Enough sheilas? C’mon, fair shake of the sauce bottle
“Fair shake of the sauce bottle”: That’s the exact quote from a press conference Kevin Rudd has just held where he was accused of failing to promote enough women onto his frontbench.
Mr Rudd went on to say: “Turn it up. Get your hand off it. I mean, fair suck of the sav, Laurie. There’s a s..tload of sheilas and I for one can’t understand the s..torm.” Well alright he didn’t actually say that but it would have been nice if he did.
Rudd’s shake of the sauce bottle quote isn’t the first time he’s dipped into the rich vein of archaic Australian vernacular to make his point by using metaphors favoured by most people’s grandparents.
When he took ill out at Stadium Australia a year or so ago after downing a dodgy dagwood dog, the PM said he’d been “up all night driving the porcelain bus.”
He’s not the first prime minister to use evocative Australian English to make his point. Paul Keating is not only a custodian of slang profanity, he invented several terms himself, such as when he said that Malcolm Fraser “looked like an Easter Island statue with an arse full of razor blades.”
And John Howard confused the rest of the free world when he took the international stage ahead of the war in Iraq to say it was time for Saddam to be “fair dinkum” about whether he possessed weapons of mass destruction. Sadly Mr Howard didn’t also promise to stand lock-step with the seppos, to-and-froms and forby-twos in the war on terror, but he went ahead and did it anyway.
These terms must be kept alive for future generations and I for one salute Mr Rudd and his sauce bottle. Which terms would you add to his list? And perhaps more importantly, are there enough sheilas on the frontbench?
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