Wednesday, December 2, 2009
spoken: dahl. Abbreviated version of "darling." By the way, EVERYTHING is abbreviated here. Aussie patois is the sonic love child of _A Clockwork Orange_ and Dr. Seuss. Hang out in Newtown or Darlinghurst on a Friday night. You'll hear what I mean.
Anyway, for the longest time, I was getting really offended because older men - especially bus drivers - kept calling me "darl," which I heard as "doll." As in deeply sexist, but hey I played along cos I figured: cultural difference. Only about six months into living here did I realize they were calling me "darling" - sort of the Aussie version of the Texan "darlin'".
I guess that's slightly less infantilizing.