Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

The Times and Our Language Is Changing

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

The Times and Our Language Is Changing

Article excerpt

WHEN I opened my Facebook page this morning I was greeted with a myriad of messages wishing me a "Happy Hump Day".

It could be because I am a child of the '50s but "Hump Day" has nothing to do with the day of the week; or humps.

Like many other things, our language changes with time. As a small child, I can remember my mother telling me about an incident that happened during the war. A group of young Aussie girls were playing tennis with American soldiers. After a particularly vigorous game, one girl slumped onto the grass and laughingly proclaimed, "That was a great game - but I'm knocked up now." Her comment brought instant silence to the Americans. The American soldiers were quite shocked that a young, unmarried girl would announce this fact in a public place.

When researching the history of the Mt Larcom State School for the 125th Jubilee, I was amazed at the variety of items of memorabilia. One past student had an original newspaper cutting that told of a tragic accident that shook the town in 1967. …

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