It’s been awhile since I reported on odd Aussie lingo. In truth, it’s become a surprisingly normal part of our life here and we’ve each picked up a few favorite phrases (“pear-shaped” and “reckon” for Steve; “ta” and “I couldn’t be bothered” for me). But this one is just so wacko it had to be duly documented: over birthday cake yesterday in the office, the Aussies called a “spork” a “splade”.

That’s right, not only do they not know the function of a fork versus a knife, they apparently also have a medieval way of referring to cutting instruments. Despite protestations on all fronts from the Americans and Kiwis, the Aussies could not see any problem in referring to a spoon-like instrument that has no cutting edge whatsoever as a hybrid-blade.

Silly Australians….