written “an influx” rather than “the influx”; I didn’t mean to imply that such an influx actually existed.

    Googling for [southern phrases] turns up lots of lists; feel free, O Australians, to pick over these, find interesting ones, and try to popularize them! “More nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs” and “too dumb to pour piss out of a boot [with the instructions written on the heel]” strike me as very promising.