No no no, not in Australia. Not here.
However, some of you may remember that a long time ago I wrote the post called Australian Language: We’ve Got A Word You Haven’t! And today I’m going to tell you about another word you haven’t got; we may not have rednecks, chavs, white trash or trailer park boys here, but we do have…
Whichever country you live in, especially those of you from the United States, UK or Canada, you’ll be particularly aware of the stereotypes I have mentioned above. So you’ll probably not need me to explain exactly what a bogan is. But just in case anyone is unsure of where we’re going with this, let’s see what the Wikipedia entry for bogan has to say:
“The term bogan is Australian and New Zealand slang, usually pejorative or self-deprecating, for an individual who is recognised to be from an unsophisticated background or someone whose speech, clothing, attitude and behaviour exemplifies a lack of manners and education. Whilst bogan is widely recognised, localised names exist that describe the same or very similar groups of people.”
We’ve had a very serious week here on Bobinoz, what with the election and my explanation of preferential voting. So today I thought it was a good idea to lighten things up and take a look at bogan culture in Australia.
When I think of chavs, shellsuits and mullets spring to mind. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shellsuit here in Australia, but I have seen one or two mullets. But before we all start laughing at bogan’s, I should point out that there is a website called Things Bogans Like and they have published a list of over 250, yes, you’ve guessed it, things bogan’s like.
I have had a quick squiz through the list and some of the things that bogans like, I do too. For example, Foxtel, without whom live Premier League football would not be possible for me; freedom of speech, for obvious reasons and… oh, well those two anyway. Does that make me a bit of a bogan? Maybe you have a bit of bogan too.
Do you like IKEA? Yes, it’s on the list.
Those of you who don’t mind your language X-rated can see the full list here to see how bogan you really are.
But today is Friday, time for a YouTube…